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The New Zealand Feldenkrais Guild

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Remember the song ‘It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it’? That’s what the Feldenkrais Method® is all about.

Posture and a strong core are important...aren’t they?

We’ve all been told posture and a strong core are important – and that’s true, but most of us aren’t clear about how to put it all together in everyday life.

You hear a lot about core stability these days. Core stability is really important but it’s knowing how to use it that’s important not just being able to produce it. If you do exercises to make your core stronger the muscles will be stronger. But if you don’t use them when you are walking, moving and doing things then that’s not much use to you. That might sound silly but it happens to a lot of people. Just because you’re a body- builder doesn’t mean that you will have great core stability when you are walking down the street.

Good posture is really the background to all exercise and poor posture is the background to many painful joints and stiffness problems. Making sure that you understand how to work your own body is the basis of all you want to do with it.

Where do our habits begin?

Most of us never have a lesson in how to walk; very often we just copied the people around us. Have you ever seen a father and son walking together? From behind it can be hard to tell them apart because they walk the same way! Over the years those patterns can lead to pain or restricted movement.

So we’re really talking to our brains rather than our bodies; that’s where these patterns of movement originate. So it’s important for you to have a sense of curiosity and a willingness to explore new possibilities.

When you are in pain it’s a signal that too much loading is going through one area. I look at what your feet are doing; what your pelvis is doing; and what your trunk is doing in terms of the load that your pelvis and legs are carrying.

What I do...

So how do you go about standing up straight? If you pull your shoulders back, you just get tired. I help you find your comfortable neutral place so your shoulders can relax, your neck can be free and your comfortable range of movement can improve.

I am passionate about working with you to clarify your movement patterns. I help you feel where you are moving – and where you are not – so that you can look after your own body yourself. I help you bring those background habits of movement into your conscious mind so you have choices about what you do. The more you use a new habit, the more comfortable and familiar it becomes so you are adding to your options rather than removing the old habits.

It doesn’t matter if you are 6 years old or 60 years old; you still need to look at your posture. It’s never too late to start looking at your posture. There comes a time when getting fitter and stronger isn’t enough; there comes a time when you have to get cleverer. And that’s where I can help you.