ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM
Pain, restricted movement or discomfort in the back, neck, arms or feet?
Habits like oversitting, using mobile phones and not moving enough
DIRECTLY AFFECT BODY POSTURE
Feldenkrais aims to treat the root cause of pain by bringing the body back to its correct posture and natural movement
Jackob Firhi is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner from Instituto Feldenkrais in Barcelona. His work is based on Dr. Feldenkrais' original Amherst Functional Integration lessons. He has also taken part in Ruth Bar’s workshops in Israel.
Jackob lives in Amsterdam with his wife and three kids.
My journey began from my personal experience. For a very long time I had suffered from shoulder pain and low back pain and although I tried many methods to treat my pain, I found no relief. My sister, who is herself a Feldenkrais practitioner, introduced me this exceptional method where you learn through experience about your body’s habits and get a window of opportunity to enhance the mind and body connection. The improvement was felt after a few lessons that were combined with short home-practices. My primary goal was to stop the pain and refrain from using painkillers. Through the lessons I felt my posture slowly improving and my body’s flexibility increasing. I reached my goal, my back and shoulder pain were completely gone and practicing the Feldenkrais method prevented my pain from coming back. As my condition improved, I became fascinated with this method and began a journey in to the mind and body connection through studying to become a Feldenkrais teacher.
THE FELDENKRAIS PHILOSOPHY
The Feldenkrais Method develops the ability of the mind and body to connect through movement. It’s a somatic method that enhances the brain’s perception of posture and awareness of movement. The process promotes the brain's ability to reflect on movement and facilitates mind-body connection.
Practicing Feldenkrais improves posture, flexibility and coordination and can provide relief from tension, restriction of movement and chronic pain. Through the lessons you will understand the principles of improved movement and find out how to integrate them into your daily life.
"What I'm after isn't flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I'm After is to restore each person to his or her human dignity"
- Moshe Feldenkrais
Step 1 begins by examining the student’s movement habits – how s/he stands, walks, sits and how s/he gets out of bed. The movements are examined on levels: at the mechanical level of the muscles and joints, and then, at the level of the individual’s awareness of each movement
Step 2 is to make gentle movements, without force and without causing pain. This involves being fully attentive to the body, listening to where it feels tension or restriction while restoring it to proper movement and posture. I either guide the student verbally or by manipulating the body at this stage.
Step 3 is maintenance. Here, the goal is for the student to be able to adopt proper movement habits for life which will help him/her overcome movement restrictions, long term.
At Power of Movement, we improve our mind-body awareness. Lessons facilitate understanding of our own movement and habits. This new awareness helps us find a new way to move that supports recovery.
AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT
Lessons done in groups as guided movement sessions. Each lesson takes a movement function and improves it through guided exploration. We explore the movement, our awareness of the movement and effortless movement, developing a positive mindset during the learning process.
Personal lessons designed to meet an individual's needs, and unique capabilities to learn and improve. Guidance is both verbal and by touch, which enhances the acuity of the nervous system. Benefits include a finer kinesthetic perception of one's own habits which leads to greater ease, efficiency, awareness, and control of movement. Better posture, increased mobility, improved stability and lightness of movement and thought are among the qualities improved by lessons.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Feldenkrais suitable for people of all ages?
Yes! This method is suitable for everyone. It is always the right age to start developing body awareness.
How long do the benefits of treatment last?
What health conditions can benefit from The Feldenkrais method?
Lower back pain
Attention and concentration enhancement
Breathing function improvement