Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Best in Business Mind and Body Heals

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Best in Business Mind and Body Heals

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Byline: Tom Vudrag newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE Feldenkrais Method is named after the distinguished scientist and educator Dr Moshe Feldenkrais.

Dr Feldenkrais (1904-1984) earned his doctorate in physics at the Sorbonne and later was an associate to the Nobel Prize laureate Frederic Joliot-Curie in Paris.

He was also the first European to earn a black belt in judo and is credited with introducing the sport to the west.

Upon suffering a serious knee injury, Feldenkrais was faced with a 50 per cent chance for recovery and the possibility of confinement to a wheelchair.

Unsatisfied with the prognosis and conventional treatments available, he embarked on exploring new relationships between the mind and body to improve physical movement and function.

For 40 years, Feldenkrais developed an ingenious method for neuromuscular re-education.

He shared this knowledge among a select group of students worldwide. To cite the number of successful cases he had and of those who followed after him, would be exhaustive, if not nearly impossible.

Yehudi Menuim, the most outstanding violinist of the 20th century, was healed by Moshe Feldenkrais and was able to continue his career as a result. Feldenkrais created both individual hands-on non-verbal sessions known as a[approximately]Functional Integration Lessons' and a[approximately]Awareness Through Movement' Lessons done in group classes a[approximately]Functional Integration is essentially nonverbal'.

It is effective because the injured person has lost the ability to help themselves a their self-

reliance is so compromised most treatment produces only superficial improvement, if any at all.

In Functional Integration, the deepest kinesthetic sensations formed in early childhood are affected.

The person withdraws from what happens in the outside world and is completely absorbed with attending to the internally occurring changes. …

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