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In order for an individual to function well in a social context, they must first function well internally. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-84), for whom the Feldenkrais Method of Movement is named, developed a process whereby an individual can make deep contact with themselves through a heightened state of neuromuscular awareness.
The Feldenkrais process does not require great physical strength, nor does it require intellectual prowess. It simply invites the individual to turn their attention inward, and activates the innate human capacities of sensing, feeling, thinking, and moving, which we all share. As the learning process unfolds, the individual begins to recognize habits and patterns of movement and thought. Over time the process invites exploration, creativity, and the potential for change.
Moshe Feldenkrais was also interested in the relationship of the individual to society. Throughout his writings one can find references to the ways that societal pressures force the individual to sublimate their own learning and growth in order to fit in and to please. Feldenkrais believed that this sublimation leads to limitation and a sense of disconnection from one’s ongoing development and growth--which should be a life-long internally-led process.
It need not be an isolated process, however. Carefully structured programs of study grounded in the principles and values of the Feldenkrais Method can facilitate a sense of community and shared humanity due to its emphasis on gentle, yet powerful personal transformative potential. Professionals in the Social Work field may find Feldenkrais programming to be a powerful change agent that can work at the individual and community level. It offers a number of creative programming approaches, and a growing world-wide network of professional practitioners who can help to facilitate programming. In the coming chapters you will learn more about this remarkable Method, and find suggestions about how to implement a program in your community.
The purpose of this web journal is three-fold. It will:
- Introduce you to the experiential nature of Feldenkrais learning, so that you may experience how this somatic-based Method can bring about positive physical, emotional, and intellectual change. In the next chapter, you will find a link to a 30-minute Feldenkrais lesson taught by Kinesthetic Edge Director, Andrea Higgins.
- Educate you about some of the ways that Feldenkrais programs can aid individuals of any age and level of physical and cognitive ability. You will learn about various applications of the work and some of the research that has been conducted.
- Address program design, and offer suggestions about how to introduce Feldenkrais to senior populations at the community level.
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