Day 1 – Feldenkrais Intensive with Josipa
Today Owen began an intense block of Feldenkrais therapy with Josipa.
Josipa is all the way from Croatia, Physiotherapist and Feldenkrais practitioner who has worked with children for over 10 years. She believes in neuroplasticity and retraining the brain to start a more normalised pattern of movement. She follows Owen’s lead and never forces anything out of the ordinary.
She passed on a book – The Brain’s Way Of Healing by Norman Doidge, M.D. pointing out a particular chapter on Feldenkrais.
I have begun reading and already feel my mind racing with questions and wanting to be able to take in as much knowledge from her during this time we have with her.
Key takeouts and core principles of Feldenkrais I already have taken from the book:
- The mind programs the functioning of the brain
- A brain cannot think without motor function
- Awareness of movement is the key to improving movement
- Differentiation – making the smallest possible sensory distinctions between movements – build brain maps
- Differentiation is easiest to make when the stimulus is smallest
- Slowness of movement is the key to awareness, and awareness is the key to learning
- Reduce the effort whenever possible
- Errors are essential, and there is no right way to move, only better ways
- Random movements provide variation that leads to developmental breakthroughs
- Even the smallest movement in one part of the body involves the entire body
- Many movement problems, and the pain that goes with them, are caused by learning habit, not by abnormal structure
There is so much goodness in this book and I have only just begun!
Owen took a little time to warm up in today’s session, new therapist, new voice, new surroundings but we are looking forward to the continued sessions we have this week with her.
To give you an idea of how in awe I was, I didn’t even get the camera out until the last two minutes of the session! Here is a picture of Owen standing with minimal support.
Quote of the day from Josipa ”Owen is very intelligent and has the will to want to move”
I loved that she said that she is there to be his shadow, to follow his way of moving and to help guide him to whateva may be next so that he feels safe.
Very grateful for her time today, to Sanja and Adrians Adventures for introducing us to her and making this possible and also all our supporters as all our fundraising efforts pay for such therapy like this.
WOW what a Monday!