Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education
In early childhood, we experimented a lot with our body and interacted with the outer world mainly through our sensations.
In those first years, the ways in which we use our bodies changed dramatically in a short period of time. Each of us learnt in our own individual way to crawl, walk, stand, speak, feel, listen and carry all the other functions. Each of us went through a truly unique journey of self-discovery and functional development!
With time, these ways of performing different actions solidify as "good enough" and go onto the subconscious level. Many of us never go back to reconsider their effectiveness in the new circumstances. This creates a self-image of what we can and what we can not do.
Very often, however, this self-image is much smaller than our actual capacity and is full of limiting beliefs.
When, already in adulthood, you face a challenge in terms of movement (an injury or some externally caused limitation), chances are that you go for the simplest solution. You adapt to the change by adding new layers to your habitual movement patterns. And you are not alone.
Unfortunately, we almost never reconsider the whole chain of habitual layers that we have piled up througout our lives. In many cases, we forget to take off that last adaptation layer once the problem is gone. So, we continue living with the stacks of habitual movement patterns that we piled up over the course of our lives.
Series of such unhealthy movement adaptations can often be a cause
of significant discomfort, tension and pain in daily life.
The Feldenkrais Method, developed by Moshe Feldenkrais in the mid-1900s, is a gentle and effective approach that can help you unpile the unnecessary layers. By tapping into the natural intelligence of your nervous system (including the quality of neuroplasticity) you can open up neurological pathways for a sustainable change for the better.
This education movement system combines the physics principles with functional and evolutionary movement sequences from Judo. Through the movement experience itself, it teaches you how to better use your own body by improving your sensory awareness.
The Feldenkrais method works to optimise your neuromuscular connections - that is, to strengthen the cooperation between mind and body. By cultivating your awareness to integrate more of yourself into your movements, you expand the range of movement possibilities and expand your self-image toward your full potential.
This method lies at the heart of the Mindful Movement work I do.