Written by Chelsea Ball, PT, GCFP & owner of CMB Movement Therapy
It’s that dreaded moment: I am at a dinner party and someone innocently asks “What do you do?”. I usually take the easy way out and just tell them that I am a Physical Therapist. This satisfies the party guest, as they have a mental framework in which to place “PT”. I will rarely share with them that I specialize in a method of movement therapy called Feldenkrais – because trying to describe exactly what Feldenkrais is has always been a challenge for me. This is probably because the method is inherently experiential and putting it into words doesn’t really do it justice. What I will attempt to do here is give you a framework in which Feldenkrais can be personalized to you.
Do you resonate with any of these comments?
*If so, what do you normally do to address these issues?
- I am looking for ease and comfort but struggling with pain.
- I feel pain in some part of my body (shoulders, hips, neck, low back, knees, feet).
- I am unable to do a favorite activity because of pain or dysfunction.
- I feel my mind and body are disconnected when I do things.
- I feel mentally or physically drained after work or daily activities.
*Are these methods efficient or effective enough?
*Are you interested or curious to try something new?
Feldenkrais works as a way to rewire the brain (otherwise known as neuromuscular reeducation). It helps people improve their way of moving and their way of being.
- Decrease pain – Feldenkrais encourages you to become aware of your habitual movement patterns, then provides you with the tools to relearn more efficient ways to move – getting you out of the pain cycle.
- Improve coordination – By improving your body awareness and internal image of yourself, you will discover an increased connection of your mind-body.
- Decrease fatigue – Feldenkrais helps you to explore how to use your body with greater efficiency, decreasing the effort with all mobility tasks – whether that is performance in a sport or just your daily activities.
To learn more, visit www.cmbtherapy.com
to schedule your free 30 minute phone consultation to determine if this method would be helpful for you or visit her Instagram @cmbtherapy.