Here is a favorite quote from Feldenkrais:
"The dependence relationship in which we are given a sweet if we are good girls and boys, in which we have to acquire the right to live by complying with somebody else's desires, must be completely eliminated before a society of creative and evolving beings will be formed."
--- Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais from The Potent Self: A study of Spontaneity and Compulsion
This is why I love The Feldenkrais Method. A person is never treated as a symptom nor as a set of parts. We do not look at a person and think, "If A hurts then do B". We certainly consider a person's pain, but we explore how that pain fits in to their overall organization and functioning. When someone's lower back hurts you must look at the organization of the pelvis, the spine and head, their hip joints and even how they stand on their feet. And each individual's organization is going to be unique, so their path forward will also be unique. This approach is more complex and doesn't always yield simple answers. But it does give an opportunity for lasting and profound change in someone's organization and greater freedom in their movement.
When we approach the body as an "if...then" statement our understanding will be limited; if we approach the individual as a complex, integrated whole we arrive at a fuller and more satisfying place.
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