When I first began exploring Feldenkrais work 30 years ago, I had no idea about the impact it would have on my body and mind…and brain. Having an interest in psychology and the bodymind connection, the changes I began to experience in my body and self image truly impressed me. I felt I was beginning to understand something about the relationship of movement, sensing, feeling and thinking from the “inside”. Feldenkrais work was using “movement” to re-program my brain and doing so in such an interesting and enjoyable way! The brain loves novelty–loves to learn. And Moshe Feldenkrais knew how to speak directly to the brain through movement. He was way ahead of his time in understanding the bodymind relationship, and the plasticity of the brain. Neuroplasticity means that the brain cells and nerves are very malleable–can change and grow in all sorts of novel ways to meet new needs and recover from illness and injury.
I am so grateful, as I am growing older, that I have this wonderful resource to draw from, a way to continually feed my brain new information to keep my body and mind stimulated and pleasantly challenged. And I am excited to be offering workshops with my colleague, Jane Burdick, on AGING COMFORTABLY. Please join us in Portland Me. for our next workshop on Feb. 24th.