Change and learning start with moving…
Kathryn Goldman Schuyler and Moshe Feldenkrais
|A certified practitioner since 1983 and an Assistant Trainer of new practitioners, Dr. Goldman Schuyler views the Feldenkrais Method® as a movement-based learning process that not only improves coordination, flexibility, and movement efficiency – but also transforms the way people think. While she is excited by the way this subtle process relieves pain and speeds healing after injuries or surgery, she is particularly interested in its use for enhancing the pleasure of movement and changing long-standing life habits.
In all of these areas, learning may overcome limitations assumed to be permanent, despite the presence of injury or physical limitation. This change can occur because each time we repeat less-than-functional movements, in a sense we re-learn them. Unintentionally, we “teach” ourselves to continue to contract muscles that are unrelated to the desired gesture. The Guild-Certified Feldenkrais teacher® helps one “un-learn” these parasitical movements.
MDs praise the Feldenkrais Method
Although some doctors are unfamiliar with the Feldenkrais Method, Andrew Weil, M.D. has stated that it is “much more useful than standard physical therapy” for patients whose range of motion has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia or chronic pain. (Samuel Benjamin, MD, Smart Choices in Alternative Medicine, Better Homes and Gardens Books, 1999, p. 62) It is rated as one of the best methods for addressing back pain in Steven Bratman, M.D.’s The Alternative Medicine Ratings Guide, (Prima Health, 1998, pp. 262-263). The Feldenkrais Method is recommended to “eliminate the problem altogether” and is described as “a powerful approach toward a permanent cure of chronic back pain.” It is also listed in the The Alternative Medicine Ratings Guide as one of the best methods for long-term improvement with knee, shoulder, and neck pain.
The work provides a way to learn about oneself by using the way we move physically as a metaphor for the way we move through life. All of our learning is grounded in what we experience via our bodies, but western science and philosophy tend to ignore this. Increasingly, thought leaders are recognizing the implications of such theory and practice for business areas like knowledge management and product development (I. Nonaka and H. Takeuchi, The Knowledge-Creating Company, Oxford University Press, 1995). At COHERENT CHANGE, we understand this fundamental truth and seek to use it in our work, both in personal and organizational development. You may want to download a copy of our article which describes how movement-based learning contributes to transformational change.
|Kathryn Goldman Schuyler is a PSIA-certified ski instructor – and uses The Feldenkrais Method to improve awareness and performance in sports, as well as in organizations.
You can also learn about the Feldenkrais Method and its use around the world.
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