What on Earth is Feldenkrais?!

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In the face of occasional powerlessness, inefficiency or even worse, contra-effectiveness of the official medicine, people turn to alternative methods, either completely, or even better, as a complementary cure to their traditional therapies. You’ve probably heard of and know something about, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and other types of holistic medicine.

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Yet, with the rise in need and popularity, new techniques are coming up. One of them is called Feldenkrais. You may or may not have heard about it, but chances are you don’t have much info about what it actually is. So here is a brief, yet comprehensive explanation of this new holistic medicine practice.

Origins
This method was devised by the Israeli physicist Moshe Feldenkrais who was, of course, inspired to research and discover a new movement therapy by his own health problem, more precisely, his chronically injured knee. In the face of an unwanted knee surgery, he invested all his skill and knowledge as a physicist, engineer, and martial artist (he was a Judo teacher) into finding a relief for his injury without undergoing the surgical intervention. Once he managed to relieve it, in the 1950s, he spent the rest of his life improving and perfecting the technique which is based on conscious movement and the relation between mind and body.

What is it?
Feldenkrais Method is basically a way of retraining your body. It avoids mindless repetition and promotes the view no two repetitions should feel the same. The approach of this method is somatic, or holistic, meaning it sees the mind and body as a whole. It encourages conscious movement and instead of telling you the best way to perform a certain motion or exercise, it asks you explore and find the best way for yourself, by letting your subconscious mind choose the right one for each situation. But before that, you need to “show” to your brain that for each movement, it has so many options to choose.

These are some basic principles, but you don’t even need to know them all. The most important thing is to follow the instructions of your Feldenkrais teacher, which means you need to be fully focused. AFeldenkrais session can be done in agroup, which can resemble yoga or tai chi lessons, but they differ in the way that your instructor doesn’t show you how to do an exercise, but actually just sits there and tells you what do, so you have to figure out yourself how to actually do it. The other option is to have individual sessions which are way more effective, and of course, unfortunately, more expensive.

How does it work?
As previously mentioned, this is a somatic method, treating mind and body as a single entity. It uses the principles of biomechanics and physics together with empirical comprehension of learning. Its focus is on increasing our self-awareness, discovering for ourselves where our tensions and blockages lie and finding the best way to resolve them. As Moshe Feldenkrais says himself: “We move according to our perceived self-image.”

This method can help you relieve the tension and muscular pain, breathe fuller and easier, be more relaxed and improve your overall well-being, improve your sports or dance performance and increase vitality, but it can also help as complimentary therapy in case of some serious injuries or illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, but also autism in children.

If, however, you would prefer something more traditional, you can learn more about chiropractors here https://www.fixbodygroup.com/chiropractor/rancho-penasquitos/san-diego/. Chiropractors use a more scientific and physical approach to healing. It is up to you to decide what kind of a person you are and what kind of treatment suits you the best.

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