Multiple Sclerosis & the Feldenkrais Method: a potential for change
Free Lecture by Roger Russell, world expert in the neuoroscience of MS and the Feldenkrais Method
There lies hidden beneath the complex and often confusing symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis an unrecognised potential for learning and development. In this evening lecture, Roger Russell will present ideas about the neurology of MS and how the Feldenkrais Method can help reorganise neurological functioning. This lecture is aimed at people living with MS as well as those interested in the Feldenkrais Method.
Roger Russell is a movement scientist, physical therapist and Feldenkrais trainer, and has worked with people with MS since 1984. He lead a research project in Germany concerning Feldenkrais and MS from 1989 – 1993. Since then he has led advanced trainings for Feldenkrais teachers who work with MS.
This lecture marks the start of the first advanced training in Scotland for Feldenkrais Practitioners working with people with MS.
Advantages of the Feldenkrais Method for people living with MS
The Feldenkrais Method offers:
- the opportunity to explore and develop yourself. It is a learning process, not a therapy which is ‘done to’ you
- tools for improving all aspects of co-ordination and balance, walking, breathing and more
- learning on how to deal differently with spasticity
- the chance to learn how to sense yourself more clearly
More about the Method
The Feldenkrais Method gives us an opportunity to explore how we can effectively use the resources we have to live better, move better, sense our bodies more clearly. There are two techniques:
- Group work or ‘Awareness Through Movement’ lessons:
In these lessons, you are invited to direct your awareness to different parts of your body and to engage in an exploration of a particular movement ‘theme’, for example, how the spine moves, how we use our eyes, our tongue etc. Your are invited to notice what happens while you move? What is easier? What is more simple and which feels most optimal to you?
This gives you the opportunity to carry this knowledge into your everyday life.
- One-to-one work or ‘Functional Integration’
The one-to-one form works with the same principles but uses touch. The touch invites your awareness to specific areas of the body in a way which provides great clarity.
Roger Russell, M.A., PT., enjoyed his Feldenkrais training with Moshé Feldenkrais in San Francisco, Amherst and Israel (1975-1982). A movement scientist, physical therapist and Feldenkrais trainer, he is co-director of the Feldenkrais-Zentrum in Heidelberg, Germany. He is author of two books in German about the Feldenkrais Method. Since 1975, when he first met Moshé, he has been intrigued by the network of ideas, including neuroscience, which stands behind the practical methods that Feldenkrais developed. He is one of the initiators of the Feldenkrais Science Network and a leading participant in the FGNA/FEFNA symposia Movement and the Development of Sense of Self (2004) and Embodying Neuroscience (2012).
More info about the Feldenkrais Method here:
UK Feldenkrais Guild: http://feldenkrais.co.uk/
Heidelberg Feldenkrais Centre: http://www.feldenkraiszentrum-hd.de/de/
This event is organised by Gillian Allan and Alison McGillivray, Scotland-based Feldenkrais Practitioners
image © Roger Russell, Susanne Mertner, 2013
photo of Roger Russell by Barbara Hohenadl