Washington Post – A different way to relieve years of back pain

Washington Post writer, Lisa Rein, shares her experience with the Feldenkrais Method. She describes the subtle, yet challenging movements she made with her eyes and the surprising results it had on her neck and back. Here are couple of excerpts. Enjoy the entire article at the WashingtonPost.com.


Washington Post, September 27, 2018

In my first Feldenkrais class, we lay on our backs with eyes closed and drifted our eyeballs left to right and back again. We shifted our heads from side to side as our eyes followed in their sockets. Then we changed it up, moving our eyes in the opposite direction from our heads.

This may sound like a simple sequence. It’s deceptively challenging. And it continued for an hour, with sitting variations, eyes alternately open and shut, a brain workout that included tracking our thumbs as our bent arms moved at eye level from left to right and back again.

And at the end of that first class, I was surprised: I felt a little different, lighter. I could turn my neck a bit more to the left. My right hip moved more freely.Yet this made no sense to me, as the class involved no hip stretching. All of those eye motions, with my lids open and shut, had somehow freed up my body.

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