Unveiling the Feldenkrais Training
So let me tell you about this fascinating thing called Feldenkrais Training. I know, it sounds more like a mythical creature from a fantasy novel, but it's actually a type of physical therapy. Named after Israeli physicist, Moshe Feldenkrais, who developed the technique, the therapy aims at enhancing human functioning by increasing self-awareness through movement. Only when I delved into it did I realise the cornucopia of benefits it had to offer and how it was so much more than just another 'fitness' approach.
One fine day, when Frederick had dozed off on the couch after a particularly heavy dinner, I felt the urge to explore something new. Yes, the mommy in me did think of the million other things I could do, like folding laundry or finally getting around to organising Max's toys, but instead, I found myself opening my laptop and diving headfirst into the world of Feldenkrais Training. And let me tell you, it's like finding treasure in your backyard. It's so surprising how little we know about the potential our bodies hold and the incredible things it can do with a little push in the right direction!
The Magic of Enhanced Self-Awareness
First things first, Feldenkrais Training breeds self-awareness by teaching us to listen to our bodies. Now, I don't mean listening to your body when it's craving another cookie, I'm talking about truly understanding what your body needs to perform better. It's all about marrying movement to cognitive function; you feel the motion, understand its pattern, and then use your brain to either enhance or change it. Talk about mind over matter! It's like being a super scientist and your subject is none other than you.
Do you remember when we were children playing, running and jumping without a care in the world? We didn't worry about getting injured or feeling sore tomorrow. Our bodies were our playgrounds. Feldenkrais Training is sort of like a ticket back to those times. It brings back our natural movement patterns and the inherent wisdom within our bodies. It sounds fantastic, doesn't it?
Improving Physical Performance
Alright, let's get to the point. Feldenkrais Training can improve physical performance, and no, I am not blabbing. This is legit! Whether you are an athlete, a dancer, or just someone like me who struggles to make it up the stairs without panting, this training can enhance our bodily functions. I've been trying a few Feldenkrais exercises for weeks now, and you wouldn't believe the effect it had on my yoga poses!
And not just that, from what I've seen and read, the training is even used to help stroke patients recover. My grandmother could have really used something like this. And with the older population in Melbourne on the rise, it's an important consideration from a public health perspective. We cannot ignore the benefits of therapies like these anymore.
Busting Stress and Enhancing Emotional Well-being
Did I mention that Feldenkrais Training can bust stress? Now that definitely caught my attention! As a mom to Noah and Violet, stress is as common as breathing. And with a husband as mischief-prone as Frederick, stress is my middle name. But here's the kicker. Since I've started the training, I've felt calmer, happier, and more at peace. It's incredible how the training can shift our mental state by simply altering our physical state.
The principles of Feldenkrais align with mindfulness and present moment awareness. We're not just moving our bodies, but our minds too. The more we connect with our bodies, the more grounded we become. It's a beautiful harmony that works wonders for mental health.
The Patient Guide to Pain Relief
Now, this one's quite close to my heart. Everyone remembers my skiing accident last winter (who can forget the infamous 'face-plant') and the subsequent backache that refused to go away. Painkillers were my best friends, and I was seriously considering investing in a good massage chair, until Feldenkrais Training entered the scene. And voila! My backache is now a thing of the past.
Feldenkrais Training can actually aid in pain relief through non-invasive methods. Its meditative and often slow movements can help tune into the areas of discomfort, enabling the body to relax and ultimately alleviate the pain. It's astounding how simple it is and yet, how effective.
In a world that's always rushing, taking time to slow down and listen to our bodies is truly precious. Feldenkrais Training taught me that. Further, it's not about reaching some superhuman form of agility or strength; rather, it's about knowing and being comfortable in our depth. And let's not ignore the domino effect it has on our lives - less stress, more focus, happiness, reduced pain - it all adds up to a better quality of life. And isn't that what we're all striving for?
So, here's to Feldenkrais Training, the magical universe that helped me rediscover my body and myself. The day I stumbled upon it was indeed a lucky day. I urge everyone to give it a shot because trust me, you may find some quirks, some surprises, but you'll definitely find a better you in the process. And remember, it's not about doing the exercise perfectly, it's about discovering your own unique way. Happy browsing!