Friday, February 15, 2013


Today (well Friday, I've still to sleep, but it is after midnight...) I have my first Feldenkrais appointment. I don't know an awful lot about it so I will learn much more at the session from the practitioner but it is somatic re-education - basically, I'm hoping it will help with the neuromuscular regeneration and help my brain form new (or re-form..?) neuromuscular connections and help in my recovery of movement and strength.

I stumbled across it a couple of weeks ago (actually while searching for "frozen scapula" on Google, realising my blog was the top hit - and that certainly wasn't very helpful in learning more about it - and then clicking out of sheer curiosity on a piano playing forum that also came up on Google's first page of "frozen scapula" searches).  Incidentally my specialist physio endorsed both the Feldenkrais method and some piano exercises... soon I will be better at scales than ever before!

I read a bit about it and it just seemed to fit with everything; I got a really good gut feeling about it.  From what I read it seems to be about helping your brain and body communicate better, enhancing movement in everyday life, but also for athletes and dancers (and helping with assisted movement in ill or injured people).  After the benefits I seem to be getting from trying to utilize muscle memory in my exercises, this seems like another new thing to try; a new approach that will fit with everything else I am doing.  I am really hopeful this will be a positive thing.

The quote is from the creator of the method, Moshe Feldenkrais, and the image came from this site.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
  ~ Albert Einstein

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