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”.
If I hold a twenty pound weight, I cannot detect a fly landing on it because the least detectable difference in the stimulus is half a pound.
On the other hand, if i hold a feather, a fly landing on it makes a great difference.
Obviously then, in order to be able to tell the differences in exertion one must first reduce the exertion.
Finer and finer performance is possible only if the sensitivity, that is, the ability to feel the difference is improved.
Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression. Each one of these emotions creates a different feeling within the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy and each chemical works to create a different environment within the body. For example if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. Conversely, if your body releases cortisol while you are stressed, you will have an entirely different feeling associated more with the body kicking into survival mode.
What about when we are thinking negative thoughts all the time? Or how about when we are thinking positive thoughts? What about when we are not emotionally charged to neither positive nor negative? Let’s explore how these affect our body and life.
Posted by Joe Martino | A Better Living
International Feldenkrais Trainer, Russell Delman, offers an overview of The Feldenkrais Method and a tribute to Moshe Feldenkrais. Mr. Delman explains why The Feldenkrais Method is the most effective way to break up compulsive patterns and promote the evolution of human functioning. He offers the latest in neuroscience research that supports this incredible work.
“Nothing is permanent about our behaviour patterns except our belief that they are so.” Moshe Feldenkrais
Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is an umbrella term that describes lasting change to the brain throughout an animal’s life course. The term gained prominence in the latter half of the 20th century, when new research showed many aspects of the brain remain changeable (or “plastic”) even into adulthood. This notion contrasts with the previous scientific consensus that the brain develops during a critical period in early childhood, then remains relatively unchangeable (or “static”) afterward.
Neuroplastic change can occur at small scales, such as physical changes to individual neurons, or at whole-brain scales, such as cortical remapping in response to injury; however cortical remapping only occurs during a certain time period meaning that if a child were injured and it resulted in brain damage then cortical remapping would most likely occur, however if an adult was injured and it resulted in brain damage, then cortical remapping would not occur since the brain has made the majority of its connections. Behavior, environmental stimuli, thought, and emotions may also cause neuroplastic change, which has significant implications for healthy development, learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage.
International Feldenkrais Federation, Contemporary Images project… Open the door and have a first impression of Feldenkrais.
A film by Mariano Nante and María Zinn
Andrew Gibbons demonstrates and explains more strategies to improve you posture and self-organization using the Feldenkrais Method…