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Attentional Focus in Motor Learning, the Feldenkrais Method, and Mindful Movement

Perceptual and Motor Skills, Volume: 123 issue: 1, August 7, 2016

Josef Mattes, University of Vienna, Austria

https://dokumen.tips/amp/documents/attentional-focus-in-motor-learning-the-feldenkrais-mattespdfmattespercmotskills-acceptedpdfattentional.html

The present paper discusses attentional focus in motor learning and performance from the point of view of mindful movement practices, taking as a starting point the Feldenkrais method. It is argued that earlier criticism of the Feldenkrais method  ... turns out to be unfounded in light of recent developments in the study of motor learning and performance. Conversely, the examples of the Feldenkrais method and Ki-Aikido are used to illustrate how both Western and Eastern (martial arts derived) mindful movement practices might benefit sports psychology.

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Perceptual and Motor Skills by Josef Mattes On Attentional Focus in Motor Learning, the Feldenkrais Method, and Mindful Movement states that Moshe Feldenkrais, mindful movement practices might benefit sports psychology.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest, better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple

EXERCISES BASED ON NEUROPLASTICITY PRINCIPLES INCREASE MOBILITY IN ELITE SENIOR FOOTBALL PLAYERS

Conference: 8th International Scientific Conference on Kinesiology, 2017, At Opatija, Croatia

Krešimir Šoš,  Filip Bolčević,  Vladimir Medved​,  University of Zagreb

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317339829_EXERCISES_BASED_ON_NEUROPLASTICITY_PRINCIPLES_INCREASE_MOBILITY_IN_ELITE_SENIOR_FOOTBALL_PLAYERS

To achieve adequate range of movement in joints is an important determinant of training status in football. It enables a biomechanically correct performance of certain movement structures and contributes to the prevention of sports injuries. The Feldenkrais method offers the possibility of learning and optimization of movement, which, consequently, through inhibition of redundant muscular activity may enable an increase in the range of movement (ROM). ... The goal of this research has been to compare and quantify the influence of work according to Feldenkrais method and classic stretching exercises on ROM in top-level football players. ... Group I practiced Feldenkrais method and had an average initial value of Reach 1=0.57±11.4 cm, and of final Reach 2=6.1±10 cm.

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Kinesiology by University of Zagreb On EXERCISES BASED ON NEUROPLASTICITY PRINCIPLES states that Feldenkrais method offers the possibility of learning and optimization of movement.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple sclerosis, CP, cerebral palsy, scoliosis,

The Feldenkrais Method: A Dynamic Approach to Changing Motor Behavior

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport ©2001 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Vol. 72, No. 4

Patricia A. Buchanan and Beverly D. Ulrich

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.468.2628&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Also published in the IFF Research Journal:  http://iffresearchjournal.org/de/system/files/10PatBuchananEnglishVersion.pdf

The Feldenkrais Method was designed as an approach to changing and improving motor behavior over time—or simply, motor development—whether within a single session or over years of training. We believe this method is based on plausible tenets, made more intriguing by the many similarities to the principles of a popular contemporary theory—dynamic systems theory.

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Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport by Patricia A. Buchanan On Feldenkrais Method: A Dynamic Approach to Changing Motor Behavior states Feldenkrais Method was designed as an approach to changing and improving motor behavior.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS,

Facilitating Cervical Flexion Using a Feldenkrais Method: Awareness through Movement

Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy,  Vol 16, July 1992

Suzanne Ruth, MS, PT,  Sam Kegerreis, MS, PT, ACT

http://www.jospt.org/doi/pdf/10.2519/jospt.1992.16.1.25

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) methods can benefit anyone, even skilled athletes.  ...  This study provides data that support assertions that immediate physical and perceptual changes can be effected with the use of Feldenkrais ATM sequences. The ATM sequence studied was shown not only to increase the range of movement in a neck flexion task, but also to decrease the perceived effort required to perform this task in normal subjects

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy by Suzanne Ruth On Cervical Flexion Using a Feldenkrais Method: Awareness through Movement states physical and perceptual changes effected with Feldenkrais ATM.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple sclerosis, CP, cerebral

Lengthening the Hamstring Muscles Without Stretching Using “Awareness Through Movement”

Physical Therapy, Volume 86, Issue 12, 1 December 2006,

James Stephens, Joshua Davidson, Joseph DeRosa, Michael Kriz, Nicole Saltzman

https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/86/12/1641/2805079

Passive stretching is widely used to increase muscle flexibility, but it has been shown that this process does not produce long-term changes in the viscoelastic properties of muscle as originally thought. The authors tested a method of lengthening hamstring muscles called “Awareness Through Movement” (ATM) that does not use passive stretching.  ... Hamstring muscle length was measured before and after intervention using the Active Knee Extension Test. Results. The ATM group gained significantly more hamstring muscle length (+7.04°) compared with the control group (+1.15°). Discussion and Conclusions. The results suggest that muscle length can be increased through a process of active movement that does not involve stretching. Further research is needed to investigate this finding.

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Sports Physical Therapy by James Stephens On Hamstring Muscles Without Stretching Using “Awareness Through Movement states hamstring muscles called Awareness Through Movement.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple sclerosis, CP, cerebral palsy, scoliosis.

Slow Movement with Awareness: Better than Exercise?

Psychology Today, July 2010

Alan Fogel, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/body-sense/201007/slow-movement-awareness-better-exercise

There is mounting evidence that slow movement, with body sense awareness, has astounding health benefits by itself and in combination with regular exercise routines. ... Aside from the legacy slow movement practices of yoga, tai chi, qi gong, aikido, and others, there are many movement practices, a few of which are mentioned here, that were developed in the 20th century and that also lend themselves to similar psychophysiological effects. Moshe Feldenkrais invented a system of body movement education-the Feldenkrais method-that reawakens, develops, and organizes capacities for kinesthetic (sensorimotor) learning. Whereas children before the age of three learn movements by relying on their sensorimotor experience, older children and adults in technological cultures often behave according to social expectations, distancing themselves from their bodily feelings. Feldenkrais "Awareness through Movement" classes teach moving with awareness and ease.

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Psychology Today by Alan Fogel On Slow Movement with Awareness states Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement classes teach moving with awareness and ease.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple sclerosis, CP, cerebral palsy, scoliosis, improved athletic

The effects of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement on hamstring length, flexibility, and perceived exertion

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, October 1999

C. Hopper, G. S. Kolt, J. C. McConville

La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3083 Australia

https://www.academia.edu/33489355/The_effects_of_Feldenkrais_awareness_through_movement_on_hamstring_length_flexibility_and_perceived_exertion?auto=download

Although the Feldenkrais Method is rapidly gaining popularity among health professionals, only a small body of empirical research has documented its efficacy. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effects of the Feldenkrais Method on flexibility, perceived exertion and hamstring length. In Study 1, 79 healthy participants undertook measurements of flexibility (sit and reach test), perceived exertion (Borg's Rating of Perceived Exertion 6-20) and hamstring length (active knee extension test) prior to being randomly allocated into a Feldenkrais or control group.The same measurements were taken after the group intervention (a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson, or control procedure). Although the Feldenkrais participants improved significantly more in sit and reach measurements than their control counterparts, no differences between the groups were found for measures of perceived exertion or hamstring length.

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Bodywork and Movement Therapies by C. Hopper, G. S. Kolt On Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement on hamstring length states Feldenkrais participants improved significantly.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple sclerosis, CP, cerebral palsy, scoliosis.

Electromyographic Activity of Trunk Musculature During a Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement Lesson

Isokinetics and Exercise Science. 1(4): 216-221, 1991 - Only the abstract is available for review (unless purchase the article)

Brown, Elaine, Kegerreis, Samuel

Affiliations: University of Indianapolis

https://content.iospress.com/articles/isokinetics-and-exercise-science/ies1-4-07

The purpose of this investigation is (1) to determine if a Feldenkrais awareness through movement technique creates a measurable physiological change in muscular activity, (2) to determine if there is a perceptual recognition of a physiological change, and (3) to determine if perceptual recognition may be induced as a result of suggestion, imagery, and visualization. The results support the following conclusions: (1) the Feldenkrais method produces a change in the amount of muscular activity as measured by EMG required to perform a movement task; (2) a perceptual recognition of the change in muscular activity is produced; and (3) this perceptual recognition of change is not the direct result of the use of suggestion, imagery, and visualization. This study supports the use of the Feldenkrais Method clinically for increasing attention to posturing, movements, and changes in muscular activity with movements.

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Isokinetics and Exercise by Elaine Brown. on Trunk Musculature During a Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement Lesson states Feldenkrais Method clinically for increasing attention to posturing, movements.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple sclerosis, CP.

2 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Nordic Skiing

Online Blog - by Cross Country Ski Technique

http://crosscountryskitechnique.com/2-unconventional-ways-to-improve-your-nordic-skiing/

Try the Feldenkrais Method to Improve Coordination. Here’s a typical list of things you need to work on if you want to be a faster nordic skier:

Aerobic Capacity, Strength, including explosive strength, Speed, Agility, Flexibility and Balance. There’s one item, not on that list, that I think is most important for learning to ski well: Body Awareness. ... The Feldenkrais Method ...  is all about improving coordination using small, exploratory movements that our brain finds interesting and non-threatening.

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Is the Feldenkrais Method® the Missing Link in Mind-Body Fitness?

IDEA Fitness Journal

Mind-Body Wellness Review, 2016

Valerie Grant, Oct. 2016

http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/is-the-feldenkrais-methodreg-the-missing-link-in-mind-body-fitness

Activity coupled with attention leads to efficiency. If we don't pay attention to what we’re doing, there can be serious ramifications. Just think how important attentive driving is! In terms of movement efficiency, the Feldenkrais Method may be the “missing link” in the mind-body conversation. As a fitness or wellness professional, you may find that integrating elements of Feldenkrais lessons into your teaching can help your clients and class participants to move more efficiently and to make better progress.

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in IDEA Fitness by Valerie Grant. on Feldenkrais Method Missing Link in Mind-Body Fitness states integrating elements of Feldenkrais lessons into your teaching.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple sclerosis, CP, cerebral palsy, scoliosis, improved athletic.

How to use Feldenkrais Technique to Free up Your Yoga Part 1: Twisting [text with video]

The Yoga Lunchbox, online website articles, APRIL 28, 2015

KARA-LEAH GRANT 

https://theyogalunchbox.co.nz/how-to-use-feldenkrais-technique-to-free-up-your-yoga-part-1-twisting/

I first came across Feldenkrais in a yoga teacher ... Now that I’ve been practicing yoga for almost two decades, I’ve also become very interested in how the body opens up, or doesn’t open up. From my own experience I can see that it’s not a simple equation of doing x, y, or z posture enough times and achieving your optimum range of movement. I’ve discovered that there are many variables to increasing flexibility or ease within postures ...  I’d always thought that finding greater freedom in a reclining twist was a matter of effort, of finding the stretch and release.  However, through this technique I can see that sometimes it’s about training the body to move in different ways. It’s about working with the nervous system and the origins of movement.

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Yoga Lunchbox by KARA-LEAH GRANT. on Feldenkrais Technique to Free up Your Yoga states Feldenkrais in a yoga teacher interested in how the body opens up.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple sclerosis, CP, cerebral palsy, scoliosis, improved athletic.

Can Better Body Awareness Improve Your Workout?

Psychology Today, December 2017

Pirkko Markula, Ph.D.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fit-femininity/201712/can-better-body-awareness-improve-your-workout

Body awareness, aka the sensitivity to one’s body’s internal sensations, is at the core of many body-mind therapies or movement forms, such as yoga, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Tai Chi, and Pilates. While we can practice body awareness in these types of classes, why not have it inform all of our exercise practices — or even our everyday movement experiences. This means paying more attention to how we perform exercises. To do this, we can add a few small pointers to our workouts: Perform each exercise at a slower pace to carefully observe each part of the exercise. This strategy helps to employ both the concentric phase — muscle contracts while working — and eccentric phase — muscle lengthens while working — of each exercise. 

Feldenkrais Toronto West recognizes that the article in Psychology Today by Pirkko Markula. on Better Body Awareness Improve Your Workout states Feldenkrais in a yoga teacher paying more attention to how we perform exercises.  Feldenkrais Toronto West Sue Seto offers mindfulness Awareness Through Movement classes, Functional Integration lessons and workshops in somatic education, neuromuscular re-education, neuroplasticity. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais Method provides health movement education learning based pain management back, knee, shoulder, neck, hip, feet, chest. Better balance and mobility, arthritis, fall prevention, recovery of injuries, stroke, concussion, surgery. Feldenkrais for Bones Toronto helps arthritis and increase bone density with Bone Fit, Too Fit to Fracture and Bones for Life. Feldenkrais Method benefits are reduce anxiety, trauma, neurological movement disorders, Parkinson’s, EDS, ehlers-danlos, MS, multiple sclerosis, CP, cerebral palsy, scoliosis, improve.

Effectiveness of the Feldenkrais method in rehabilitation of scapular dyskinesias in high level swimmers

MINISTRY OF HEALTH, LORRAINE REGION, LORRAIN INSTITUTE FOR TRAINING IN NANCY MASSO-KINESITHERAPY
Brief presented by Lise Pommier, student in 3rd year of massage physiotherapy, with a view to obtaining the Masseur-Kinesitherapist State Diploma.
Promotion 2013-2016.  In French - Google can translate.

http://memoires.kine-nancy.eu/pommier2016.pdf

This study is one of the first of its kind, and is a preliminary to further work on the effectiveness of the method Feldenkrais in high level swimmers. Positioning and mobility of the scapula on shoulder pain appear to be very sensitive to muscle imbalances, but there is also a predominant proprioceptive component in the appearance of these troubles. Despite the constitutive biases of this study, we find that the method Feldenkrais allows an awareness by the subject of these imbalances, and therefore a overall improvement in pain phenomena. We also see a sensation general well-being in these swimmers who last a few days after the session. Future studies will be needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais method in the longer-term reeducation of swimmers. We also think it would be interesting to study the effectiveness of the method in the search for performance improvement by
a work of movements and their fluidity.

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