Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Category Archives: Feldenkrais Method

Movement Variability and Resourcefulness

I have seen a lot of interesting research and discussion lately on the issue of movement variability. The ability to make small adjustments to a basic repetitive pattern like heart rate, brain waves, energy use and movement seems to be a good indicator of health and function. Experts who perform the same repetitive task (sayRead More

Some Problems with Movement “Correction”

Moshe Feldenkrais said that to “correct is incorrect.” He was referring to efforts to correct someone’s movement patterns. Which is kind of a strange thing to say for a guy whose method was largely about making people’s movement more efficient. What did he mean and what does this say about efforts to correct movement? IRead More

Meditation and Pain

One of the goals of the Feldenkrais Method is to develop greater awareness of your movement patterns. Why? According to Moshe Feldenkrais “if you know what you are doing you can do what you want.” Sounds reasonable enough. I was reminded of this quote after reading about a line of research which attempts to showRead More

Upcoming Class: Hip Power and Mobility

The pelvis is the largest bony mass in the body and all the strongest muscles attach to it: the glutes, the abs, the hamstrings, the quads, the back muscles. It is also in the center of the body, and therefore critically involved in all the the basic movements: walking, running, squatting, throwing, kicking. So goodRead More

Baby Liv Part Two

Irene Lyon has just completed a sequel to her amazing Baby Liv video, which I posted about here. Part two looks at Liv’s development into crawling. Watch it first for the cuteness, and then second (and third) to learn something about how humans develop their movement skills. Thanks Irene and Liv, fantastic work. Great illustration ofRead More

Merzenich Interview on Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method

I recently watched a very interesting interview with Michael Merzenich, a well known neuroscientist at the University of California. Merzenich has made some very large contributions to his field, particularly in the area of neural plasticity as it relates to the organization of the body. He is considered one of the leaders in the “NeuroplasticityRead More

The Brain is for Movement: Part Two

In a recent post I linked to a TED talk by neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert about how the brain controls movement. As promised, here are some more thoughts on Wolpert’s explanation, and how this relates to the Feldenkrais Method. (If you haven’t watched the video yet, I recommend watching before reading this post, but it’s notRead More

Movement of the Week: Baby Liv

I write a lot on this blog about the value of moving slowly, mindfully, gently and playfully as an excellent way to develop efficient and pain free movement. If you want to know what that looks like, watch a baby move…
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How Long is Your Neck?

The other morning I was taking a walk with my one year old daughter strapped to my chest. She was facing me and I had my hands around her low back.

When she is not fast asleep she likes to look around to check out what’s going on in the hood. One of the things I have noticed about babies is that a huge percentage of their movements in the first year . . .

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Free Audio Lesson: Squat Fundamentals Volume 2

A few weeks ago I posted a twenty five minute audio lesson on improving the squat. Below is a link to volume two. If you haven’t done volume one already, I would highly recommend that you do that before moving to volume two. On the other hand, I think I saw Godfather Two before the first one, and the results were excellent.Read More