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Click the questions to open and close answers from Nick Strauss-Klein, creator and voice of The Feldenkrais Project.

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  • Nick Strauss-Klein
    Nick Strauss-Klein
    March 7, 2019 11:27 am

    Do you have another basic question about the Feldenkrais Project not answered above? Post it here! Or use Contact Us under the About menu, above.

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  • Looking for a lesson for anxiety. Can’t afford anything.

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      August 19, 2019 11:12 am

      Hello! Our website is designed to be used and shared even if you lack funds. All Feldenkrais lessons will quiet the nervous system and address the anxiety pattern, but it’s nice to find ones that are particularly accessible or potent for this purpose. I recommend using the lesson search bar (homepage, below the collection buttons) to look for “breathing”. The top two results are a great place to start. Also collection 1, number 1, and begin working your way through the lessons, skipping (for now) any lesson that you can’t make pleasant for yourself within 10 minutes of the start of the lesson.

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  • I’m new to the Feldenkrais project. I know that strength is not the intended result, but if I substitute the Feldenkrais exercises for yoga will I lose muscle strength?
    I find I prefer it because it’s too easy to strain a muscle in yoga – but I need to maintain strong back muscles particularly. Thank you.

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      September 25, 2019 4:51 pm

      Welcome! This is a great question. You’re right that Feldenkrais isn’t a replacement for traditional exercise, but it can make us stronger: when we’re better organized for the movements we intend, we can deliver force more efficiently and powerfully.

      For your muscle strength question, it depends on what kind of yoga practice you do, but perhaps in the short term you could do less yoga and substitute more of another physical activity you enjoy, something as simple as walking or biking or swimming. As you get better organized through Feldenkrais study, you may enjoy returning to yoga with a new awareness, and find yourself less likely to strain.

      Finally I would add that there are Feldenkrais lessons which stimulate muscle strength in a more traditional way (in addition to the neuromuscular learning that is the primary goal). For example, check out the Spine Like a Chain lessons in our collection Lessons for Freeing the Spine, Chest, Shoulders, and Neck.

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  • Hello Nick I really enjoy doing Feldenkrais and am very grateful for your audio lessons!! I was wondering if you have any tips. Sometimes when I do the lesson I get very drowsy and my mind starts to wander of or fall half asleep and I cant seem to feel resting as to actually feel hahah. Do you have any tips how to deal with this?

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      January 14, 2020 1:50 pm

      Studying Feldenkrais is like holding up a powerful mirror to yourself: it will tend to show you how you’re really feeling! With that in mind, it may simply be that you’re needing some more rest. That said, there’s another element, too: our lessons are designed to move your brain as far as possible from flight-or-flight mode and into rest-recharge-learn mode, where we’re more capable of lasting neuroplastic change. Getting a bit drowsy or drifty during the process is normal! It’s ok to take a break, rest/doze for a while, and resume the recording (or rewind). Even if you feel like you’re a little dreamy, you’ll still be learning. As an example: drifty, dreamy, pre-verbal, non-intellectual babies are doing the most substantial neuroplastic learning of their lives! They’re not concerned with maintaining a sharp adult consciousness as they move and explore, and we don’t have to be either!

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        Daniel Schmitz
        January 1, 2021 5:30 pm

        Thank you for your initiating question and response comment. They create context for my question. I, too, have at times fallen asleep during a lesson. For me, I know this is an outcome of simply being tired. My question (hopefully Nick is listening) is about lesson length. Many lessons are about 60 minutes in length. I’m curious about the shorter-length lessons. Can you help me understand the difference in impact/benefit when comparing short versus long-form sessions. This will help me approach the task of lesson choice. Thank you 🙂

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        • Nick Strauss-Klein
          Nick Strauss-Klein
          January 3, 2021 3:03 pm

          Like all things in real human learning, the optimal lesson length really depends on the individual, and their state in the current moment. Comfort and honest curiosity are the best guide. If either is diminishing, you won’t be learning too much if you choose to “stick it out” through the end of the lesson.

          I enjoy the hour-long format because I really like to make time for a full scan at the beginning, and lots of rests and variations, plus a little discussion. And an hour happens to work well for my own ATM learning most times. For me there’s a fullness, a deep-dive about it that I don’t usually feel from shorter lessons.

          That said, there’s a lot of consensus that 45 minutes is a really good lesson length for most people most of the time, so I assume people will “rest out” of some parts of my hour-long classes as needed, or even pause and return to a lesson (that’s discussed in the FAQ above).

          Shorter lessons can be great, too, especially if doing them gets someone studying when an hour is unavailable, or feels like too much.

          In the long term, engaging in ATM study can be a moment or a few minutes of literal “awareness through movement”: turning a household task into a lesson by slowing down and paying attention, for example. I dip into ATM thinking all the time. Life is an ongoing Feldenkrais lesson, if we listen closely to ourselves.

          And…I also crave getting down on the floor for a formal lesson (whether it’s 20, 40, or 60 minutes) whenever I can.

          Hope that helps! Feel free to follow up.

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  • Wow! What an amazing resource! Thank you!

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    • Oops! Sent too soon… I had open heart surgery and during the recovery I believe my posture of protecting my sternum led to frozen shoulder, so my once flexible yoga body has discomfort almost at all times in many places- which led me to Feldenkreis! I’m pretty new to this and would love to know any experience of others with complicated issues such as this. Can I hope one day to get my flexibility back and be pain-free? I’m going in with an open mind but just super curious of your insights with others who have been cracked down the middle or any suggestions you may have to be aware of. 🙂

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      • Nick Strauss-Klein
        Nick Strauss-Klein
        March 15, 2020 6:30 am

        There are amazing stories of ease and improvement throughout the Feldenkrais learning world, having come in all kinds of situations. I’m guessing you’ve heard some already and that may be part of why you’re here? The important thing is to remember that you’re teaching yourself a process of self-care and self-learning. It’s designed to improve all aspects of human function, so in time I believe you’ll begin to find what you’re looking for. Along the way you’ll probably also find a lot of other interesting, pleasant things. Learning isn’t linear, and it’s not a fix or cure but a way forward that we’re promoting. Curiosity and a healthy self-exploration process can work wonders.

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    Isabelle Waters
    October 24, 2020 8:52 pm

    Curiosity regarding Feldenkrais and Sleep

    Dear Nick,

    Firstly, thank you for developing and making this resource available – I am now a regular student and patron.

    I have been practicing for several months now. In this time, I have noticed my sleep has become more and more disrupted. I wake more frequently, and when I do, I find myself in unusual and awkward positions. For example, I woke to find my head bent almost at a right angle, as if I was rehearsing or mirroring a class. Sometimes it’s as though I am ‘improvising’ Feldenkrais in my sleep. Another curiosity is that these positions are often paradoxically comfortable, but feel strange/foreign at the same time, as if someone else as put me in them..

    On the one hand, this is of great interest, to observe my movement changing unconsciously. But on the other hand, I find I am less comfortable getting asleep than I used to be, and have started to dislike soft beds or ‘sleeping’ positions. It’s as though I want to be moving in my sleep, which in turn wakes me up, and then struggle to find a comfortable position once I’m awake..

    I’m wondering if you have some comments or insights into this and or any resources that I could read about neuroplasticity and sleep.. Very general questions I know. I have read Norman Doidge and am starting to read some of Feldenkrais’ writings, but I feel that the relationship between sleep and practice is somehow neglected(?)

    I look forward to your response.

    Isabelle

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    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      Nick Strauss-Klein
      October 25, 2020 2:48 pm

      Dear Isabelle,

      This is a fascinating description of an interesting phenomenon. Sorry to hear your rest is a bit disturbed right now, but I’m happy to hear your nuance and curiosity about the issue. I think that shows that a process is underway which will continue to shift things, hopefully for the better soon!

      I have experienced and frequently heard of sleep quality changing as people dive into Feldenkrais study, but in truth it’s usually on the improvement spectrum, so I don’t have a lot of experience with questions like yours. I’m asking myself now: if sleep usually changes, what’s to say it shouldn’t be unstable for a period in the process? Processes of change and learning are by nature unstable.

      I really resonate with your line about “paradoxically comfortable…strange/foreign” positions: I do remember waking up with that feeling in my early Feldenkrais studies, and I’ve heard others describe it too. We are capable of resting in all sorts of unusual positions outside of cultural sleep norms. (As you may have caught in some lessons I often ask students to picture the crazy positions house cats can sleep in when we’re looking for rests within a lesson.)

      Your sense that your bed is too soft and your old go-to sleeping positions aren’t quite appropriate right now also resonates. Both may simply be true, and maybe you haven’t found reliable alternatives yet. I regularly recommend to students, friends, and family to move in the direction of firmer beds over time. I believe it’s easier and healthier to move naturally in our sleep when we’re not being swallowed up by softness.

      All of this is to say I don’t have a lot of direct help to offer, but I do think your process fits in neuroplastic norms. The best, most direct Feldenkrais resource I know (I’ve used it myself) is Michael Krugman’s Sounder Sleep. Maybe give that a try.

      I also expect this will continue to shift and change and that a kind of equilibrium will come eventually, and I hope you can rest well soon! Please feel free to be back in touch and let me know how it’s going.

      Thanks for listening, and for your Patron support of the Feldenkrais Project.

      Nick

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