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  Maureen McHugh, Feldenkrais Practitioner       Who Can Benefit?                     703-751-2111

Q: Who can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method?
A: Potentially, everyone.
Q: Will the Feldenkrais Method be good for me?
A: You can only know by trying.
Q: What will make me want to try it?
A: Other people have been helped. Perhaps it will work for you, too.


    Within the context of being "potentially good for every one," most people who seek out the Feldenkrais Method have a specific, compelling reason, or several of them. These usually include that the person has already tried other, more familiar approaches and has received some benefit and not yet received all the benefit that he or she wishes to receive and believes is possible.

The most common reasons that people have come to my practice are because they are seeking:

                            1. Relief from pain
                            2. To avoid surgery
                            3. To recover from injury
                            4. To maximize quality of life while living with a neurological condition
                            5. To recover from stroke, or other brain injury
                            6. To improve quality of life
                            7. To improve performance
                            8. To increase self-awareness.


Category Description Case Studies

1. Relief from pain

You can get Relief from Pain in any of the body parts: neck, back, foot, hand, etc. You can get this relief following a great variety of incidents.

A Good Shoulder Again
Journey of the New Me

The Vacation Story
Hands and Shoulders

2. To avoid surgery

When you are motivated to Avoid Surgery, the Feldenkrais Method is an important option for you to explore. It is most likely to be effective when the problem, which appears to be only local, is not. Instead, it is the logical outcome of a sub-optimal, system-wide pattern.

Left Ankle
"Puma Power" in 2001A January

Rotator Cuff

3. To recover from injury

A. RSI. Repetitive stress injuries, especially to the hands and arms, are one of our most common, contemporary physical injuries. Feldenkrais helps you to recover from these by looking at the broader picture of the cause of the injury. By improving your entire use-of-self, you set yourself on the road to recovery, and to improvement beyond the level of your starting condition.


A. Accidents.  Car accidents, sports injuries, and work injuries have in common a sudden, violent trauma to your body and entire self. To recover, one has to address the specific local pain sites as well as the overall pattern of holding. I have addressed this holding pattern in an essay in my September 2002 Newsletter: "The War is Over." 2002D September


4. To maximize your quality of life while living with a neurological condition

When you are living with a Neurological Condition, Feldenkrais does not, of course, cure the fundamental problem. But it helps you to optimize what you have, which may be more than you think. It also includes you in a community of people who are interested in continually learning.

MS, & Connecting

5. To recover from stroke or other brain injury

Feldenkrais can help you recover from a stroke or other brain injury. We help you regain sensory awareness and re-activate movement patterns that were disrupted by the injury to the brain.


6. To improve quality of life

A. Reducing stress. Too much sitting! Too much driving! Too many things to do! Feldenkrais helps you center yourself, re-enter your body, and shift your focus to enlivening movement.


B. Better Posture. The main cause of poor posture is hunching, which makes you shorter. Feldenkrais helps you to unkink habitual tensions and, often, you become taller in the process. You also may become stronger.

L Turner in 2001C July
D Cochrane in 2001C July

C. Personal Discoveries. You may begin your Feldenkrais study with with one goal and gain that, and, in addition, other benefits that are unpredictable and very personal to you.

Huge Difference
Just a Small Pain
Short Takes
B Davis in 2001C July

D. Expand! your Repertoire. You can improve your quality of life by expanding your repertoire.

 The First Time

7. To improve performance

A. By improving your balance.

 My Balance

B. By improving how you relate to a musical instrument.

 Piano Plus

C. By improving how you sit, sleep, walk, run, ski, skate, etc.


8. To increase self-awareness

A long time ago Socrates advised man to Know Thyself. This Method is part of that tradition.


Case Studies