In personal sessions we use the same movement lessons as in Awareness through Movement classes but there is more personal direction by gentle touch from Dr Jones. We can feel more specifically where your holding patterns are and help to redirect the movement in a more functional trajectory. We work fully clothed on a lower wider table than for massage
Why come for a personal session?
- If you have problems such as ongoing pain or stress while working – Dr Jones can identify where the problem arises and help you to find a way through to better functioning.
- If you have suffered work related injuries or injuries that have stopped you from working
- You have had a sports injury that has been treated but still has discomfort or pain or restricted movement. WE can help you back to better functional movement.
- You want to go through the working posture workshop personally with Dr Jones this gives more personal attention and can be done as an adjunct to having attended the larger workshops. Each person has a unique way to hold in their body and although much can be picked up in workshops it becomes clearer earlier in a personal session to identify subtle bad habits.
WorkingPosture Support for sufferers of Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain is not the same as short term pain and requires a different approach. WorkingPosture uses easy practical lessons to help reverse the neuroplastic damage from chronic pain
This work supports the treatment of your Doctor or Practitioner, it helps augment and deepen healing and helps to come back to more flexible and easier function on all levels mind, body and emotions.
The leading researchers in Chronic pain are now saying that chronic pain is different to short term acute pain.
Acute pain is the bodies alarm system that signals that either we have damaged ourselves or that we must stop what we are doing or we will damage ourselves.
Chronic pain is different and the normal strategies of painkillers, therapy, surgery etc are no longer able to deal with this , it has become more complicated.
Norman Doige in his books “the brain that changes itself” and “How the Brain Heals” documents stories of some many brilliant researchers who are now looking at some pretty extraordinary new ways to understand chronic pain. The way they look at pain is changing fast. They show that in chronic and severe neuropathic pain that the brain itself becomes the problem because it is firing off willy nilly even though the original injury that started the problem has healed. Its out of control.
These GAMECHANGING researchers have devised new ways to work with chronic pain that use the brains neuroplastic capacity to help the brain adapt back to its normal healthy functioning. Moshe Feldenkrais was one of these gamechangers
Nearly 30 years ago before it became a buzzword I was taught how to work with “NEUROPLASTICITY” by Moshe Feldenkrais. I did the 4 year training in Melbourne University to become a practitioner in his Method.
In an interview Norman Doige https://youtu.be/eKNBYzoOICQ he says that Moshe Feldenkrais was way ahead of his time and his work is probably still the very best way to work with neuroplasticity.
In a recent Catalyst program on ABC TV (available now on IVEW ABC) we have people such as Prof Lorimer Moseley and Dr Silvia Gutin here in Australia who are doing wonderful work in this field. It was interesting that things that these people are now proving scientifically were things we were taught and that Ive been using all this time to help people with pain.
In WorkingPosture which uses Feldenkrais Lessons we understand that people in chronic pain have altered movement patterns and postures. These patterns are ways that the body holds tension that clients are completely unaware of. This body tension can exacerbate the pain and can stop it from getting better.
Treatment consisting of either hands on personal sessions or small group classes focuses on slowing the body down to reduce the neural noise and then gently bringing the clients attention to how they are holding tension. Most are unaware of this holding. Often the pattern of moving the body becomes unbalanced with some muscles contracting too much and others not working enough. With gentle awareness, calming the whole system we help teach new co-ordinated ways to move that are more flexible and graceful. By calming down the stressed muscles we find this then reduces pain.
Over time as the general stress and holding in the body calms as we teach you to breath more fully, the nervous system starts working better, the proprioception works better you can feel when you go into a stressful action faster.
In chronic pain where the brain itself has been generating the pain when the system is quieter and less stressed the whole nervous system and brain has less noise on the line and its neuroplastic capacity for adapting comes back somehow it finds its way back to homeostasis, ie more balance and there is less pain. The body can heal itself