Feldenkrais

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abc ? ? Therapists:Caroline Braham 

Feldenkrais improves body movement and functioning simply by paying attention, in each moment, to how we move.?All of our everyday actions, such as walking or reaching for something, are made up of many smaller actions such as a bending knee or a sliding shoulder blade. So too are more complex movements such as ballet or playing a musical instrument.?Somewhat like a moving Zen meditation, by having moment-to-moment mindfulness of every movement our internal self-image expands and our range improves. Through learning how the body organises in movement, physical performance is enhanced. As somatic conscious perception increases, so does movement ability.

Feldenkrais involves following and paying attention to both verbal and physical movement instructions with a practitioner. The movement can be active (you move yourself), or passive (the practitioner moves your body), or a combination of both.

For example:

The Feldenkrais practitioner may gently roll your head to the right, or verbally suggest you roll your head. You will be asked, in both cases, to notice how it feels: the ease of the movement, the range, what else moves with it, and so on. You may then compare the experience of rolling your head to the left. A sequence of mindful movements will then follow building towards a more involved action.

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The benefits of doing Feldenkrais include?relief from tension, stiffness and?muscular pain, rediscovery of youthful moving, easier and fuller breathing, enhanced skeletal and postural?alignment, help with chronic neuro-muscular?conditions, greater relaxation and well-being, improved performance in sport,?dance, music and drama, greater ease in everyday?activities, increased vitality.

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