Nora’s (a retired PTA) Story of Feldenkrais

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Awareness of use of skeleton in functional activityFeldenkrais. I admit, I had never even heard the word, nor did I have any idea, WHO or WHAT it was prior to my sister, Nancy’s experience.

Nancy was involved in a serious motorcycle accident, that resulted in a “below- the-knee” amputation several years ago. In the course of her rehab she needed to learn to walk with a prosthetic leg. This task proved very difficult and discouraging until she worked with a Physical Therapist who also happened to be a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner CFP. At the time, I was attending school in Memphis to get licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Nancy shared in me, what a remarkable difference using the Feldenkrais Method® made in her progress with integrating the use of an artificial leg in re-learning to walk. She felt strongly that I should look into this method to enhance my physical therapy education. Thus began my four year journey into exploring how my own body moves while studying to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Very few of us are aware of “how” we walk, which muscles the brain fires to contract and release, the relationship of our skeletal frame as it stacks upon itself to support the weight of our body and the complex integrated whole of ourselves that are involved in average daily movements. Likewise few of us are “aware” of which leg we bear more weight on in standing, which shoulder blade contacts the floor more fully in lying down or which ear is closer to our shoulder. Why should we even care, isn’t life busy and complicated enough without having to focus on such things?

Moshe Feldenkrais, often said, “if you know what you are doing you can do what you want.” Instruction in the FELDENKRAIS METHOD allows a person to shift their attention to different parts of their bodies enabling them to become more fully aware of how they move. Being aware of what you are actually doing opens the door for choice when moving. Do you want to move in an automatic way, a way that may be causing pain or that involves more effort, or would you choose to move in an easier, lighter, more enjoyable way?

Some of the therapists at Synergy use some of the principles of Feldenkrais to help patients learn to move with greater ease and flexibility.

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