It's A Matter Of Awareness

It's A Matter Of Awareness

IT’S A MATTER OF AWARENESS

If you’ve attended any of our classes or even spoken briefly with our practitioners you’ve probably heard us use the word “awareness.”  Do you know what we mean by awareness, and why we don’t use the term consciousness? For many the terms conscious and aware are used interchangeably but, in Feldenkrais, we see them as very different.  You’ll find many people are conscious of their movements, but very few people are aware of their movements; let me explain.

Protecting Your Energy

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Protecting Your Energy

How to protect your Energy Level. Far too often we experience a person talking to us about something negative in their life. When a person does that they take your positive energy and leave you feeling worse than before they came. All of us have a lot to deal with throughout our lives so don't let people take your positive energy. If you've done something wrong to receive this negative energy then apologize always, live in your truth, but if you did nothing wrong imagine a 2-foot thick wall around you not allowing this person to take your positive energy. Stay relaxed think of something positive. No matter what they say you're not going to let it affect you and you're not going to feel sorry for them or reinstate their negative energy, because that's not good for them either. It's not about being stern with them or negative to them at all it's just about understanding yourself and how you feel. If you are physically not feeling well or emotionally sad then your energy level is low already so it's hard to take on somebody that's negative. If your energy level is high and you want to keep it there then make sure that you don't allow this person to affect you, even if you have to say "can you wait a minute I have to go to the restroom" or 'I need to take a shower", be creative start cleaning, do anything to break the cycle.. Protect your positive energy, it helps every person in your life; know when your energy level is low and take care of yourself. Be mindful not to take positive energy from other people. Take a shower, a walk in the woods, be near water or fire - it will always help to increase positive energy.  Live Your Truth and understand yourself.  Try going one day without one negative word coming out of your mouth and then try it for another day and another day and see how it makes you feel. You will feel such a relief to stop negative dialogue in your head. There will always be times in our lives when we need to talk to somebody about something negative but just make sure that you're being mindful of the other person’s energy level. Take a breath, relax, and stay positive.

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Art of Aging - ABC6

Art of Aging - ABC6

In November of 2017 ABC6, a news station licensed to New Bedford, MA provided a segment on how Feldenkrais helps us stay moving as we age.  No he doesn't pronounce the name correctly but the benefits remain!

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Art of Aging - ABC6 - Feldenkrais

See What Happens #1

Press on your stomach with a flat hand, find your heartbeat, stay there until the area softens. 
See what happens.

Avoiding Surgeries, Getting Off Meds

Be wise!! Do you want to avoid surgeries and get off pain meds? Do you want to dress and feed yourself as you age? "Movement is life, Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve life itself." ~Moshe Feldenkrais

There was a point in my training when I dropped my jaw and said to myself no one is going to believe the capability of this method. People we worked with got rid of severe pain in one session. This cerebral palsy women walked in with poles in her hands to catch her balance and after four sessions walked out without poles. MS people could navigate their surrounding with little effort. Severe depressed people could change their self image creating powerful change in their lives quickly. An older women after one session could feel movement in her body she had never felt before.

Trust me when I say this method reaches people deeper then ever thought possible. Jaw dropping. Please don't cut nerves in half through a surgery because of pain or stiffness within your body. Come see me first, it is extremely important for long term movement options and living without pain. ok.

*** Best of all we teach you how to increase movement and relieve pain so you can sustain it yourself. Turning your system into a learning system that will continue to make you feel younger and younger. *******

Any pain, stiffness, emotional or neurological disorders can have huge improvements in a simple yet powerful way. This method is life changing

Be Wise start now, don't wait another day.

Finding Comfort in All We Do

Happy Monday Everyone,

In order to turn your nervous system into a learning system you need to pay attention to comfort in everything you do. When walking, standing, sitting, laying down, make sure you're comfortable. The nervous system will always tell you what you need, when your system isn't feeling right it will make you shift until it can learn.. Your shoes need to be laced evenly so the arch of your shoes stays on the arch of your foot without shifting. If your not sleeping good your bed is to soft or to hard. Try different places in the house to sleep: the couch, another bed in your house or someone else's house. Find the right density and then change your own bed. Memory foam beds will give you more and more pain, please don't buy those beds. When walking, if you're in pain walk in the woods on a softer ground. Pay attention when you are shifting around or you have pain signals, make yourself comfortable no matter where you are so your body will start to strengthen the signals to the nervous system giving you more movement and less pain. Very, very important as we age.

Be Comfortable

Lay on your side on the floor. A blanket on a hard floor works best if you're not in pain. Sense your ribs touching the floor. Did your breathing change? Did you take a large breath? If so continue to lay there for a few minutes. Your nervous system is learning about your ribcage. After a few minutes come to sitting, wait to stand until you feel grounded to the floor. The blood levels out you don't feel light headed at all. Do the same thing when you stand. Wait a few minutes before walking. Walk on a smooth hard floor not tiled with grout. See how you move and feel. Can you breath better? Do you feel any difference? Take note what side you laid on. This can change from day to day but for now the side you laid is what your nervous system prefers. Keep feeling the weight of your body in your feet throughout your day. This will help the nervous system to continue learning. By doing this daily you will continue to feel better. Have a great day k!!

David Zemach-Bersin Embodied Wisdom Articles

David Zemach-Bersin Embodied Wisdom Articles

Moshe Feldenkrais was one of the twentieth century’s most original and integrative thinkers. Along with such seminal figures as Ida Rolf, Heinrich Jacoby, F. M. Alexander, and Elsa Gindler, Feldenkrais is considered one of the founders of the field that is today called somatics. The pieces included in Embodied Wisdom: The Collected Papers of Moshe Feldenkrais were originally published in independent journals between 1964 and 1998. A testament to the prescience of Feldenkrais’s ideas is the fact that many of the concepts presented in this volume are as important, generative, and radical today as they were when they were first articulated. In these remarkable articles and interviews, Feldenkrais provides us with some of the most cogent and sophisticated arguments ever made for the biological and functional unity of the mind and body.

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The Effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

Susan Hillier1 and Anthea Worley2

1 International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, Sansom Institute of Health Research, School of Health Science, University of South Australia, P.O. Box 2471, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia

2School of Health Science, University of South Australia, P.O. Box 2471, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to Susan Hillier; susan.hillier@unisa.edu.au Received 16 December 2014; Revised 4 March 2015; Accepted 9 March 2015 Academic Editor: Cun-Zhi Liu

Copyright © 2015 S. Hillier and A. Worley. is is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

 

The Feldenkrais Method (FM) has broad application in populations interested in improving awareness, health, and ease of function.  This review aimed to update the evidence for the benefits of FM, and for which populations. A best practice systematic review protocol was devised. Included studies were appraised using the Cochrane risk of bias approach and trial findings analysed individually and collectively where possible. Twenty RCTs were included (an additional 14 to an earlier systematic review).  The population, outcome, and endings were highly heterogeneous. However, meta-analyses were able to be performed with 7 studies, finding in favor of the FM for improving balance in aging populations (e.g., timed up and go test MD −1.14 sec, 95% CI −1.78, −0.49; and functional reach test MD 6.08 cm, 95% CI 3.41, 8.74). Single studies reported significant positive effects for reduced perceived effort and increased comfort, body image perception, and dexterity. Risk of bias was high, thus tempering some results. Considered as a body of evidence, effects seem to be generic, supporting the proposal that FM works on a learning paradigm rather than disease-based mechanisms. Further research is required; however, in the meantime, clinicians and professionals may promote the use of FM in populations interested in efficient physical performance and self-efficacy.

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20min A Day

Did you know that if you lay on your back on the floor for twenty minutes your whole nervous system stabilizes.  Lay blankets or some kind of cushion first if you have pain in your body, also bend your knees and stand your feet if you have back pain it will provide slack in your spine.  Sense where the floor touches your body.  Start with your heels touching and work your way up your body until you reach your head touching.  Do this again when the twenty minutes has passed.

When the body is having trouble moving or is in pain its like a weak signal on a television, very fuzzy.  the nervous system becomes weak in its ability to find areas in the body, heal them, and bring back movement properly.  When you lay on the floor the nervous system receives feedback from the floor and starts to recover a stronger signal; on a t.v imagine the picture becoming clearer and clearer.  Do this every day for twenty minutes and see how much better you feel.  Use the necessary cushion on the floor to be comfortable.  Comfort is key, it will allow your breathing to relax and flow.  When you get up from the floor move slowly, stand for a few minutes on a hard floor, not carpet, until you feel grounded in your feet, then walk around slowly and see how you feel.  Do you feel a difference?  Try this daily and see if you can feel a difference when you get up and walk around.  In this fast paced life it is very important to sustain stability within the nervous system.  Some movements can start to recover and pain can fade.  Enjoy!!!

Feldenkrais Moments

Published on May 29, 2015

International Feldenkrais Federation, Contemporary Images project... Open the door and have a first impression of Feldenkrais.
A film by Mariano Nante and María Zinn