Everyone can benefit from improved awareness of how they move.
For no group of people is this more true than those who live with neurological movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease and MS. If you have been diagnosed with a movement disorder, it’s time to become a movement expert – and the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education can help!
Impaired ability in the movements of daily life – walking, balance, lifting, swallowing, etc. – is a scary thing to face. The good news is that our bodies are capable of doing most movements in a number of different ways. The key is to train our attention on how we are doing what we want to do. Just like there is a huge difference between breathing unconsciously and taking a pause for a nice, full breath, so there is a difference between doing movements in old, habitual ways and learning how to do them with skillful presence. Scientific studies increasingly bear out this view, showing that movement-based embodied practices like the Feldenkrais Method increase grey-matter density, decrease stress, and boost quality of life.
All over the world, people with movement disorders have found that the Feldenkrais Method can help them recover a sense of safety, confidence, and power in their movement.
I have been quite impressed with how this very straightforward therapeutic biomechanical approach to physical movement provides substantial reductions in muscular tension and associated increases in mobility.
Ira Bernstein, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research & Professor at UVM, Burlington