Friday, 17 September 2010

Feldenkrais Principles - Letting the body teach the mind

One of the central pillars of my work with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, (IBD) is the principle that the mind can give us the information we need to repair the body; we just need to listen in the right way. Sometimes however, the body has to teach the mind first: After badly damaging his knee, the amazing Moshe Fendlenkrais literally went back to basics to learn how to walk again. He studied the techniques babies use to discover how to walk, and embodied these techniques in a physical therapy based on "building awareness through movement". This became, "The Feldenkrais Method".
Here are two videos - one showing how a baby learns to manoevre http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ko7U1pLlg- the other showing the Feldenkrais Method in action. This will give you some idea of the mind's power over our physiology. This same mind power plays a key role in my BUDI program to control the symptoms of IBD.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNVw4ZISLMs

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