A gentle, respectful approach to improving performance and well-being in people and animals, using the Feldenkrais Method and natural horsemanship techniques
What is the Feldenkrais Method and what can it do?
It can help both people and animals change habitual patterns that may be impacting body function, movement and balance. These patterns can effect even the simplest actions such as sitting, standing or walking. Just watch how often you see someone fall into his or her chair and then need the armrests to struggle to their feet again. Notice the amount of effort it seems to take them to move and how restricted their movement appears. Often these habitual patterns are accompanied by pain and stiffness, but once the patterns start to change that can change too.
Is it really possible to move more freely with little or no pain?
The central nervous system is brilliant in the way it works to protect us from harm. Unfortunately that protective mode can leave the body guarded and create defensive patterns. Once the central nervous system feels safe again, the patterns can change.
There are two ways the Feldenkrais Method helps bring about this change:
1. Private, hands-on Functional Integration (FI) sessions. These sessions employ gentle, non-invasive, touch and movement techniques to help reorganize the central nervous system, allowing both people and animals to overcome pain and mobility issues.
2. Verbally guided Awareness Through Movement (ATM) sessions in a group setting. These gentle, relaxing exercises allow participants to discover the most natural way to accomplish a particular movement. This awareness brings about changes in how participants move, think and feel. Balance and mobility improve and pain diminishes.
Regardless of which learning style you choose, the Feldenkrais Method can help you overcome limitations brought on by stress, misuse, accident, or illness. This work is potent and something you need to experience to fully recognize where it can take you.
“Make the impossible possible,
the possible easy and the easy elegant.”
- Moshe Feldenkrias