“What you truly learn best will appear to you later as your own discovery.” – Moshe Feldenkrais
“Change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not.” – Arnold Beisser
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers
The Feldenkrais method is a radically non-corrective approach to improving quality of life. It can be thought of as unconditional positive regard expressed through touch and movement. This work is based on trust that the person moves the best way they can and with the help of awareness can naturally discover and integrate more ease and freedom of movement.
In a Feldenkrais session, each client is met as they are, without attempt to correct, or force any particular outcome. As a practitioner, my goal is to create an environment and facilitate an experience that supports and accelerates person’s natural tendency towards more balanced physical and psychological states. Sessions begin with finding a position that is comfortable for the client(usually lying down). Then, through gentle touch and subtle movement the practitioner provides non-intrusive feedback to help client become more aware of how they are being themselves. As the session progresses, changes emerge from within the client’s nervous system: unnecessary tension is released, breathing becomes easier and, the client’s overall state becomes more balanced. Clients often describe this state as grounded, present, quiet, at ease, state of agreement with oneself.
By experiencing emergent change that happens naturally from within their nervous system, client grows trust in themselves. They feel better without having to surrender their agency. They neither corrected themselves, nor agreed to be corrected, and therefore can rightfully claim credit for helping themselves feel better.
The non-corrective nature of this work makes it a great way to support both therapists and their clients.
To learn more about connection between therapy and the Feldenkrais method
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– Check out the links below:
Awareness, Movement and the Capacity for Change: An introduction to The Feldenkrais Method
Salon.com article with in-depth introduction to the Feldenkrais method and overview of it’s history.
Person Centered Therapy
Paradoxical Theory Of Change