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Reaching

Did you know that a movement like reaching – when integrated – involves your feet, both legs, your pelvis, spine, ribcage, shoulders blades, arm, wrist, neck and head? It is one of the most widely used functions; on average a person will reach for their phone 85 times a day. This does not include the more important functions like feeding ourselves, dressing ourselves and using the restroom. We have helped many people as they age, and have found through those experiences that reaching is the most important function we need to sustain. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, a genius in his own right, realized that if an intended movement is sensed within our natural abilities, we can potentially avoid pain and stiffness, as well as reestablish movements via the body to brain connections. These connections are strengthened through true integration at its simplest form. Moving without effort gives the brain time to catch up so to speak, thus restoring movement in our arms as well as the rest of our body.

Our breathing reflects every emotional or physical effort and every disturbance.
— Moshe Feldenkrais
Feldenkrais Reaching - Wise Move