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“Through awareness, we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom at almost any age.”                 Moshe Feldenkrais


Neurons that fire together wire together.

In the field of behavioural medicine this phrase is often quoted. It refers to the way habits of thinking and feeling become wired into our neural network so that the habits become entrenched. By practising connecting different thoughts and feelings, we can change out habitual patterns and learn to respond in a way which is more beneficial, more skilful: we are able to enjoy greater wellbeing.

And, of course, this principle can be applied to what goes on in a Feldenkrais session. Through practising new ways of moving we are re-wiring. Brain-body links throughout our neural networks can be changed so that we can change our habits of moving.

This possibility for re-wiring is there throughout our lives.

Given the opportunity, we can learn, we can re-wire. Given the opportunity old patterns can be transformed into new ones, more beneficial ones. We can learn to move with greater ease and grace.

Moshe Feldenkrais developed the Feldenkrais method before advances in neuroscience transformed our understanding of how these changes become embedded. Nevertheless his approach is consistent with all that we now know about changing neural networks.

This insight lies behind our forthcoming workshop: Ageing backwards/Moving with time on your side.

In this workshop, you will be given the opportunity to use age and experience to enable you to improve the ways that you move in your daily life.

To Moshe Feldenkrais, there was good reason to be optimistic about how we age. At any time we could make new ways of moving available to us. The process of maturation offers the opportunity to take what has already been learned, to break it down into the component parts and then to put the parts back together- back together better.

Perhaps for decades a particular habit of walking has developed. A Feldenkrais workshop or  Functional Integration session will explore ways of moving. By developing awareness, changing self-image and exploring small moves it is possible to get a new sense of possibility. Once the parts move differently, with the guidance of a practitioner, they can be connected into a chain, integrated in a way that serves us better.

“Through awareness, we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom at almost any age.”                 Moshe Feldenkrais

“What I understand by maturity, is the capacity of the individual to break up total situations of previous experience into parts, to reform them into a pattern most suitable to the present circumstance.”   Moshe Feldenkrais

‘The first quotation is clear enough, it’s about the quality of movement that can come from doing Feldenkrais. The second quotation is about how we can become better as we age and have choices about how we function.’ Veronica Rock

Integration of these ways of moving takes place in our brains. The Feldenkrais Method means that there is movement and then there is rest. The spells of resting between moves are not for the muscles. The rest is for the brain to absorb – to re-wire.

Feldenkrais sessions are often enlivened by those light bulb moments when something new is learned. And that can be the cue to just be still. To rest, on the floor, resting and allowing re-wiring. In this way integration is enabled. In this way we have new possibilities of moving with grace. After a Feldenkrais session there’s that life enhancing change and the chance to move with ease. New wiring. New firing. New ease and grace.


“Through awareness, we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom at almost any age.”                 Moshe Feldenkrais


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