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POWER OF MOVEMENT

Release, Relax, Unwind

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

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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.

MY STORY

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 

 

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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

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THREE STEPS

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.

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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.

Sports Injury

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
FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION

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.

 
 
 

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1082 KC Amsterdam, Netherlands

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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?


The quicker you receive treatment for a condition, the faster it improves. With prompt treatment after the onset of pain, the student usually feels improvement within 2-3 lessons. When the pain level is high or movement has been restricted for some time, more lessons are required. The most important part of any lesson is step 3 and during the process I always ensure proper internalization of the correct movement, otherwise the pain may return as old movement habits come back.




What health conditions can benefit from The Feldenkrais method?


The primary areas treated are the back, neck, arms, and feet. Lessons are known to improve posture, movement, coordination, and balance. Special conditions that benefit:

  • Constrained movement
  • Movement discomfort
  • Muscular Tension
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Arthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Attention and concentration enhancement
  • Breathing function improvement




What to expect from a Feldenkrais Treatment?


Feldenkrais aims to treat the root cause of pain by bringing the body back to its correct posture and natural movement. 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.





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