We are very excited 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 regarding modern science, but 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 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 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 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 of brain science, putting it all together to help us recognize how the 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.
- Chapter 1
Physician Hurt, Then Heal Thyself
Michael Moskowitz Discovers That Chronic Pain Can Be Unlearned
- Chapter 2
A Man Walks Off His Parkinsonian Symptoms
How Exercise Helps Fend Off Degenerative Disorders and Can Defer Dementia
- Chapter 3
The Stages of Neuroplastic Healing
How and Why It Works
- Chapter 4
Rewiring a Brain with Light
Using Light to Reawaken Dormant Neural Circuits
- Chapter 5
Moshe Feldenkrais: Physicist, Black Belt, and Healer
Healing Serious Brain Problems Through Mental Awareness of Movement
- Chapter 6
A Blind Man Learns to See
Using Feldenkrais, Buddhist, and Other Neuroplastic Methods
- Chapter 7
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
- Chapter 8
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
- Appendix 1
A General Approach to TBI and Brain Problems
- Appendix 2
Matrix Repatterning for TBI
- Appendix 3
Neurofeedback for ADD, ADHD, Epilepsy, Anxiety, and TBI
Notes and References