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Exploring the MindBody Connection: Feldenkrais and Pilates


Baby's First Steps
Infant Discovering Movement

It's Monday, a fresh start to the week, and an ideal time to delve into the expansive world of MindBody techniques. This week, we're going to explore various methods like yoga, tai chi, the Alexander Technique, Pilates, and the Feldenkrais Method. Our focus will be on understanding how these practices influence what we're doing in Pilates and how Pilates fits into the broader landscape of mind-body wellness.


The Feldenkrais Method: Insights from Moshe Feldenkrais

Moshe Feldenkrais's method is an amalgamation of scientific knowledge and a deep understanding of human movement, shaped significantly by his observations of infant movement development.


The Dual Facets of the Feldenkrais Method

  1. Awareness Through Movement (ATM): These classes use gentle movements to foster exploration and self-awareness.

  2. Functional Integration (FI): In these one-on-one sessions, practitioners guide movements to enhance efficiency and comfort.


Feldenkrais's Legacy: The Foam Roller

Feldenkrais's invention of the foam roller has become a staple in physical therapies, including Pilates, aiding in flexibility and muscle recovery.


Dreas Reyneke: Merging Feldenkrais with Pilates

In London, Dreas Reyneke's pioneering work in integrating the Feldenkrais Method with Pilates has opened new avenues for holistic MindBody wellness.


The Broader Impact on Pilates Practice

Understanding and appreciating the principles of various MindBody methods, like Feldenkrais, enriches our approach to Pilates, deepening our insight into movement and the mind-body connection.


Conclusion

This week's journey through different MindBody techniques reveals the interconnected nature of these practices and their collective goal of enhancing movement quality and wellbeing. For Pilates practitioners, this exploration offers invaluable perspectives, enriching both their practice and teaching.

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