What is the Feldenkrais method?
The Feldenkrais Method is named after the distinguished scientist and educator Moshe Feldenkrais, 1904-1984. Feldenkrais is a method of movement that integrates body and mind in an effort to improve coordination, agility, balance and performance through movement. This integration of mind with body enhances a re-education or relearning of movement patterns and ease. Many of our movements are learned habits and these habits can be changed to include movement patterns with improved efficiency, flow and ease of movement.
According to the Feldenkrais Institute website, “On its basic level, the Feldenkrais Method improves posture, coordination, flexibility and suppleness. Moreover, Feldenkrais alleviates pain by minimizing physiological and psychological stress associated with restricted functions. Patterns of inefficiency, compromised self-expression, and forgotten ways of feeling can all be improved”.
How can the Feldenkrais method help Parkinson’s?
Fedlenkrais works with balance, posture, flexibility and agility of movement. Significant claims for Feldenkrais are not yet scientifically proven. However, many do experience benefits. For many, the Feldenkrais method including integration of the mind and body, the focus of work on our movement habits to establish a more fluid and efficient pattern of movement is very effective. It is important to find an exercise program that is comfortable for you. A class can help keep you motivated and on target with your goals.
How do I find a Feldenkrais practitioner or class?
Both individual and group classes are available. Be sure that your instructor is properly trained. Talk to your instructor before class so they are aware of your Parkinson’s symptoms. Be sure to discuss problems with balance, restrictions in movement or pain if you are experiencing these problems. The Feldenkrais Institute offers 3 year training programs that must be completed to become a certified Feldenkrais trainer. Log onto www.feldenkraisinstitute.org or www.feldenkrais.com for more information on this method of movement control.
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, Volume 15, Issue 4, Pages 811-825