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Age Happens!
Who is Feldenkrais Work For?
Group and Individual Work
An easy way to learn
Awareness and Freedom

FELDENKRAIS

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I used to feel restricted,
if not imprisoned, by my body.
As a teenager, I trained myself
to not swing my arms when I
walked or make big movements
when I danced. My aim was to
stop people noticing I was tall.
I'm sure you know whether my
strategy worked or not!

By the time I was 30 I felt 60. I creaked and ached. I had tests for rheumatism, which proved negative. The thought of how I would be at 60 was depressing, to say the least. I suffered from neck ache, lower back ache, and had two frozen shoulders in close succession. (I realised much later that these were nearly entirely to do with my self image and not do with my genes or disease as doctors would have me believe.) I was also diagnosed with ankylosing spondilitis, which gave me leg pain which was especially severe when sitting and meant it took me 7 days rather than 3 to drive from Dusseldorf to Istanbul. (And all this before the age of 30!) The ankylosing spondilitis (either, I now realise, a mild and non-progressive form, or a wrong diagnosis)led me to the Alexander Technique and, some 8 years ago, from there to the Feldenkrais Method and I subsequently became a Feldenkrais Practitioner. I now have no back or neck aches, and no leg pain. I am still "unlearning" the stubborn habits of one frozen shoulder. I have become friends with movement and no longer feel restricted by my body. I move more easily now than 10 years ago.

Do you ever think how you'll feel 20 years from now? When we're young, ageing seems aeons away. Even a few creaks and aches do. How is it that these things creep up on us?


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Who is Feldenkrais work helpful for?

THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD
Feldenkrais work is based on the premise that everyone, given the right conditions, whatever their age, ability, weight, fitness and even whatever their neurological health, can learn. There are two forms of Feldenkrais work: Awareness Through Movement (ATM) and Functional Integration (FI). These support and complement each other

Our Choices

The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, physicist, engineer and judo black belt, who, after repeated knee injuries, rejected the 50% chance of success of a knee operation which would either enable him to walk or tie him to a wheel chair for the rest of his life.

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