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The Feldenkrais Method

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The Feldenkrais Method - Shai Silberbush

In 1987, after deliberating between continuing my art studies or choosing a different future profession, I started studying the Feldenkrais Method in London. Because the method can be learned in different places around the world, I divided my learning period between Germany, the UK and Israel, and so was able to experience learning in different cultures and languages.

I've been teaching the Feldenkrais Method in Israel and other countries for over ten years. As a child who suffered from asthma, I first learned about the method, when my mother helped me tremendously with individual lessons in easing my breathing problems. My mother, Dr. Chava Shelhav, is a senior Feldenkrais instructor, who for many years has trained teachers in Israel and other countries in the Method. Through our collaboration, I've acquired substantial know-how, and together we've given professional training programmes in Israel and Germany.

I returned to Israel in 1990 and began teaching group classes for the general public, as well as individual lessons.I was privileged to participate in setting up Israel's first Department of Complementary Medicine, at the Assaf Ha'Rofeh Medical Centre. By combining the Feldenkrais method with conventional medicine and complementary medicine, I gained considerable experience in ways of perceiving human beings, and of understanding the concepts "health" and "illness" in alternative and conventional terms alike.

This experience led me to homeopathy studies, which in turn enabled me substantial knowledge and new ways of thinking about understanding people. Although I don't give homeopathic treatment, everything I learned is of great practical assistance in my way of thinking and reflections.Having gained much experience in group and individual work, I then turned to training future Feldenkrais instructors, in Israel and other countries. Currently I'm teaching 4-year study programmes that train instructors in the method. They are enriching, varied programmes which combine personal development and professional skills.

In the past few years, I've become very interested in working with children and babies; this offers an educational challenge in creating a firm educational basis and high-quality learning patterns (learning how to learn) which can serve the children in coming years. The technique combines movement, awareness and cognitive abilities.

I've learned from experience that many problems that crop up in later year stem from early childhood, and are the result of impaired motor and cognitive development processes during infancy and early childhood.The greatest challenge that I've encountered is in disseminating the method over the Internet. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais's dream was to spread the method throughout the world via satellite transmissions; in the early 80s, he already had a technological vision which would be fulfilled two decades later.

The inherent potential of distance learning by means of transmitting pictures and voices over the Net can let people all over the world become aware of the method, and the learning and development it brings.I'll be glad to hear your opinions, suggestions and criticism regarding the site and its contents, as I'd like to make it as easy and effective to use as possible.

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Let's imagine that we're building a machine that's comprised of a skeleton, muscles, internal organs and a brain. Does this brain speak English? Can it read and do mathematical calculations? Of course not! When the brain enters the world, it's only able to do the things that every animal can do: it takes care of breathing, digestion, and the body's other automatic processes. Beyond these automatic actions, we must "wire" that brain, so it can relate to the environment in which it exists. For the brain to function fully, so it scan and read, or dance, it must undergo a process of adaptation and connection.

(Moshe Feldenkrais, The Concealed in the Apparent),In order to understand how we think, we must understand the concept "philogenetics". Philogenetics is the genetic knowledge that's been imprinted in all nervous systems throughout evolution. The central nervous system (CNS) is the best structure on earth for individual (ontogenetic) learning. As babies develop, their nervous system experiencesa series of movements which have physical structural laws regardingthe field of gravity, and enable functional activities which lead todevelopment and progress.

Babies must undergo a long and arduous process along the developmental road until they can "stand on their own two feet". The long process of coping with balance begins at the earliest age, with the first transition from back to stomach. These basic movements prepare babies for crawling which leads, via sitting, to standing and walking. These functions pave the way to organising movement and stable posture.

Senso-motory development is the foundation for the development of thinking, intelligence and the child's perception of the world. Within that fixed developmental process (philogenetic), the child's personality, stability and individual appearance are created. They are unique to each child, just like handwriting and fingerprints.

In summary, human beings develop from infancy as part of a known,predetermined genetic procedure and as such, they create human individuality. Moshe Feldenkrais studied the development of human learning and found that learning development, intelligence and maturation processes develop by means of movement. In the course of his research, Moshe Feldenkrais developed a learning model effected via movement and contact, and which is based on the mechanical and physical laws of the skeleton in the field of gravity.

This model is made up of a series of movement-based processes that comprise such basic functions as breast-feeding and swallowing, and more complex functions like jumping, running, and even martial arts. When these processes are performed repetitively, they organise the system for basic learning processes and help to "wire" the system, creating a network between the brain's different centres. Through this basic repetition, adult people can identify their habits, personality and the way they act, and can choose additional means of acting and functioning - "Another opportunity for starting all over again".

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Treatments For:

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