Feldenkrais

"Everybody moves, feels, thinks, speaks in his own way, according to the image that he has formed in his life, and to change the way he acts he has to take the picture of himself change that he carries in himself. " Moshe Feldenkrais

The physicist dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was the founder of Feldenkrais bodywork. He combined his knowledge of Far Eastern martial arts (Judo, Jiu-Jitsu) with his knowledge of physics, mechanics and electrical engineering as well as anatomy and behavioral physiology. Feldenkrais realized early on that the inner experience of a person is the measure of his actions. "We act according to the image that we make of ourselves". The concept of self-image encompasses the four dimensions of sensation, feeling, thinking and moving.

The Feldenkrais concept

The Feldenkrais concept is based on the assumption that most people unconsciously use the same movement patterns even as young adults in certain situations. For example: Do you fold your hands as if in prayer and observe which thumb is in front, which of the two little fingers is behind? Loosen your hands and fold them the other way around: If the left thumb was on the front and the right little finger on the back, it must be the other way round. Most feel irritated by this exercise, because folding their hands "wrong way around" is unfamiliar to them. Often, however, a once acquired movement makes no sense, because the same goal - such as lifting a crate - could be achieved by a different, "smarter" movement with far less effort. With his movements, according to Feldenkrais' theory, a person also expresses his mood and state of mind. Again, the cautious resolution of ingested movement patterns helps to recognize and change long-term pathogenic behaviors.

For whom are Feldenkrais courses suitable?

The Feldenkrais bodywork should help to recognize stagnant movement patterns and to gradually change them. The Feldenkrais method teaches you to become more physically, mentally and mentally mobile. It is suitable for all - regardless of age, previous knowledge or physical constitution. The exercises are particularly suitable for those who, for example, suffer from muscle tension, back and joint pain or tension-type headache and want to relax through bodywork. They improve the balance in patients with multiple sclerosis and are generally suitable for relieving stress. But even people who want to learn new movements can benefit from a Feldenkrais course. Mindfully perceived movements are learned to guide one's own learning, to refine the body feeling and thus to gain more well-being and flexibility.

The Feldenkrais exercises

Feldenkrais can be exercised in the group ("Awareness through Movement") or carried out as a single work ("Functional Integration").

  • "Functional Integration" refers to the individual work. The exercises are individually tailored to the participants. Teachers guide and provide guidance, but do not show how the exercise is done "right." The help should lead to an improvement of the movement sequences. An individual therapy is especially suitable for people with serious health problems (accident victims, pain patients, and spastic paralyzed people). Since the teacher gives the instructions without a word, the method is also very well suited for speech or hearing impaired people.
  • "Awareness through movement": In group work, verbal instructions on movement sequences are given in different positions, eg lying down, sitting, standing. Many Feldenkraisstunden are based on children's movements, eg rolling, crawling, sitting up, getting up, walking, running. So there are more than 15 positions, from lying to standing, even headstand, and include all conceivable movement patterns.

What does the Feldenkrais work do?

  • Reduction of tension and pain
  • Improvement of self-confidence and self-acceptance
  • Increase of autonomy and sense of responsibility
  • Better learning in all areas (learning to learn)
  • Learning from hitherto inaccessible patterns of perception and action
  • Recognizing and establishing relationships
  • Increase in performance, stamina, well-being and vitality
  • Increased flexibility in physical, mental and emotional terms
  • Better motor economy and movement quality

Which diseases can she specifically help with?

  • in all stress disorders
  • in tension of the neck and back muscles
  • in multiple sclerosis
  • in back pain
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