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Do you have pain or a movement dysfunction that you would like to heal?

One to one Functional Integration sessions are generally the most appropriate means of working with back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, rsi and any other kind of joint or musculoskeletal or nerve pain.

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Pain is a function of the nervous system to alert us to a problem in our bodies. Very often we end up with pain long after the problem that caused it is healed.

Injuries often leave us with a limp, or a 'favoring' of a limb, which can in time cause other aches and pains and problems. Sometimes pain itself lingers on, and medical examinations reveal no further cause, and state that healing is complete.

Through the tools provided by Functional Integration and/or Awareness through Movement, we will find out about current or habitual patterns in movement, and whether these are healthy ones, or whether they might be contributing to the problem - or maybe even aggravating it . A number of variations on the theme are offered: it is a process of re-educating the nervous system.

What then happens can often be magical: left to their own devices, our bodies will always function best they can. So when given choices, the nervous system will opt for the most efficient one, in terms of optimal functioning. It will disregard the options it does not find useful. Does the improvement last?

The new choices in movement really do last because what usually happens is that they become absorbed, or normalized into the person's movement repertoire. It is a very ordinary experience, it may feel extraordinary for a while, and then, as it gets absorbed, it stops feel extraordinary and feels ordinary.

Our older, more habitual ways of moving and doing things, the ones we may have had a whole lifetime, are stored and initiated from a much older part of our brain than new ones, so it's reasonable to assume that longer standing aches and pains may require more lessons than recently-arising ones.

'One thing that can affect the durability of a lesson is stress. If a person has a lesson, and then experiences stressful or threatening situations, when they go back to their daily life (and let's face it, how many of us do not, fairly regularly) - then the patterns which are older may re-instate themselves. At least until they can calm down again.

In my experience however, this seemingly negative aspect can actually become a very powerful part of the healing process. As one gradually absorbs the ways of being that the Feldenkrais Method teaches, one develops the capacity to 'come-and-go' with increasing ease between old habits and patterns and the newly introduced more efficient ones.

This for me is true healing: To be able to develop one's capacity to heal oneself, to become more comfortable with ambiguities in life, and to recover quickly from the naturally-occurring knocks and shocks that living brings to us all.

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