This series on chronic pain is a special one. People always ask Erin how she got into the Feldenkrais Method®, and it was through her own lifelong chronic pain. For many years she didn’t know which way to turn and she found herself turning in circles looking for solutions. By the time she found the Feldenkrais Method, she’d tried many doctors, therapies, and methods. She read widely, and in one of the books she read she found this quote that she pinned to her wall for many years:
“PAIN is an opinion on the organism’s state of health rather than a reflexive response to injury.”
This gave her a glimmer of understanding that her pain was not based on injury per se, but on a state of perception. Pain is both subjective and objective. It is an interesting metaphysical, emotional, physical, and psychological confluence. And it is never the same for any two people.
Consider this: what we attend to becomes our experience and composes our entire life.Therefore, it is worth exploring the use of our attention. Many explorations of awareness, pain and depression have been at the forefront in recent years, such as the mindfulness-based stress reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the mindfulness therapy program championed by Dr. Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin, the trauma therapy research by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. Many other mindfulness programs are helping a wide variety of people, including veterans with PTSD and developmentally challenged children.
The way Feldenkrais lessons work is mindfulness with movement. Using awareness, we open up a non-judgmental inquiry into how we direct attention, what we perceive, and how we organize that perception into action. As Erin discovered eighteen years ago, it is this awareness of a new state of being that helps unravel pain.
These lessons are for everyone, whether it’s been ten years or two weeks, whether you have back twinges, chronic fibromyalgia, long-term movement challenges, or just want to feel better.
- Introduction – How to Approach Chronic Pain – 8:30
- Lesson 1 – How to Save Your Hips by Sliding the Legs – 33:00
- Lesson 2 – Easier Turning by Softening the Ribs – 24:00
- Lesson 3 – How to Roll to the Side – 42:00
- Comment 1 – Why These Lessons are Important – 2:30
- Lesson 4 – Rolling From the Head for a Flexible Neck – 27:00
- Lesson 5 – Sidebend to a More Fexible Spine – 46:00
- Comment 2 – Resiliency and Breath – 2:40
- Lesson 6 – How to Take a Natural Breath – 28:42
- Lesson 7 – Letting Go of Tension for Easier Breathing – 33:49
- Lesson 8 – Easy Arm Lifting by Lengthening the Torso – 35:08
- Comment 3 – Learning from Experience – 1:56
- Lesson 9 – Softening the Back for Easier Walking – 44:05
- Lesson 10 – Easier Torso Movement from Pressing the Pelvis – 22:16