The Feldenkrais Method and most other movement principles, not only the ones taught at Feldenkrais San Diego, involve the stretching and compression of our muscles. In fact, in their most basic forms, even the most complex of sports can be broken down into a series of explosive poses, each held together by lengthened and compressed muscles.
Athletes and non-athletes alike often seek to improve their flexibility by stretching. It’s one of the first physical movements that we commit to memory in gym class of elementary school. There are many variations in what is perceived to be proper technique while stretching, from the insistence on short more challenging bursts of muscle lengthening to extended holds of gradually increased difficulty.
While a new student could easily mistake Feldenkrais movements as stretching, and they wouldn’t be completely wrong. Both activities are aimed toward loosening and strengthening muscles, but arrive at that destination in different ways. Stretching, while made more complex, sometimes unnecessarily so by machines, bands, or routines, often is focused on one muscle or extremity at a time. We stretch our hamstrings. We stretch our calves. We stretch our groin. If undertaken with proper care, a good stretch routine before athletic activity or even just to start the day can be extremely beneficial in alleviating soreness, promoting recovery, and avoiding injury.
On the other hand, Feldenkrais, Aikido, Judo and other movement principles taught at Feldenkrais San Diego provide a wider perspective on physical health and flexibility in particular. Mindful movement study and practice takes into account connections both physical and mental between parts of the body and states of mind. Delving into one of these schools of thought helps the unify one’s moving self and thus, allow for more fluidity and comfort in motion.
Anyone, skilled athletes and those us who have hung up our cleats, can enjoy the benefits of increased flexibility, comfort, and range of motion. Movement coursework offered that addresses these in particular are: