Most people come to Feldenkrais because they want to be pain-free. The Method is remarkably effective in helping them do so. People who have unsuccessfully tried other ways to relieve their pain frequently find their solution with Feldenkrais.
People also come to Feldenkrais to a take their skill to a new level. Many high level musicians, athletes, dancers and actors attribute The Feldenkrais Method as the means by which they achieved greater mastery.
The Feldenkrais Method can help anyone who wants more ease, comfort and/or confidence in their body. Moshe Feldenkrais describes his Method on three levels:
making possible those things that seem impossible,
making easy those things which are possible,
making elegant those things which are easy.
Among the many things for which Feldenkrais is helpful are:
What are described as the inevitable pain and problems of aging, Dr. Feldenkrais says are predictable results of years of habit. The good thing is that our habits can be changed significantly at any age.
Chronic pain diminishes our capacity to enjoy life and, over time, erodes our self-confidence. Body habits are always involved with pain, and are frequently the primary cause. Identifying pain-producing habits and replacing them with comfort-producing habits reduces chronic pain and in many cases eliminates it completely.
Neurological disorders create scrambled, weak and/or ineffective neural messages which result in physical challenges. Feldenkrais cannot cure neurological disorders. It can, however, help people with neurological disorders to significantly increase their capacity to do things that are important for them, and to gain more confidence and ease in moving through their day.
Posture, Balance, Coordination and Flexibility
Life is easier, safer and more enjoyable when we have improved posture, balance, coordination and sufficient amount of flexibility. Feldenkrais offers pleasurable and interesting ways for people of any age or level of ability to achieve these goals.
Reducing the effort with which we perform daily activities conserves our energy. All of us have body habits that are less efficient than they could be. These habits contribute significantly to fatigue. While Feldenkrais may or may not be able to get at the root of chronic fatigue, it can help people to get more mileage out of the energy that they do have by learning how to use it more efficiently.
Illness, Injuries or Joint Replacements
There is a natural guarding and break in systemic integrity that happens with illness, injuries and joint replacements. This guarding often slows down recovery and/or prevents less than optimal healing. In the case of joint replacements, integrating the new joint with the rest of the body and the self-image is particularly beneficial.
Athletes, Musicians, Dancers and Artists
All performers are limited by unconscious patterns. The more skilled is a performer, the more subtle are these patterns. Enhancing sensory and kinesthetic acuity by even a tiny degree can be what moves performers to their next level of skill. It can also make the difference between a good performance and great one.
Body-Use for Bodyworkers
Body workers frequently help other people at the price of repetitive stress pain in their own bodies. In addition to learning how to use the body more effectively to prevent or resolve repetitive stress problems, Feldenkrais can help bodyworkers actually develop another level of sensitivity in their modality.
“I have been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy.” Andrew Weil, M.D.