“No matter how closely we look, it is difficult to find a mental act
that can take place without the support of some physical function.”
It’s interesting to me that as a human race, we hang on so tightly to the belief that our mind and our body are separate. The placebo affect is an obvious example of how interconnected our mind and body are. The relatively new science of neuroplasticity also shines a spotlight on the connection between our physical capabilities and the mind.
This portion of an article from the Feldenkrais Institute helps explain the theory behind the science and practice:
“The Feldenkrais Method explores the biological and cultural aspects of movement, posture and learning, and how our habits can constrain us to a small portion of our potential. Through our personal history, upbringing, culture, injuries, illness, etc., we each adopt patterns of physical psychological behavior. These patterns are deeply embedded in our nervous system, and often become outmoded or dysfunctional, creating unnecessary physical and psychological limitations. The Feldenkrais Method uses a process of organic learning, movement and sensing to free you from habitual patterns and allow for new patterns of thinking, moving and feeling to emerge.”
I’ve been curious about this practice since taking a yoga movement class from a person whose life was changed by Feldenkrais. Having suffered debilitating pain throughout her body for most of her adult life, she was the absolute picture of health as her strong and flexible body moved from pose to pose.
I wanted what she had.
After recently dipping my toes into the Feldenkrais pool, I’ve diving all the way in. I’m already a believer in many kinds of bodywork and structural integration. It supports a person structurally, physically and emotionally. I was excited to try this new-to-me treatment.
My hour-long Feldenkrais session exceeded my expectations, although I don’t actually remember much about it. That’s always the best indication that it was a powerful experience.
It was incredibly relaxing. Small movements in strange positions using gentle touch sent energy surging through my body in waves of relief. I experienced an unfamiliar sense of freedom both physically and emotionally. I stood taller and felt stronger. My visual acuity was improved, as was my focus.
Mind/body work generally requires processing time to fully integrate itself. During this time it’s not uncommon to need more sleep and drinking a lot of water is important to support the body. The brain can’t function properly if its environment doesn’t have enough water.
In the few days since my initial treatment I’ve noticed changes – most of which I can’t yet put into words. But I feel better in a big way and I’m sleeping better.
And so, I’m going back for more. There are lots of options for people wanting to try Feldenkrais. Private sessions, group classes, YouTube videos and even home DVDs. My personal opinion is that the best path when trying a new healing practice is to have private or groups sessions with a professional for best results. Your experience can be enhanced by YouTube and home DVDs, but working with a professional, at least initially, will promise best results.
The Feldenkrais Method® – another transformational tool for your transformational journey!