Feldenkrais and Walking
Walking is one of the most significant physical milestones we reach as a toddler. At that second, it’s the most difficult challenge a little mind can imagine.
Somewhere between those first staggering steps and where we stand today, that complexity has been lost on us. We simply glide through life, mindlessly utilizing breathtakingly beautiful symmetry-in-motion, an anatomically wondrous mechanical progression of limbs, bones, and muscle that seems to power and stop itself without the need for even a moment of consideration by the operator.
One can only truly understand the significance of the human stride once it’s been altered or taken from us by chronic pain, stiffness, or any number of other physical ailments. As easy as walking may be on our minds, it requires the entire body to work in unison, and can quickly become a burdensome activity when one part of the mechanism falters.
Part of the simple yet impactful approach of the Feldenkrais Method involves assessing and relearning our most basic movements, like walking, in order to feel more comfortable in our own bodies and live with more balance and grace.
Basic body principles like balance, transfer of energy, and posture are all incorporated within the movements needed to walk from point A to point B and beyond, making Feldenkrais a perfect addition to any casual walker or cardio champ’s training routine.