If you are not aware of how you are moving, you cannot improve. The Feldenkrais Method can change how you run. It was created by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904-1984) as a system to improve movements through increased body awareness. Moshé Feldenkrais was a physicist and a mechanical engineer who developed this method to rehabilitate a serious knee injury that doctors said required surgery.
You will change how you move when you run. Using this method, you will follow instructions for specific movements designed to reduce pain and improve limitations in movement.
I was first introduced to the Feldenkrais Method® because of a lower back problem. I suffered from lower back pain for many years. I tried many of the traditional medical methods, which all provided temporary relief. However, this method actually healed my back. I learned how to isolate and stimulate muscles that I haven't used in years. It has been more than six years since I've needed any medical treatments for back pain and my back has remained strong and healthy.
What I learned from my Feldenkrais® lessons will stay with me forever. I learned how to strengthen the connection between my mind and body. My body awareness was greatly enhanced. I began to notice how different movements were affecting my body and how slight changes could make a difference in the ease or difficulty of a movement.
With my heightened awareness, I discovered that I could also use the Feldenkrais Method to prevent running injuries. I began to pay more attention to my movements while running and began to understand why certain parts of my body hurt after running.
The following video will help you to understand more about the Feldenkrais Method, how it began and how it can help your discover your true potential through awareness of mind, body and spirit.
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With the Feldenkrais Method, I became more aware of how my body was moving during and after running and I began to notice the following:
Scott Forrester is the author of The Aware Athlete. He is a running form coach; a certified personal trainer; a licensed physical therapist assistant; and a Feldenkrais practitioner.
Scott shares wisdom discovered on his journey which began as a member of the high school track team and his frustration with injuries. He shares insight on how science helps us understand human potential, explores the science of neuroplasticity and the related concept of mind-body unity, how the brain influences physical structures, and our nervous system’s ability to optimize movement and performance.
At the end of each chapter, one or more movement lessons are included so you can experience the topics discussed in a personal way. Read more about this innovative guide for developing human potential here:
The Feldenkrais Method will help you to help yourself. It teaches you how to become aware of your individual body's movements - the key to correcting your posture and running injury free.
Want to learn more and experience Feldenkrais® for yourself, check out these Feldenkrais® resources:
If you would like to attend a local Feldenkrais group lesson or attend a one-on-one session, check out the Feldenkrais Guild of North America to find a practitioner near you.
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