What is the Feldenkrais method?
Feldenkrais Method is a type of alternative exercise therapy developed by engineer and physicist Moshe Feldenkrais that aims to improve psychological state and body movement by reorganizing connections between the brain and body. It has been recognised for its ability of improving posture, flexibility, coordination, and self-image and alleviating muscular tension and pain.
How does the Feldenkrais method work?
Feldenkrais Method uses enhancement of self awareness to address the dormant areas of the self and promote a larger and more graceful movements using the innate ability of the nervous system to create change and improve movement. The goal of this technique is to realize and identify any potentially constricting habits and movements and to learn new ways of expanding their range of movement. Becoming more self-aware helps people to be able to better involve more of their body in their movements and motion and may experience an improved sense of physical and emotional functioning.
Feldenkrais Method is based on various principles of physics, biomechanics and a complete understanding of human development. As a form of somatic education, this approach uses gentle movement and directed attention to enhance human functioning and improve bodily movement.
Health benefits of the Feldenkrais method
The Feldenkrais Method was specifically designed to treat people with restricted, pained, or an otherwise limited range of motion due to injuries, chronic pain, or other physical or neurological concerns.
The Feldenkrais method has been shown to offer the following benefits:
- Reduced pain
- Improved health and general sense of well-being
- Improved attention and concentration
- Using less effort to complete tasks
- Improved body posture, movement, and balance
- Increased body flexibility and coordination
- Decreased muscle stiffness and fatigue
- Easier breathing
- Better control over muscular tension
- Promotes relaxation
- Reduced stress
- Increased energy levels
- Re-discovery of efficient, graceful movement
- Increased range of motion