For anyone who has ever worked with a Feldenkrais practitioner, you may have discovered that the Feldenkrais Method® works, but you may not know how it works. For those who are curious, it works because the brain is plastic – meaning, it is malleable. According to brainline.org, the definition of neuroplasticity is “the brain’s amazing capacity to change and adapt. It refers to the physiological changes in the brain that happen as the result of our interactions with our environment. From the time the brain begins to develop in utero until the day we die, the connections among the cells in our brains reorganize in response to our changing needs. This dynamic process allows us to learn from and adapt to different experiences.”
The body and the mind are one. There is no influence or change in one without the other. The nervous system, which dictates all of our movement, is constantly taking in information from our environment and putting it back out.
Our brains evolved to learn. Once upon a time we were explorers – we moved about the lands and unknown terrains with curiosity. We constantly had to climb, crawl, swim, run, roll – you name it. Despite changing conditions, our brains still operate the same way – constantly learning and making connections.
With this in mind, we must…