easing chronic pain part 2

easing chronic pain part 2


Ten Awareness Through Movement® lessons

People always ask me how I got into the Feldenkrais Method®, and it was through my own experience of lifelong chronic pain. As I discovered twenty years ago, it is this awareness of new possibilities of perception that unravels pain.

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1 How to save your hips by sliding the legs
2 Easier turning by softening the ribs
3 How to roll to the side
4 Rolling from the head for a flexible neck
5 Sidebend to a more flexible spine
6 How to take a natural breath
7 Letting go of tension for easier breathing
8 Easy arm lifting by lengthening the torso
9 Softening the back for easier walking
10 Easier torso movement from pressing the pelvis

1 how to approach chronic pain
2 why these lessons are important
3 resiliency and breath
4 learning from experience

This series on chronic pain is a special one.  For many years I didn't know which way to turn and I found myself turning in circles looking for solutions. By the time I found the Feldenkrais Method, I'd tried many doctors, therapies, and methods. I read widely, and in one of the books I read I found this quote:

"PAIN is an opinion on the organism's state of health rather than a reflexive response to injury."

This gave me a glimmer of understanding that my pain was not based on injury per se, but on a perception. Pain is both subjective and objective. It is an interesting metaphysical, emotional, physical, and psychological confluence. And it is never the same for any two people.

Feldenkrais uses mindfulness with movement by opening up a non-judgmental inquiry into how we direct attention. What we attend to becomes our experience. Therefore, it is worth exploring the use of our attention as we find new pathways of movement.

New student? Read Foundations of Feldenkrais for information on how to approach these lessons.