The Feldenkrais Method

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Life moves when we do.

The Feldenkrais Method develops consciousness through movement. When we experience pain, discomfort, effort, limitation and lack of pleasure we are using an approach to movement that has passed its use-by date, although we fail to recognise this. The root cause of the difficulty is our habitual way of doing things. 
      The Feldenkrais Method is an approach to movement that reduces pain and discomfort, returns movements to us that we might think are only memories and opens up possibilities for significant change. 
      When we try to change using effort we set ourselves up for failure. As we learn to move sensitively, with awareness we find that movement becomes more comfortable and more pleasant. We develop a biological optimism.
      This approach is not exercise though it complements exercise very well. If exercise is repeating movements many times in the same way the Feldenkrais Method is exploring different ways of moving.
      Movement is not treated in isloation from the rest of our life decisions. Using a movment-based approach is very useful though. When our body is in pain it gets our attention and our habits are easily spotted in movement difficulties. So much of the brain is connected to movement that the neuroplasticity we often seek, the expanded operation of the brain, which underpins new ways of living, is accessible though aware movement.
      As we focus on the process of movement and not the goal of achieving particular movements easier ways open up. and we move into miproved ways of living.  
      There are two forms of the Feldenkrais Method, a verbally guided form called Awareness Through Movement, and a form called Functional Integration, using informative touch. We offer both approaches at the Awareness in Action Academy.