Case Study using Feldenkrais and Diet to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

A compelling new short film has just been released detailing the results of a mom with multiple sclerosis and her successful journey to maintain independence using the Feldenkrais Method. Please share this film with those you know who suffer from this disabling disease:

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Successful brain aging

A special issue of Science looks at the mechanisms and contexts of successful brain aging. The development of the brain through one’s entire life is affected by genetic, physical, and psychological factors. One thing we know for certain, our mental lives benefit when we lead lives that are not only physically healthy, but also intellectually challenging and socially engaged.

As we age, our brains constantly reorganize in response to new experiences, a process called neuroplasticity. Reading, writing, games and puzzles are incredibly fun and helpful. Even after horrible physical or psychosocial trauma, such as a stroke or a loved one's sudden death, there is a phenomenal level of flexibility in the brain that enables an individual to compensate and cope, and return to brain health. 

How can we interpret this brain aging study? Stay healthy, be mindful, have good friends, and have novel experiences that create strength and joy. Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement is a perfect example of a novel experience leading to better overall organization and brain health. See if you can find the joy in it!

Feldenkrais and changing neural networks

The Feldenkrais Method is based on our current understanding of the processes involved in learning movement skills. It is a systematic approach to improving human movement and general functioning. Feldenkrais depends on our brain's ability to change rapidly, a process called neuroplasticity. It's basic premise is man's ability to learn and access a myriad of software programs for each and every action a human performs.

It would make sense that a system existed to upgrade brain hardware to keep up with these new software options. And there is. Scientists at Duke have found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that is capable of telling stem cells to make more new neurons. Though the experiments are in their early stages, the findings open the amazing possibility that the brain may repair and upgrade itself from within (retrieved 6/4/14 from Neuron Tells Stem Cells to Grow New Neurons.)

This research explains the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the Feldenkrais Method. It will be exciting to see what research comes next to validate this form of physical improvement.

 

Feldenkrais, Neuroplasticity and New Discoveries in Chronic Pain

More than 100 million Americans experience chronic pain. And although that’s more than the number of Americans who suffer from heart disease, cancer, or diabetes combined, chronic pain often goes untreated. Chronic pain is distinguished from acute pain in that it lasts for much longer than normally expected, usually over three to six months. 
Until now, the common misconception about pain is that it’s connected to tissue injury. Most people think that unless something’s broken, or torn, or herniated, that you’re not going to have persistent pain. In other words, some sort of damage that you can see or image should exist. We now know that this is not the case. Chronic pain is caused by changes in the brain and the spinal cord and the nerves that go through tissues. Because you can’t tell by looking at someone how much pain they’re in, and people assume that you can, patients with chronic pain face a lot of challenges (from New Discoveries in Chronic Pain Research, retrieved 11/1/13). 
Feldenkrais uses our nervous system's capacity for self-organizing and self-regulating to improve the quality of our actions, a process called neuroplasticity. Improving movement quality allows the body to function more efficiently. This efficiency creates environments for chronic pain to heal, and opportunities for athletes and others to excel. 
Having chronic pain? Don’t let it ruin your quality of life! Allow me to show you how the Feldenkrais Method can work for you. Please call 760-436-2403 for your free phone consultation.

Train smarter and harder using the Feldenkrais Method.

Many people use exercises like jogging and sports to sharpen their bodies. But the more you repeat these activities, the less challenging they become: doing them over and over only traces over-learned pathways in the brain.

To actually gain from exercise, scientists have discovered that your brain needs activities that are both challenging and adaptive. By exposing your body to constant, fresh stimulation, you’ll create new neural pathways and change existing ones - part of a concept called neuroplasticity.

Drawing on the science of neuroplasticity, the Feldenkrais Method is designed to give your body and brain the unique challenges they need. Feldenkrais exercises your brain like a muscle. As your brain gets stronger, Feldenkrais introduces new and more difficult exercises that encourage your neurons to adapt and change. Like any good trainer, Feldenkrais always pushes your brain to be better.

Feldenkrais is an ongoing, limitless process. Each time you improve, you'll overcome the next level of challenges, and the next. Soon, you’ll overcome obstacles greater than which you ever dreamed. Try Feldenkrais today to start your journey down new neural pathways - you’ll be amazed at what you discover with the right plan to guide you.

Let me help you. Call 760-436-2403 for a free phone consultation now