Why the Feldenkrais Method works?

Why the Feldenkrais Method works?

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.

Life is a dynamic process.

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.

The person changes while learning!

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.

Our behavior, the way we move, is only partly determined by our genetic heritage.

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.

The Feldenkrais Method produces permanent changes in the brain

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.

Why the Feldenkrais Method works?

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.

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Does your baby like tummy time? Feldenkrais Method’s point of view!

Does your baby like tummy time? Most don’t, for good reason. Until infants are able to roll into the tummy position on their own, most of them find it uncomfortable, immobilizing, and no doubt highly discouraging.

But rather than listen to our babies, we are asked to put our faith in recent studies about plagiocephaly (flat-headedness), studies that don’t take into account the fact that infants are now spending more time than ever in restrictive devices (like car seats, bouncy seats and carriers) that inhibit babies from doing what they are naturally inclined to do: round out the back of their heads by turning them from side to side.

Instead, the back position and rousingly successful “Back to Sleep” campaign (which has cut the SIDS rate in the US in half since it began in 1992) have been named as the culprits. So, rather than understand these studies as a reflection of the need for more free movement and floor time during the baby’s waking hours, many experts have concluded that imposing tummy time is the answer.

In this insightful guest post, Irene Lyon, a Feldenkrais and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (and producer/director of the world renowned “Baby Liv” video), sheds light on the valuable developmental processes hindered when tummy time is imposed early, and helps us see tummy time from our baby’s point of view.

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High level Functional Integration in the Feldenkrais Method

Feldenkrais Method Athens with Massimo Galli

High level Functional Integration emerges through the joining of two nervous systems and is an essential requirement of our work.

We often refer to this joining as a “dance” in which two systems interact and are linked as one.

But the word “dance” fails to acknowledge the complexity that is involved.

Joining in Functional Integration depends upon sophisticated self-observation, precise self-organization while moving, profound appreciation of the other, and the utilization of numerous physical principles, in addition to patience, persistence, and practice.

David Zemach-Bersin & Olena Nitefor

Excerpts from the works of Moshe Feldenkrais

Excerpts from the works of Moshe Feldenkrais

There is little doubt in my mind that the motor function, and perhaps the muscles themselves, are part and parcel of our higher functions. This is not true only of those higher functions like singing, painting and loving, which are impossible without muscular activity, but also of thinking, recalling, remembering and feeling.

The advantage of approaching the unity of mental and muscular life through the body lies in the fact that the muscle expression is simpler because it is concrete and easier to locate. It is also incomparably easier to make a person aware of what is happening in the body, therefore the body approach yields faster and more direct results. On acting on the significant parts of the body, such as the eyes, the neck, the breath, or the pelvis, it is easy to effect striking changes of mood on the spot (…)

Moshe Feldenkrais

Russell Delman Explains The Feldenkrais Method®

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.

Quote by Moshe Feldenkrais

“Nothing is permanent about our behaviour patterns except our belief that they are so.” Moshe Feldenkrais

Moshe Feldenkrais Quote-2

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroplasticity

Why should I try the Feldenkrais Method®?

Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity

Scientists have proved that the brain changes while learning.

This process is called Neuroplasticity (from neural – pertaining to the nerves and/or brain and plastic – moldable or changeable in structure), also known as brain plasticity, and it refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury.

Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.

The Feldenkrais Method® is based on this idea, the idea of being able to change the way of thinking, of moving and of behaving by introducing in your neuro-system new efficient ways to use your body in a more functional way.

The Feldenkrais Method® is easy: the lessons use basic everyday words, the touch is gentle and communicative, you are encouraged to cherish comfort and to reduce effort. The old idea of «No pain no gain» makes chaos in the nervous system and effort in the body. It should be thrown out from the daily vocabular, and we can show you how.

The Feldenkrais Method® is efficient: it has a reputation for helping people when everyone else failed. But you don’t have to be injured or helpless to have benefit from the method. We work with musicians, dancers and athletes which just want to perform better. Feldenkrais method is efficient because it uses the principles from physics, physiology, learning theory, psychology and brain science.

The Feldenkrais Method® is safe: movements are done slowly with lot of rests and you’re encouraged to avoid mechanical, unaware repetitions which are often cause of injuries, discomfort and pain. The basic skill of the method is learning to keep the movement in range of safety and ease, limits where curiosity and learning process can be activated.

The Feldenkrais Method® is evident: everyone learns in his own time but you can notice and appreciate changes already after your first group or individual lesson.

The Feldenkrais Method® is flexible: There are hundreds of lessons and strategies and everyone of them can be adapted to fit for every individual’s requests and abilities.

The Feldenkrais Method® is interesting: People often complain about boring excercises. It uses the fact that the nervous system is attracted by new sensations. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais created Awareness through movement® (ATM) and Functional integration® (FI) by using non habitual movement patterns made from different variations to regain function and vitality.

By Massimo Galli