Moving Health...... Chronic Comfort..... Alastair Love..... Adelaide, Kadina & Regionally
Why "Moving Health, Chronic Comfort"?
Feldenkrais Practitioner (with physiotherapist background)
When I was a teenager, I was frustrated and confused by injuries and surgery which did not recover from natural healing alone or as i was told they would. This led me to career in physiotherapy. To begin with I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and using strategies that I had studied. Some worked.
I fully expected Feldenkrais to be a big waste of time. But,inspite of that, the opposite was my experience. Effective, yes. Comprehensive, yes. Curious, Intriguing, Yes.
I had spent the previous 10 years striving for my best the “work hard” way, as I had been trained to do. I was awestruck when I got more benefit in an hours ridiculously gentler movement work. Walking taller and running fluidly were better straight away, without having to think hard about them.Automatic. That was enough research for me, but it wasn't til 2001 that I was able to finally train, finishing in 2004.
Around that time I was diagnosed with severe arthritis of my hip, a combination of birth defect and the collisions in and through the rigours of life. I remember the totally sinking feeling when I saw X-rays of my very not so good hip, that showed me how I had lived with a "lemon" since birth and it was totally worn out. Sports injuries, bicycle/car collisions and surgeries all added up to more limitations than was nice. I was strongly recommended immediate joint replacement surgery, but postponed it for nine years by practising what I was learning. Mostly I found mine and other physio knowledge and practices limited at best, and often more painful than beneficial. Feldenkrais made ongoing big differences, it helped me learn Aikido, a athletic flowing martial art designed to bring harmony rather than fighting to life when I should have been getting more limited. Even my surgeon noticed that and was amazed at the differences she saw and didnt think were possible.
The skills developed were invaluable in my rehabilitation after my hip replacement (2010), and after, so I now enjoy fitness and vitality and free from chronic pain again. I love sharing skills and experience to address injury, arthritis, pain and surgery, (preparation and rehabilitation), and to improve abilities to move. that way we can avoid a life of frustration and disappointment. Ordinary becomes personal best and beyond.
Singers, athletes and martial artists are finding that there are similar skills and practices to those that also help them get the best out of themselves and move them towards their ideal performance. And the same ease can be conveyed to those who wish to be comfortably independent, agile at home, balanced and poised in life and the world, basically living life with vitality and confidence.
Cycling round the back blocks near Kadina on a fine day, pastel painting, garden design and reconstruction, and house renovation are past times of present interest…..
Frequently Asked Questions about Feldenkrais and
How is it different to normal physiotherapy?
Feldenkrais is systematic concept, but there is no forcing. It’s based on recognising one’s mistakes in movement; then learning how to move differently. It promotes choices and options rather than correct ways of doing things. The Feldenkrais method makes use of our inherent ability to adjust and learn in an ongoing way. It helps develop one’s ability to pay better attention to themselves by noticing patterns and how it can change through the use of the Feldenkrais system. Improvement is incremental. It is individual in that the learning occurs relative to each individual’s intentions and goals. It requires no special equipment. Because movement is part of everything that we do, changing the way we move changes the way the whole of our lives. Through improvement in movement things that were impossible become possible, and the possible things become even easier. We learn again of our potential resources and the ability to increase this effortlessly. In contrast to other methods of improvements where people have to learn the correct ways to hold and do things, the Feldenkrais method does not involve effort and hard work, but rather the opposite. When we recognise excessive effort as contrary to the ideal way that a human does things, that unnecessary effort blocks and inhibits movement and leads to wear, tear and injury.
What is the benefit of doing the work for four weeks?
From attending our weekly classes for 4 weeks you will realise the following benefits:
- Understanding of the Feldenkrais system
- Refined and increased quality of movements
- Increase in ability to relax the body
- Reduced confusion in regards to pain, tension and injury – and the things that can be done to assist with this (which are normally simple!).
- Understanding of how Feldenkrais can give additional benefits to the treatment of pain, tension and injury to other treatments
- How to shift from problematic habits and movements to positive and healthy ones
To learn more about Feldenkrais from Alastair Love, head to our contact us page. Alastair Love is currently working across Adelaide and Kadina, but is available in most regional areas of South Australia. Also, check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Google +.