As Mr. Wyszynski explained, “Good posture allows the skeleton to hold up and support the body without expending unnecessary energy despite the pull of gravity. However, with poor posture, the muscles are doing part of the job of the bones, and with poor skeletal support, the muscles have to remain contracted to prevent the body from falling.”
When the going gets tough, the tough lie down.
by Ilona Fried, Writer, blogger and champion of the Feldenkrais Method
Many of us are conditioned to respond to stress or overwhelm by fighting, fleeing, or freezing, or some sequence or combination thereof. These unconscious choices might offer a reprieve or a sense of accomplishment, but they are not empowering over the long term. The Feldenkrais Method helps us develop the capacity to respond with greater skill to changes in our circumstances or surroundings by first quieting the nervous system to an unfamiliar degree. That allows us to notice subtle differences in how we move, feel, think and, therefore, how we go about our lives. While many people, myself included, only stumble across Feldenkrais when an injury, chronic pain or another treatment-defying condition leads us to it, this modality will help anyone discover how much they can trust their bones and themselves. Learning to rely more on the skeleton for movement, even the prosaic act of getting out of bed, frees up vitality siphoned by muscling through life or bracing oneself against actual or perceived difficulty. In a culture whose mantras include “no pain, no gain” and “work hard, play hard”, it can be surprising to learn that radically less effort can lead to dramatically better results. One can move quickly without rushing or adding tension, leaving more energy to pursue what matters.
In a culture whose mantras include “no pain, no gain” and “work hard, play hard”, it can be surprising to learn that radically less effort can lead to dramatically better results. (…)
The Feldenkrais Method can best be described as an intelligently structured “learning-to-learn” approach. Its characteristic playfulness is modelled on natural learning-processes as found in childhood. ‘Making mistakes’ is encouraged since they may lead to unexpected discoveries and surprising results. Predetermined goals are avoided because they tend to inhibit real learning. Feldenkrais used to say:
“In knowing what to achieve before we have learned how to learn, we can reach only the limit of our ignorance”.
Dr. Weil often recommends trying the Feldenkrais Method for the treatment of any kind of neurological injury or insult, especially since it claims success in training the nervous system in developing and utilizing new pathways around areas of damage. Feldenkrais has specifically demonstrated success in helping to rehabilitate stroke victims. It is also effective with head injuries and other neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Feldenkrais can be an effective part of an integrative-medicine approach to any painful condition from degenerative arthritis to fibromyalgia. Because it can help a person feel more comfortable within his or her body, Dr. Weil also feels that Feldenkrais can be an effective adjunct to psychotherapy and the treatment of mood disorders.
Find your true weakness and surrender to it. Therein lies the path to genius. Most people spend their lives using their strengths to overcome or cover up their weaknesses. Those few who use their strengths to incorporate their weaknesses, who don’t divide themselves, those people are very rare. In any generation there are a few and they lead their generation.
Functional Integration is a sophisticated art form requiring a high degree of sensory acuity and the unusual ability to join ourselves with another. During Dr. Feldenkrais’ first training program in Tel-Aviv, he focused exclusively on developing his student’s Functional Integration skills.
Dr. Feldenkrais demonstrated manual techniques, worked with each student individually, and provided detailed in-the-moment feedback while they practiced on him and with each other.
The students who graduated from this training became outstanding Practitioners.
To my mind, Functional Integration has an ‘outside’ aspect and an ‘inside’ aspect.
The outside is concerned with the way a lesson is composed, the way it is adapted, which functions are embedded in it, what developmental and neurological dynamics are involved, etc.
The inner aspect of Functional Integration is concerned with the ways we use our own thoughts, images, intentions, organization, dialogical understanding and actions to communicate biologically important information to another person’s nervous system.
I believe that in order to achieve the “magic” of Functional Integration, we must fully understand and engage with this inner aspect.
The Feldenkrais Method offers lessons where the movement is considered as a process of knowledge of ourselves that through the awareness of our motor habits – the listening, the feeling, the thinking, the moving – leads to a physical and mental wellness.
The maps of the brain are dynamic. We can create and stabilize new motor functions or improve existing functions researching different sensory-motor experiences. The Feldenkrais Method tries to bring the movement in those parts that are “forgotten” or not used in an efficient way: the new stimulation allows the growing of new nervous connections and the expansion of the areas associated with such movements making them functional.
Each individual lesson of Functional Integration or Awareness Through Movement® causes functional changes in the strength of the synaptic connections, increasing the abilities of working functionally but the information received remain in the short-term memory of minutes or hours. These new information can be stabilized through more lessons and may become part of the long-term memory stabilizing the new synaptic connections.
It is our experiences and personal interactions that allow us to develop an individual brain structure. The Feldenkrais Method puts the us in a condition of having new information from our feelings, our thoughts, our emotions and our movements.
It is possible to demonstrate that the Feldenkrais Method produces permanent changes in the brain, and that this is because it causes anatomical changes. The Feldenkrais Method acts on brain structure causing changes in the brain and nerve connections maps.
Because it creates a condition for the brain to learn, to learn again and then to change. All the pathologies related with an inefficient use of the body are reversible: they are the result of our bad habits and for the same reason they can be cured by changing the inefficient habits with new efficient and function ones.
partially from primomovimento