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How I got into the Feldenkrais Method®

Like most people, I came to the Feldenkrais Method because I was in pain. Through most of my life, I had experienced a lot of anxiety. I was pretty happy until I got into school. Then life became rather confusing for me. I was dyslexic (and still am to some degree), and reading was tough. Recognizing the difference between a ‘d’ and ‘b’ was nearly impossible. It seemed easy for other kids around me, but it was a nightmare for me. It wasn’t until I was about 10 or 11 years old that I was diagnosed with dyslexia, not that the diagnosis did anything for me except give a reason for my difficulties.
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Al Wadleigh’s Feldenkrais

I have long known that past experiences could influence the structure of our thoughts — what we perceive, what we’re open to, and how we react to the impetuses in our lives. Recently I learned that these experiences could also influence the basic everyday movements of our bodies — how we hold ourselves, retain or release pain, and function in a somatic or physical sense.