Simply put, the Feldenkrais Method examines how the body organizes movement in a kinematic chain. It looks at how the forces (gravity, ground reactive force, compression, distraction etc.) pass through this chain and where and how they are impeded. It works with the relationship of what is happening at a local area (a specific joint) and how that joint relates to a more global movement pattern. In other words it integrates rather than isolates joint function.

More importantly it teaches the person how to distribute the movement along this chain so that one area (usually where the person has pain) is not overused. By learning more options and more possibilities, the person is able to increase their range of movement more efficiently and without strain or pain.

This is accomplished through a motor-sensory loop which allows the person to learn via direct experience, whether through hands-on contact or through a series of specific exercises created just for them. It is the re-learning of normal movement patterns which have become distorted because of trauma, habit, or compensations. Like our fingerprints or signatures, we each have individual movement patterns that become habitual. These are sometimes developed as a protective response to injury and can remain long after the initial trauma has healed.

All these aspects are taken into account by this method in evaluating injury and functionality and play a key role in the rehabilitative process. This is a very brief overview; if you would like to know more, please feel free to contact us with your specific inquiry.

It is not what we do, but how we do something that defines real healing and a return to pain-free movement.