People sometimes wonder if The Feldenkrais Method can help with wrist or hand pain, or with foot problems such as plantar fasciitis. It might be a stretch to think that trouble with hands and feet could be related to how we use and organize our entire body. How could our posture or the way we walk, for example, affect those dexterous movements of our fingers, or the flexibility of our feet?
Yet, even hand and wrist pain resulting from excessive computer use can be easily reduced by awakening better ways of supporting our whole body when sitting. Likewise, more flexibility and comfort can begin to be had by your feet as you work with how your whole body balances itself. Even small adjustments to one's posture can relieve the foot muscles of extra work. Our bodies strive for balance, meaning your nervous system is not going to let you fall over. It could be your feet muscles that are working overtime to achieve this balance.
Feldenkrais brings more awareness to how your whole body is a system. When we experience better support from the center of ourselves, excess tension in hands and feet is able to release. We understand how the use of our hands and feet can be directed from this better support of our entire self. Wrist pain dissipates, tingling in fingers subsides, foot muscles relax, and arches lift naturally. Nothing is disconnected in our bodies. All parts play a roll in all that we do.
For more information about my “Finding More Flexible Feet” workshop on Saturday, April 16, click here.