Everyone loves an inspiring story.
A really good story is gripping, with many twists and turns where fate hangs in the balance. The satisfying conclusion is unexpected, against-all-odds, and gives the listener hope that a similar miraculous outcome is possible for them.
Hang around in the Feldenkrais world for awhile, and you’ll likely hear some inspiring stories. Virtually every Feldenkrais teacher I know has one. One person goes through a medical ordeal, then uses the Method to recover beyond all expectations. (That’s my story.) A person with a steadily-worsening symptom rejects the prognosis of her neurologist or orthopedist, begins to study the Method, and is able to avoid a costly and risky surgery. Another person is able to take far less medication to manage a painful disease process, through regular lessons and attendance at group classes. The stories are legion. In the aftermath of accident, stroke, or diagnosis of a chronic condition, after exhausting traditional medical approaches, the Feldenkrais Method frequently provides the missing piece to help the person to resume the activities and lifestyle they enjoy.
So, when people ask me, “Why should I come to your class?” or, “What will Feldenkrais lessons do for me?” I hesitate. I have so many inspiring stories, they all crowd to the front of my brain and mouth so that none can get out in the moment.
But let’s be clear: medical problems require medical solutions. And, sometimes we assume something is a medical problem when it is actually a LEARNING problem. Even medical issues have non-medical elements that are equally important to the overall solution. I continue to be inspired by the Feldenkrais Method because of its elegant ability to address the whole person, to weave multiple strands of experiences, to create new possibilities for a rewarding life, well-lived.
What’s in it for you? Quite simply, the possibility for continuous improvement. The potential to achieve your “vowed and unavowed dreams.” A difference in you that will help you make a difference. It’s all in a day’s work around here. Join me and find out what’s possible for you!
POSTSCRIPT: This piece appeared as the introduction to this week’s newsletter. Imagine my horror to log on to my computer this morning to a private message from an acquaintance: ” Did you realize you misspelled FELDENKRAIS in the subject line of your email?”
Obviously not. OUCH!
There is was, on Facebook, on Twitter, FELDENKRAS. FELDENKRAS. For Pete’s sake! There’s a digital misfire if there ever was one.
I wisecracked: FELDENKRAS – What’s in it for you? Well, the missing “I” would be nice.
And then I thought — that’s the essence of what I wrote about. The missing “I.” You are the subject of your own life — might as well show up for it.
I know I am making lemonade out of lemons here. Perhaps that skill is something else I have learned from the Method. As for you — bring the “I” and the magic happens. See you on the floor. . .