What happened to these people? In the top photo, they look distressed. In the bottom photo, a transformation has clearly occurred!
We had a bit of fun taking these snaps at Saturday’s workshop, “Ease for YOUR Neck & Shoulders.” The photos may have been a teeny bit staged, the people may have received a bit of direction. But despite the levity of the moment, everyone agreed that, indeed, they felt noticeably different — and better — after the gentle movement explorations provided in the workshop.
So, what happened? What did they do? How might YOU create the conditions for transformation?
In the Feldenkrais Method, we teach people how to pay attention. That’s it.
Good luck with that! See ya!
Obviously, it would be helpful to say a bit more about that. What happened was, the workshop participants arrived in a state of curiosity, with a willingness to experiment, hopeful that CHANGE WAS POSSIBLE. They understood that the change would come from them, from what they learned, and not from any outside source. They set aside some time to be quiet, and they enlisted the help of a “tour guide” — yours truly, an intrepid Feldenkrais teacher — to interpret the unfamiliar terrain and point out the interesting insider information. With just a little guidance and just enough time, they found new ways of moving comfortably, and they learned new ways to care for themselves.
What sets the Feldenkrais Method apart from other modes of exercise and self-improvement in our “Just Do It” culture, I think, is that opportunities for reflection are embedded in the process. Students are challenged to make distinctions: how did this movement feel before? How does it feel now? “Same? Or different?” is one of the most powerful reflective questions one can ask. In this climate of attention and inquiry, you can experiment your way to a better state. You can create your own well-being.
It takes a little practice and a little help, but you’ll get the hang of it fairly quickly. Change is not only possible, it is inevitable. We facilitate change for people in profound and quiet ways. What would you like to see in your own “Before and After” picture?