Some History of Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method® is named after its founder, Moshe Feldenkrais, who developed a revolutionary “Awareness Through Movement” therapy to help himself deal with a severe knee injury. Feldenkrais was is a mid-century Renaissance Man, born in Russia in 1904, educated at The Sorbonne, and living in Israel in he late 1940s. He was an athlete, a scholar and a scientist. Aficionados have spread the work throughout the world. There is an excellent web site for more information about Feldenkrais at http://www.feldenkrais.com.

According to Charlotte, Feldenkrais theories include the idea that your body has an inherent intelligence – you don’t come to this process to be fixed, you come to re-learn what has been lost. She describes a system of “teaching and describing” movement that allows the body to rediscover easier, freer way’s to move, and to “access the nervous system through movement.” By focusing on the retraining of the central nervous system, the number of people who can benefit from the Feldenkrais method is vast. This approach to learning reveals and altars habitual behaviors, postures and ways of moving that cause chronic tension and pain. It helps you to improve posture and breathing. You learn to reduce stress, tension, and fatigue. You learn to ease pain and stiffness. And you learn to develop efficient and flexible movement.

“This is not about how to never have pain,” says Charlotte, ” but it is about learning that you don’t have to get “stuck” in pain or any other circumstance in life. This will help you to accomplish more in your life by helping you to stay balanced, by helping you handle your setbacks, manage your pain, and recover.” It may even help you, in Moshe Feldenkrais’ words, “to realize your unavowed dreams”.

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