Washington Post Health Section: “A different way to relieve years of back pain.”

Students roll from side to side.
Students in the Feldenkrais class are rolling from side to side, limbering up their backs — and their brains.

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in the Health and Science Section, the Washington Post ran a great article about the Feldenkrais Method.  It was written by their staff writer Lisa Rein. She describes her decades-long suffering from back pain, disappointment with the many modalities that she tried and recent relief through Feldenkrais. The article is richly illustrated. Here is the link: “A different way to relieve years of back pain?”

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If you want to print the article, here it is as a pdf, without the photos. The story was originally published online on September 27, 2018:
PDF: “A different way to relieve years of back pain”.

NPR: Helping the back by improving how you sit

To Fix that Pain in your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit

NPR. August 13, 2018. Michaeleen Doucleff

Man sits at loom and weaves
Excellent posture while sitting makes it possible for this Indian man to work as his loom, every day, without back pain.

NPR reporter Michaeleen Doucleff went on an interview assignment in California. She got her story and was surprised also to get a lot of personal benefit.

Michaeleen had been suffering for ten years from chronic back pain while sitting. She learned that the pain didn’t come only from sitting too much, but more so from how she was sitting.

It turns out — she was slouching! Not intentionally, but she was letting her back round into a “C” — or a cashew nut.  It is not good for her, or any of us. The article goes into nice detail about the mechanics of sitting like this, and especially the damage to the inter-vertebral disks. By contrast, the weaver above works all day in comfort — because his sitting is upright and active.

In the News: Jane Brody of the NYT writes about the Feldenkrais Method

Those of us who have felt the benefit of Feldenkrais often feel frustrated when trying to share our experience with others. That is because Feldenkrais is hard to describe!

We are fortunate to now have on our side Jane Brody of the New York Times. Since 1976 Jane has been the personal health columnist for The Times. On Monday, October 30, 2017 she shared in her column her delight in trying Feldenkrais for the first time. Looking for help for her own recurrent back pain, and on the recommendation of Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, author of Crooked, Jane went to the Feldenkrais Institute of New York and had two sessions. It really worked for her. She wrote that afterwards she felt so comfortable and light it was like walking on air.

Here is the link:

Jane Brody of the NYT writes about Feldenkrais