The Feldenkrais Method
Feldenkrais instructors teach people how to move their bodies more efficiently and comfortably by “re-educating” the nervous system and improving motor ability. Often the system relieves pressure on joints and weak points, thus allowing healing of repetitive strain injuries. Success may relieve pain and result in greater achievement in sports, martial arts, dancing, and other physical activities.
The method was devised by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), a Ukrainian-born Israeli physicist, engineer, soccer player, and judo athlete. He designed his system after a recurring knee injury had restricted his movement and caused pain over a long period. Drawing on his knowledge of mechanics, engineering, and martial arts, he retrained his neuromuscular system and movement.
The method today
During a training session, a practitioner helps a student be aware of his or her movement and how habitual movements my cause pain, and, conversely, how re-educating the neuromuscular system may relieve stress and pain. It may also help athletes to perform to the best of their ability and result in a heightened sense of well-being.
The code of the method's Guild of North America states that practitioners of the method do not undertake to diagnose or treat illness of any kind. Most proponents of the method consider it to be a form of self-education and mind-body development, rather than a manipulative therapy.
As with any therapy, always chose a qualified practitioner.
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