We are very exciting about the release of Dr. Doidge's new book, The Brain's Way of Healing. He features two chapters on the Feldenkrais Method®. He presents one of the clearest descriptions of the Method, its history — including some little known facts about Dr. Feldenkrais — and its applications.
This book represents a huge step forward for the Feldenkrais community as it presents two chapters on the Feldenkrais Method in the language of the cutting-edge science of neuroplasticity. This book acknowledges to the rest of world what we all know as practitioners and students, that Dr. Feldenkrais was way ahead of his time in understanding how the brain works and how to use movement, sensing and awareness to cultivate learning and change.
Not only does this book legitimize the Method in terms of modern science, it also gives Feldenkrais practitioners, students and enthusiasts a language by which to talk about the Method.
In his first book, The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge introduced readers to the most important change in our understanding of the brain since the beginning of modern science: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience—the phenomenon of neuroplasticity. Now, his revolutionary new book, The Brain's Way of Healing, shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works.
For centuries it was believed that the price we paid for our brain's complexity was that, compared with other organs, it was fixed and unregenerative—unable to recover mental abilities lost because of damage or disease. The Brain's Way of Healing turns that belief on its head, as Doidge lucidly explains how the brain's capacities are highly dynamic, and how its very sophistication makes possible a unique and gentle kind of healing. He describes natural, noninvasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us—light, sound, vibration, movement—that can pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the plastic brain's own transformative capacities without surgery or medication and their unpleasant side effects or risks.
Using this more nuanced understanding of how our brains work, scientists and practitioners have learned how to use neuroplastic therapies to address many common conditions and to offer hope where prospects for healing were long denied. We see patients in whom years of chronic pain have been alleviated, and others who have recovered the ability not just to walk or talk but to live fully despite debilitating strokes, as well as cases of long-standing brain injuries cured or vastly improved. We meet children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders or attention deficit disorder who have used neuroplastic techniques to achieve normal lives, and sufferers who have seen symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and cerebral palsy radically diminish. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia, or improve the brain's performance and health, with simple approaches anyone can use.
Neuroplastic healing is truly one of the life-changing breakthroughs of modern science — "mind-bending, miracle-making, reality-busting stuff," in the words of The New York Times, describing Doidge's first book. Here, he uses both astonishing, moving human stories and reports from the frontiers of an exciting field in brain science, putting it all together to help us recognize how mind, brain and body, as well as the energies around us, are all essential elements that combine in health and healing. This is a book with the potential to transform, to heal, and to offer hope.
Table of Contents
Physician Hurt, Then Heal Thyself
Michael Moskowitz Discovers That Chronic Pain Can Be Unlearned
A Man Walks Off His Parkinsonian Symptoms
How Exercise Helps Fend Off Degenerative Disorders and Can Defer Dementia
The Stages of Neuroplastic Healing
How and Why It Works
Rewiring a Brain with Light
Using Light to Reawaken Dormant Neural Circuits
Moshe Feldenkrais: Physicist, Black Belt, and Healer
Healing Serious Brain Problems Through Mental Awareness of Movement
A Blind Man Learns to See
Using Feldenkrais, Buddhist, and Other Neuroplastic Methods
A Device That Resets the Brain
Stimulating Neuromodulation to Reverse Symptoms
I. A Cane Against the Wall
II. Three Resets: Parkinson's, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis
III. The Cracked Potters
IV. How the Brain Balances Itself--with a Little Help
A Bridge of Sound
The Special Connection Between Music and the Brain
I. A Dyslexic Boy Reverses His Misfortune
II. A Mother's Voice
III. Rebuilding the Brain from the Bottom Up: Autism, Attention Deficits, and Sensory Processing Disorder
IV. Solving the Mystery at the Abbey: How Music Raises Our Spirits and Energy
A General Approach to TBI and Brain Problems
Matrix Repatterning for TBI
Neurofeedback for ADD, ADHD, Epilepsy, Anxiety, and TBI
Notes and References
- Chapter 1
What People Are Saying
"An exciting overview of powerful new neuroscience theories that connect mind, body, and soul . . . A Michelin Guide to this hopeful new trove of knowledge and insight."
— Boston Globe
"Doidge explains the processes of the brain and body in a clear and understandable way, even to those of us who previously couldn't distinguish a hippocampus from a hippopotamus. He tells of patients who hobble into labs and medical offices on canes and leave without them after their first visit. His enthusiasm for these recoveries is no less than that of a faith healer who has just brought sight to the blind. . . . For someone who suffers — or knows someone who suffers — from an injury or illness related to the brain, both this book as well as Doidge's previous will provide information — and perhaps hope — that the brain can heal itself."
— Seattle Times
"Norman Doidge, M.D. marches enthusiastically into the future in a dazzling collection of stories about neuroplasticity and the ever-changing brain. . . . Each of Doidge's examples suggests tangible treatment ideas for patients who may have thought they were out of options. Doidge's penchant for considering unconventional approaches to healing offers hope for all."
"A lively, anecdotal account of potential new directions that may point the way to major therapeutic breakthroughs."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Everyone who has a brain could benefit from reading Doidge's book."
— The Columbus Dispatch
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Media: Book, Hardcover, 432 pages