“What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I’m after is to restore each person to his or her human dignity.” -Moshe Feldenkrais
The Feldenkrais Method®
The Feldenkrais Method® uses a process of organic learning, movement, and sensing to improve posture, flexibility, coordination, athletic and artistic ability and to help those with restricted movement, chronic pain and tension.
“I think the method is best explained by studying the principles behind it. It is an experiential method, so it can make you feel warm and fuzzy or grounded and centered or nothing at all, but that is not the point. The point is to understand the core principles and integrate them into your daily life. The method helps you achieve this. It is a life-long process that entails constant reflection on the power of the basics so as to help you realize your full potential.” Matt Leve, Physical Therapist
• Good posture is the ability to move in any direction without hesitation or preparation.
• Clear Skeletal Support: the bones below move to support the bones above.
• Evenly distributed muscular effort/tone proportional work: the big muscles do the big work, small muscles do the small work
• Every movement is generated through an equal and opposite force delivered to/received from the ground.
• Force must travel up and through the skeleton (longitudinally), not across it. Avoid shearing forces.
• Head and eyes are free in the activity.
• Breathing is free in the activity.
• Reversibility: the ability to organize for the action and it’s suspension or reversal at any moment.
Feldenkrais & Physical Therapy
These elements combine seamlessly with the goals of physical therapy, which is why Shift offers you the mind-body principles and healing qualities of the Feldenkrais® method for your physical therapy or general health and wellness.
- Lessons from Feldenkrais, Part 1: The Pelvic Clock
- Lessons from Feldenkrais, Part 2: Dynamic Sitting
- Lessons from Feldenkrais, Part 3: The Foot Lesson
- Lessons from Feldenkrais, Part 4: Skeletal Awareness
Matt Leve, PT, MSPT, GCFP
Physical Therapist, Master’s of Physical Therapy, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
BS Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University
What to Expect
Your initial evaluation will assess your strength, flexibility, soft tissue/joint restriction issues, and postural mechanics. The Feldenkrais Method® will address your movement patterns on a deeper level to help you better learn what you are doing habitually, and in turn, help you learn more constructive alternatives.
Together we will develop strategies to more effectively perform any activity that you currently find challenging (lifting a heavy weight, swinging a golf club, walking or running, etc.) Your session will last 45 minutes. More than anything you can expect to learn something interesting about yourself.
The Shift Model of Care:
- Shift treats the whole you—body, mind and spirit because these elements of your health are always connected.
- Shift uses a collaborative model to inform and empower you with multiple perspectives.
- Shift is a supportive environment where you are invited to notice your own shifting self-awareness.
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