This series on chronic pain is a special one. People always ask me how I got into the Feldenkrais Method®, and it was through my own lifelong chronic pain. For many years I found myself turning in circles looking for solutions. I'd tried many doctors, therapies, and methods. I read widely, and in one of the books I read I found this quote:
"PAIN is an opinion on the organism's state of health rather than a reflexive response to injury."
This gave me a glimmer of understanding that my pain was not based on injury per se, but on a perception. Pain is both subjective and objective. It is an interesting metaphysical, emotional, physical, and psychological confluence. And it is never the same for any two people.
Feldenkrais uses mindfulness to open up a non-judgmental inquiry. As I discovered over twenty years ago, an awareness of new possibilities can help unravel pain.
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easing chronic pain part 1
1 Save your hips by sliding the legs, 33 min
2 Easier turning by softening the ribs, 24 min
3 How to roll to the side, 42 min
4 Roll the head for a flexible neck, 27 min
5 Side bend to a more flexible spine, 46 min
how to approach chronic pain, 8 min
why these lessons are important, 2 min
easing chronic pain part 2
6 How to take a natural breath, 29 min
7 Let go of tension for easy breathing, 33 min
8 Arm lifting by lengthening the torso, 35 min
9 Organize the back for easier walking, 44 min
10 Easier torso movement by pressing the pelvis, 22 min
resiliency and breath, 2 min
learning from experience, 2 min