Baltimore Feldenkrais Center

 

What is Feldenkrais?

With each new movement we learn as infants, the connections in our brain multiply to create a map of ourselves, literally a self-image, which in turn is used by our brain to send signals to our muscles when we want to do something. Our nervous system constantly solves new problems and creates new connections to meet the world we live in. Muscles don’t think, bones don’t think, human brains do.

When we have aches and pains – back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc. – we need to learn to move differently, to change the patterns, to create new connections. If we want to hone a performance skill – playing an instrument, acting, dancing, swimming, playing baseball – we need to learn how to better use ourselves, to distribute the work efficiently through the whole body so everything will feel easier. If we suffered a stroke or have other neurological impairments like Cerebral Palsy or Brain Damage, we need to re-learn movement patterns to replace the lost ones. If we don’t find a way to change the map in our brain, every other solution will be temporary and will not enhance our life. Solutions that do not engage our basic patterns and our self-image will not bring lasting improvement.

The Feldenkrais Method is unique in its approach to solving these problems of self-use.  The classes in the Baltimore Feldenkrais Center, through carefully developed movement lessons based on developmental stages, accesses the brain’s patterns in order to make them more appropriate for our current goals and needs. It uses the language the brain understands best – the language of movement.

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

Moshe FeldenkraisMoshe Feldenkrais, the originator of the Feldenkrais Method, sustained debilitating knee injuries that doctors predicted would leave him with limited mobility. An engineer, scientist, soccer player, and martial artist, he refused to accept this outcome and used his scientific expertise to find a way to regain his mobility. He understood that in order to change the way a person moves, the brain needs to change the signals it sends to the muscles. He developed a method that uses the principles of anatomy, physics, and human development to teach people new ways to move. Since movement is involved in every action, the Feldenkrais Method is applicable to many different kinds of issues. 

Feldenkrais Method Applications

The Feldenkrais Method is practiced in two applications:

• Awareness Through Movement®
Awareness through Movement classes consist of easy-ti-do exercises, which employ unique movement sequences to address every area of the body and all aspects of human functioning. It is taught in a class setting but includes individual tailoring to meet the needs of each student in real time. It is of benefit to everyone who wants to improve, but especially to people with aches and pains and movement deficit who need to re-learn to move. The results can be remarkable, sometimes even in the course of one hour!
One series of classes includes 10 weekly sessions. Please, visit the Contact page to find out the times and how to register.

• Functional Integration®
Functional Integration is a gentle, effective, hands-on approach internationally recognized for its ability to address serious musculoskeletal and neurological problems, chronic tension and pain. It also addresses developmental delays and learning issues in children.
Aliza Stewart has worked with hundreds of people, over 28 years, and has experience with many of the different conditions that relate to movement. She also works with performers, especially musicians, who are interested in curing and preventing injuries, and achieving their artistic goals.
Functional Integration is personalized to each individual. To arrange a Functional Integration session, please visit the contact page for details.
Benefits of the Feldenkrais Method
Feldenkrais sessions are individually formatted for each student.  The benefits are unique to each student and vary from student to student.  Some common Feldenkrais benefits reported :  
  • Reduced physical pain
  • Better ways of coping with stress
  • Increased overall range of movement
  • Enhanced athletic and artistic performance
  • Prevention of performance related injuries
  • Greater ease and pleasure in physical activities
  • Quicker recovery of abilities following trauma
  • Increased mental clarity

Additional Feldenkrais Resources
You can learn even more about Feldenkrais by visiting:
www.AlizaStewart.com
www.feldenkraisformusicians.com