Movement Therapies: How Feldenkrais, Assisted Stretching and Yoga Therapy Can Support Your Wellbeing

The body is complex and can easily shift out of alignment. Subtle physical changes that arise from stress, negative feelings, and improper posture can cause lingering problems that sometimes seem completely unrelated to the original stimulus. If you’re struggling with pain, inflexibility, fatigue, or other physical ailments, it’s likely from a variety of factors that each contributed in a unique way to create your symptom. Consequently, practitioners that understand the connection between movement and other aspects of health, like consciousness/mindfulness and neurological habits can be very helpful.

Feldenkrais, assisted stretching, and yoga therapy are all movement therapies aimed at improving physical health, but each maintains its own unique framework. In this post, we’ll walk you through the characteristics of each one.

Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais method uses gentle guided movement and increased sense perception to train the brain to establish better habits. This method will help you release tension and increase your range of motion, with the goal of creating sustainable change so that you can live more comfortably. As Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the Feldenkrais method said, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies, but flexible brains.” Feldenkrais is not concerned with intense physical manipulation, but with habit forming, increasing awareness, and guiding the body to find what’s right.

The Feldenkrais method can be accessed in two ways—either through group classes, which are called Awareness Through Movement lessons, or through one-on-one sessions with an instructor.

Assisted Stretching

As with many self-care techniques, motivation and consistent practice is the key determinant of success. With stretching, motivation is especially challenging because it is sometimes uncomfortable, can take significant energy, and may be difficult to get into the right postures. Stretching is incredibly useful and keeps you feeling youthful, so if you’re unmotivated to stretch yourself, have limited experience, or feel like someone guiding you is important, assisted stretching is a wonderful option. In this bodywork technique, a practitioner will help guide your body to the stretches you need to feel more flexible, buoyant, and overall comfortable in your body.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is the one-on-one application of the principles and techniques of yoga, an ancient holistic health system. Yoga therapy practitioners guide their patients to the right physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation to address a variety of concerns with both the mind and body. Because of its holistic approach, the benefits of yoga therapy can include stress reduction, strengthening, relaxation, spiritual connection, and mental clarity.

Caring for your physical health is one of the core aspects of self-care. If your body isn’t feeling like it should, and you think any of these therapies has the potential to help you, take a look at Tribe’s practitioner directory.

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