How are Feldenkrais® and landscape architecture connected?
Landscape architects design the environment, while your brain is constantly changing in response to your environment.
Landscape architecture is a demanding creative profession where we are tackling some of today's most pressing issues, including designing for social equity, alternative transportation, and a swiftly changing climate.
The Feldenkrais Method® uses movement to improve how your nervous system operates, which affects how you do everything.
Billions of neurons, each with thousands of connections to other neurons, are constantly reorganizing themselves moment to moment. Feldenkrais lessons activate this neuroplasticity so that your nervous system improves itself as it connects the inner landscape with the outer landscape.
This reorganization is your brain learning.
Recent neuroscience has shown that both optimal learning and creative flow work similarly in our brains. They both happen by making new connections between things that were previously unconnected.
The optimal conditions for learning are also the strategies for finding creative flow.
Although commonly used for physical improvements, Feldenkrais-based movements can enhance the creative process, so we can design to our highest potential. It can be particularly useful when faced with creative blocks or when working under stress.
What is the Feldenkrais Method® ?
Who is it good for?
Anyone of any ability can do these lessons. The Feldenkrais Method helps those with pain, as well as healthy and athletic folks who wish to enhance their power, speed, coordination and flexibility. Musicians, dancers, actors, artists and other performers use these lessons to access their creativity and enhance their skills.
The lessons are designed to meet you at your own level, so anyone can get something from the lessons.
Is it like yoga or Pilates?
Awareness Through Movement® classes are similar to yoga or Pilates classes in that they are group classes lead verbally by an instructor. However, in Feldenkrais, the classes are lessons rather than exercises.
When you exercise, you work to push your limits. In Feldenkrais, what you can do is much less important than discovering HOW you do it. This is accomplished by finding ways to make things as easy as possible.
Each lesson is designed for you to learn more about yourself and discover more effective ways of doing things. So, practicing the Feldenkrais Method can improve your yoga, Pilates, and anything else you do.
How does it differ from massage and chiropractic?
In massage, the practitioner is working directly with the client’s muscles; in chiropractic, with the client’s bones. These are structural approaches that affect change through changes in physical structure.
The Feldenkrais Method works with the client’s nervous system and its ability to self-regulate, coordinate and reorganize for more efficient movement and mental clarity.