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  Maureen McHugh, Feldenkrais Practitioner         Repetitive Stress Injury               703-751-2111

 

Using the Feldenkrais Method to Relieve Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI)

Repetitive Stress Injury is a common occurrence today with so much use of the computer. Once the problem sets in, it is very difficult to get rid of, largely because you have to keep using your hands on the computer, and, also, in the myriad tasks of daily living.

Improvement can come about through steady participation in the Feldenkrais Method. The combination of individual and group sessions is the best approach.

All the principles of Feldenkrais apply. You need to relax. You need to pay more attention to your body. You need to learn more about how the use of the hand and arm is related to "good partnerships" in the neck, shoulders, and rest of the body. You need to attend to breathing  -- you have to breathe even while typing! You need a greater variety of movement patterns in your life.

A Princeton professor, Sanjeev Arora, has written a great description on his web site of his RSI healing journey through Feldenkrais. He says,

"This is what cured me, and what I recommend the most for chronic RSI problems."

He gives an extensive report, so it takes a little time to follow all the details. But don't worry! Your time is well spent -- he tells it well.

1. If you follow this link, you will come to Sanjeev Arora's home page. You see his picture.

2. Scroll down a little and you will see a section "Random Links" and within that a link to "My experiences with RSI" Here he details the various books, equipment and treatment and training modalities that he explored.

3. A second link in that Random Links opening sentence is for "Feldenkrais FAQ"  It details his experiences with Feldenkrais specifically: