FeldenkraisThe Feldenkrais Method is a somatic educational system designed by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984). It aims to reduce pain or limitations in movement, to improve physical function, and to promote general wellbeing by increasing students’ awareness of themselves and by expanding students’ movement repertoire.

The Feldenkrais Method is a movement pedagogy as opposed to a manipulative therapy. The Method is experiential, providing tools for self-discovery through movement enquiry.

Feldenkrais taught that changes in our ability to move are inseparable from changes in our conscious perception of ourselves as embodied. He said that changes in the physical experience could be described as changes in our internal self image, which can be conceived as the mapping of the motor cortex to the body. Feldenkrais suggested that activity in the motor cortex played a key role in proprioception (the sense of body position). He aimed to clarify and work therapeutically with this relationship, with a combination of specific movement instructions and invitations to introspection.

Feldenkrais is used to improve habitual and repetitive movement patterns rather than to treat specific injuries or illnesses. However, because habitual and repetitive movement patterns can contribute towards and in some cases cause injury, pain, and physical dysfunction, the method is often regarded as falling within the field of integrative or complementary medicine. Moshé Feldenkrais asserted that his method improved functioning (health) by making individuals more aware: “What I am after is more flexible minds, not just more flexible bodies”.

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