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“To make the impossible possible;
the possible, easy;
and the easy, elegant.”
Moshe Feldenkrais, D.SC.
The Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method is a practical approach to the neuromuscular re-education of posture, balance, movement, and behavior. It consists of two related techniques:
Awareness Through Movement
This method consists of verbally directed, effortless exercises that bring about dramatic change. These exercises range from subtle to expansive movements and involve attitude, imagination, attention, perception, cognition, and visualization.
Functional Integration is a one-on-one method of teaching. Sensory-motor learning is accomplished through the practitioner using sophisticated techniques of gentle touch and passive movement.
Both are designed to reorganize neuromuscular pathways and break up old habits. In combination, these techniques are especially helpful in alleviating the aberrant compensatory movement patterns seen with chronic pain patients.
Students are given homework movement sequences to enable them to become self-sufficient and independent.
Learning how to move properly in this method is derived from the same sequence the nervous system learned initially as an infant. Students feel more coordinated, connected, alive and human.
Some of the types of disorders which are most improved by the Feldenkrais Method:
“Debbie’s class is one of the only exercise programs I can do with fibromyalgia and muscle weakness. The method has taught me how to function in my everyday activities by instinctively engaging my bigger central muscles first and doing less with the extremities. This efficient use of myself has made me more productive and content with life.” JANET
“Feldenkrais is like having a transmission overhaul. You go into drive smoothly again and your gears don’t grind. After each session, I feel like a nice straight chimney rather than one that has been through a small earthquake.” MELORA DOAN (Para-spinal cord injury)
“I had shoulder pain from a bicycle wreck for 20 years. It kept me awake at night and limited the use of my arm. After just one Feldenkrais class with Debbie which was focused on the neck and shoulders, the pain completely disappeared and has not returned in 6 months. Now I can ride long distance without any trouble.” JIM
“I have stenosis and arthritis in my neck and the doctor wants to do steroids shots and then surgery. If I do Feldenkrais on a two times per week basis, the class movements keep my neck moving and out of pain. Debbie’s expert teaching has been a lifesaver.” DANA DOBSON
“Debbie’s knowledge and presentation skills are surpassed only by her enthusiasm for improving the wellness of others.”
IRETA CHRISTENSEN Director – Center for Aquatic Rehabilitation and Exercise
“I have degenerative disc disease and stenosis in my neck and spine from old injuries. After one class I feel better and have a greater range of motion than after going to physical therapy for 3 weeks. Debbie always adapts the lessons to our needs that day.” DAVE MAYS