Interrupting Habit

We all have habitual movement patterns arising from our experience. The freedom of movement we know as children is disrupted by injury, occupation and trauma. These events subside, but the movement patterns remain. The Feldenkrais Method offers small, gentle movement options to the brain. The brain recognizes order and efficiency and, when given choices, can release years of held tension in an instant.

“After just a few moments of the Feldenkrais exercises, people often find themselves, as if by magic, easily doing things with their bodies that they never thought possible.”

New Age Magazine

Who was Moshe Feldenkrais?

Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was a physicist and engineer who lived most of his life in Israel. He developed his work while attempting to heal his own injured knees, discovering that awareness was key to this process. When movement exploration begins to wake up the brain, things begin to fall into place: we start to move – and to live – with more of ourselves engaged, and begin to function more fully. Essentially about learning, the Method demonstrates that growing older does not have to be synonymous with physical deterioration, and that lifetime habits can change.

"To make the impossible, possible; the possible, easy; and the easy, elegant."

— Moshe Feldenkrais

Mind, Body and Human Potential

Feldenkrais discovered that exploration through movement offered even more than the gift of being able to walk again. He became, more than anything, interested in the question of human potential. Like Feldenkrais, most people come to the method because of physical pain or disability, but often find more than just physical relief. Issues people have dealt with for years often become resolved when they are no longer carrying them in their movement patterns.

“Traditional talk therapy has its limits. For those of us who believe in a mind-body connection, Feldenkrais is a great place to start. Through my work with Louise, I learned to be more aware of my physical presence. For example, having my feet planted on the floor in a meeting gives me a sense of being grounded. It's a small but important realization. The more our physical and emotional selves are on the same page, the stronger we feel.”

— Paul McLennan, Community Activist

Articles by Louise Runyon

Website Links

For more information about the Feldenkrais Method, see www.feldenkrais.com.

For more information about BONES FOR LIFE (a Feldenkrais approach to strengthening bones and improving alignment), see www.bonesforlife.com.

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