As a Physical Therapist Assistant, I would utilize when seeing patient, my Feldenkrais Methods use of simple movements within complex patterns. In hopes of develping the students’ to use there sense of touch and there imagination on how to execute. After short rests they would reflect on how they felt afterwards, by comparison. At intervals would create a sense in feeling the ease of the movements they thought lost to them. For instance shoulders need to exercise when inflamed, this is not the usual protocol, but if done with small movements or imagination, the patient saw results immediately. This smaller movements, micro in nature create the circulation, and increased bathing the torn tendon or muscle with circulation, decreasing inflammation, and active movements where there was none, it the healing factor. I knew these ideal movements worked, but the patient didn’t realize they had so much potential. They found faster healing and less pain due to the small movements and sensory motor feedback which accompanies every “awareness through movement” class or Functional Integration session that utilized the Feldenkrais Method.
There are so many ways you can use the Feldenkrais Method to address pain, just meditating on the movements create a sense of ease and calm, then the sensory motor connection and concentric/eccentric movements help to develop small fine tuned muscles around the joints. This gives the bones and muscles connection a chance to recuperate and start its regrowth, regenerating circulation kills inflammation.
By developing SITTS posture cushion higher and with a bicycle shape, releases a greater amount of circulation into the muscles than before. The perfect 130 degrees open the psoas from its clenching hold on the front of the vertebraes’ and releases pinching of the muscles that create the discs bulging outward. Now everything starts to sink in naturally aligning the vertebraes’ from within from the base of support up. We can’t be forced by straps or gadgets punishing us to notice posture. If, when we sit our hips are misaligned we are stuck with the results, and it adds up to bulging discs or sagging bones to one side or another. In using SITTS it trails over to other areas of our life. Walking or driving, even the couch.
Just like moving in the Feldenkrais Method, once we know the perfect feeling of harmony of our bones, how alignment feels good, we internally justify doing more of it. SITTS automatically feeds into that dynamic ergonomics, driving active sitting balance we need for good posture to reverse low back pain and even upper back pain. Like the Feldenkrais Method, its unconsciously helping us. Our back pain problems sooner or later depending on the severity, are slowly mending everyday.