“Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, the easy elegant.”
Dr Moshe Feldenkrais
Our culture dictates our movement allowance.
We are expected to walk in straight lines and make the least possible movement in the pelvis area – don’t you dare move those hips, particularly if you are a man! Oh, no, no, no!
We are inhibited from the most important, innate necessity of the human body: movement. However, we are physiologically designed to move and there isn’t another way around it.
If you don’t move it, you lose it! – so the saying goes and so it is. Maybe you can relate to that?
As we go through life we lose most of the essential and natural movements that will forever stop us from moving with ease. We go about our day with movement restrictions and live with aches and pains.
In fact, there is no need to move very much. Lifts and escalators are everywhere and we make good use of them and computers and telephones keep us glued to our desks.
But what price are we paying for the lack of movement?
The reason people ache so much is because they stop daring.
We stopped rolling on the floor, crawling, climbing, balancing on stones and many other forms of natural movement that aren’t accepted as adult behaviour.
Then pain sets in and although we might know that movement is the answer, you still hesitate. Maybe because we think it’s too late or that the class (yoga, pilates, etc) might be too hard core and we will be embarrassed or even injure ourselves.
Gym work is all about muscle strengthening and hard core exercise. Don’t get me wrong, these have their advantages if what you want is e.g. a 6-pack. But these kind of exercise wont help you move well, have free hip joints, bend over to do the shoe laces, rotate and twist with ease.
Take a minute to think about this concept: you aren’t stiff because you are old, you are old because you are stiff.
Doing regular lessons in the Feldenkrais Method won’t give you great big muscles and it won’t even stretch (another illusion of the fitness world) them, but what it will give you is what really matters in life: the mobility and flexibility you have lost.
In the Feldenkrais Method the movements (or exercises, if you like) are suitable to any age and it’s all about the journey, not the destination.
Your attention is directed to sense and feel to get to know yourself and they way you do things.
Here are a few examples of the common comments I hear after lessons:
My back feels like jelly.
Haven’t felt this way for decades.
Felt muscles I never thought I had.
I can now rotate/twist like I never did.
It’s easier to do my shoe laces/put my socks on.
You put my feet on the ground.
I feel peace of mind.
Who’s the Feldenkrais Method for?
Whether you are a sports person or not so keen on sport, 20 or 60 years of age, an office worker or an artist, if you want to improve movement, mobility and flexibility so that you can do what you do better and without aches & pains, the Feldenkrais Method is for you.
But of course, you will only know for sure when you try it yourself.
“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.”
Dr Moshe Feldenkrais
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