As you’re reading this, pay attention to your posture. How closely are you leaning toward the screen? How tightly are you clutching your computer mouse or your mobile device? Most of the time we don’t pay attention to our body movements, but habitual inefficiencies in body mechanics can lead to pain, discomfort, and even disability. That’s where the Feldenkrais Method® can help.
What is the Feldenkrais Method?
The Feldenkrais Method is a unique approach to improve and enhance movements. Named after its Russian-born originator Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904–1984), the Feldenkrais Method educates people how to function in their everyday lives with a greater sense of ease. This in turn can reduce pain and increase flexibility, coordination, and range of motion. By connecting awareness with gentle easy movements, people learn to move more efficiently, leading to relaxation and increased vitality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_i5QuIqcQo
A trained Feldenkrais practitioner notices how efficient movements are stunted from habitual patterns of daily life, such as: walking, sitting at a desk, standing, and even moving from sitting to standing, to name a few. By training our minds to be more aware, we can learn how to move in ways that contribute to better health and functionality. We can re-educate our neuromuscular system to establish new habits of efficient movement.
Heather’s Integrated Approach: Feldenkrais + Physical Therapy
Heather K. Kastanaras brings 17 years of experience, including her four years of Feldenkrais training, to the Shulman & Associates team. Heather believes the Feldenkrais Method is so effective that she includes it in all her patients’ treatment plans, as part of her integrated physical therapy approach. The Feldrenkrais Method is general enough for any healthy individual to benefit from and also specific enough to help people with any condition.
Is Feldenkrais For Me?
Because humans are designed to move and use muscles, the Feldenkrais Method can help anybody who wants to feel better. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, inflexibility, or posture issues, the best way to learn proper use of your body is to work with a physical therapist who is also a trained Feldenkrais practitioner. Heather acknowledges that traditional physical therapy methods may not be for everyone. So what do you do if you’ve already invested time and money in physical therapy treatments but still haven’t gotten the results you were hoping for? Call us and learn more about how the Feldenkrais Method may benefit you!