Who Comes to Feldenkrais?
- People with neuromuscular conditions (including multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and stroke);
- People with high demands placed on their bodies (such as athletes and performers);
- People seeking to recover from physical and emotional trauma, including sexual abuse;
- Those engaged in sedentary occupations with little opportunity to move;
- Anyone wanting to more fully realize physical and emotional potential.
“I recommend the Feldenkrais Method to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy. I also believe the Feldenkrais Method can help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.”
— Andrew Weil, M.D., Author of Spontaneous Healing
What Brings People to Feldenkrais?
Professional musicians, athletes and dancers have long sought out the Feldenkrais Method to hone and improve their abilities, and to deal with potentially career-ending injuries and conditions. People with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and strokes have utilized the method extensively to improve their functioning. Individuals with pain and dysfunction through overuse, misuse and neglect have benefited, as well as people who simply want to move more easily, or age more gracefully.
“The Feldenkrais Method is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function.”
— Margaret Mead, Ph.D., Anthropologist
Applications of the Feldenkrais Method
Others seek out the method because they feel alienated from their bodies, or because they recognize movement as an important part of their personal growth. The method has been applied in many other areas, including reversal of incontinence, increasing bone density and improving sleep.