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Alexandra Khamsi, Owner & Therapist MSG000463

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Feldenkrais Method®

Lynette, LSW,MRPYC

"I suffered a knee injury over one year ago and have been having difficulty getting back to a full recovery. I am a very active person and I found that my injured leg was NOT completely reliable. I found my self feeling awkward at times. I went through physical therapy and strength training, but I still did not feel like I could move like my self. Many professionals did not seem to understand my concern and difficulty. I was starting to think that this is the way it was going to be for me. This was until I began working with Alex and the Feldenkrais Method®. She helped me to begin to become aware of how my brain and body are not always working together. Applying the Feldenkrais principles has helped me to understand how to realign old connections and abilities. I also learned it was not just my knee injury that created this disconnection but a lot minor injuries that I have been isolating, restricting,and compensating certain movements over the years. The work with Alex has brought hope that it is possible to get back to feeling and moving like myself again."

In January 2014, I suffered an evolving stroke that affected my dominant side. I went through rehabilitation and out-patient therapies that taught me how to take care of daily activities and walk with an orthotic. That wasn’t enough for me. Feldenkrais became my alternative therapy. The Feldenkrais Method has made me aware of the movements I can do instead of dwelling on the ones I cannot do. Recovery is happening in small changes. Alex makes my brain connect with the whole body, not just an arm and leg. Thanks to Alex and Feldenkrais, I have a better attitude and self-image.

Lois

"After Alex worked on me, there was a freedom to explore and move without fear. It was amazing the release in the brain. Movements came easier and quicker."

Frida, PhD

What Others Are Saying

What is the Feldenkrais Method®?

The Feldenkrais Method® developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais is considered an educational system that uses movement to teach and learn awareness of oneself and to improve overall function. The method employs a manipulative and a group technique. The manipulative technique, also called "Functional Integration", is working with the individual and customizes its approach to fit the particular need of the person. The group technique, also called "Awareness through Movement" is helping to produce the effect of Functional Integration in a larger group pf people. 


Who was Moshe Feldenkrais?

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais was a Russian born physicist, mechanical engineer, educator and had a black belt  in the Japanese martial art of judo. In the early 1940's Moshe Feldenkrais found himself having difficulties walking due to a serious injury. He began to study the relationship between bodily movement and healing, feeling, thinking and learning. Not only did he restore his ability to walk again, he also made revolutionary discoveries, which led to the development of his method. In the early 1960's, a decade after developing and testing his theories, which were the make-up of the Feldenkrais Method®, he began to devote himself to applying his ideas to help people with a variety of problems and disabilities.


How does the Feldenkrais Method® differ from other Methods?

Unlike some forms of movement instructions, like yoga or dance classes, where someone visually demonstrates the movements, Feldenkrais's  ATM rely exclusively on auditory means of communication. Through this form of communication Feldenkrais gives the student the freedom to make their own choice of how to move, which enables people to live they way they want to. Feldenkrais's belief was that the most effective way to freedom of choice is self-awareness, because it increases the number of options available.


What are some of the underlying principles of the Feldnkrais Method®?

-  A brain cannot think without motor function
-  If you want to improve your movements you need awareness of it.
-  if you keep the movements slow and small you ll gain awareness, which is the key to learning
-  make sure you reduce the effort 

- by differentiating possible sensory distinctions between movements, our brain starts creating new pathways.