“Reduce the effort whenever possible. The use of force is the opposite of awareness; learning does not take place when we are straining. The principle should not be no pain, no gain. Rather, it should be if strain, no gain. Feldenkrais thought the use of willpower (of which he obviously had plenty) was not helpful in developing awareness.” ― Norman Doidge, The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries… Read More »Force or Awareness
“Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.” ― Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Facing one’s feelings without trying to influence them is not easy. In my experience for many people it is easier to accept… Read More »Befriending yourself
– Movement reflects the state of the nervous system– Attending to movement can be a healing experience that does not require analysis or interpretation– It is easier to attend to movement than to thoughts and emotions Inspired by reading article Awareness Movement and Capacity for Change which does a wonderful job highlighting connections between the Feldenkrais Method and Psychotherapy.
One of the rewarding and motivating things about my work that is witnessing a beautiful experience of the person appreciating newly found ease, gracefulness, and a quieter, more relaxed state of being. It is especially precious to hear what people have to say when they experience this work for the first time. At the end of the session, when client sits up and shares new beautiful things they notice about… Read More »This was so subtle – why do I feel so different?