Joyce Ann OTR/L, GCFP  
Feldenkrais Method®
Masgutova MNRI® Method
   Occupational Therapist    
Building Better Balance

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What is the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education®?

Our habits, which are formed through life experiences, can either help us or hinder us. Unless we understand what our habits are, we are unable to change them.  The Feldenkrais Method® teaches individuals to become more self-aware, notice unhealthy and unnecessary movement patterns (habits)  and learn more comfortable and efficient ways to move.

Skeletal dialogue and the Feldenkrais Method®

Through guided awareness and gentle skeletal movements, the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education creates unity in the body by creating new neural pathways.  With more evenly distributed movements of the skeleton, the individual learns to transmit force and generate powerful movements with less muscular effort and less wear and tear on all connective tissues. Awareness of existing movement habits, coupled with new kinesthetic experiences, generate new possibilities for feeling, thought and action.

Who was Moshe Feldenkrais?

Israeli scientist 
Moshe Feldenkrais DSc  (1904-1984) was a nuclear physicist and engineer, and the first European to earn a black belt in judo. He received his doctorate in physics at the Sorbonne in Paris, and worked closely with Nobel Chemistry Laureate Joliot-Curie. During the 1940s, Dr. Feldenkrais was barely able to walk due to a serious knee injury and was given only a 50% chance of improving his condition with surgery, which he could not accept. He began exploring movement patterns, and observed how people form movement habits. He mastered the sciences of anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology, and combined these with his knowledge of physics, engineering, and judo. Eventually, he restored his ability to walk and began his life’s work of helping others improve their functional abilities and to move through life with grace and dignity.

The Feldenkrais Method can be learned in two modes. Awareness Through Movement® classes are taught to more than one individual at a time and the  Functional Integration® (FI) lessons involve individual hands on interventions. The Feldenkrais Practitioner® or teacher helps the individuals learn. Therefore they are my "students" and the sessions are referred to as "lessons".

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