Winding Up for the New Year? Not So Fast.

In Sleep, Uncategorized by Larry Wells

The hubbub and rushing around of the holiday season are over. How wonderful that season can be and also how exhausting. Now it’s the New Year. Typically a time for planning, goal setting and building up steam to charge ahead. But wait a minute! Doesn’t that just extend the hubbub and rushing into the New Year? That just keeps the …

The Principle of NOW: Nervous System

In feldenkrais, Walking by Cynthia Allen

Ways and rituals for dropping into the present moment are a well-traveled road. Meditation, yoga, centering prayer, the sound of a bell or the lighting of a candle. Any of these can be valuable for entering now. One could say, at least in terms of marketing, being in the now has become a national obsession. As with idea of being …

The Principle of Good Enough

In feldenkrais, Walking by Cynthia Allen

There was a time I was hungry to discover that I was good enough. I didn’t need to keep striving, struggling or trying to be different. Hallelujah! I was good enough. If you have done any kind of self-help work or psychotherapy, you have probably encountered the value of accepting yourself and others as is. But that actually isn’t the topic …

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Quieting the Nervous System | Feldenkrais lessons

In feldenkrais, Video by Cynthia Allen

A disordered nervous system is a noisy one much like a lot of radio stations playing at once or electronic static that makes it difficult to tune into what the useful information coming our way. There are many reasons for this noise. Past trauma, missing development links, and chronic pain are among them. In this video, Cynthia Allen offers a …

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Pain Meds and Chronic Low Back Pain: Do They Work?

In Back Pain, Uncategorized by Cynthia Allen

Do pain meds help with chronic low back pain? That is a question that has been being asked quite a lot the past few years. Now that the addiction to opioids has turned into an epidemic that leads to heroin addiction, the question is more relevant than ever.The New York Times editorial board recently issued an opinion piece, The Insanity ...
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Chronic Pain and the Feldenkrais Method

In Back Pain by Cynthia Allen

Recently Jane Brody, a science writer for the New York Times, reported on the Feldenkrais Method as a path for overcoming back pain. She not only gave a personal recommendation for it, in a subsequent article on the opioid epidemic and non-pharmaceutical options, the New York Times mentioned the importance of movement modalities and linked to Brody’s article as an …

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How Your Back MRI Results Are Misleading You

In Back Pain, feldenkrais by Cynthia Allen

And Why It's Important to Know by Cynthia Allen, GCFP, STMI If you see this image below and it scares you, you aren't alone. If you have been looking at your MRI results and getting depressed thinking there is no hope, I have hope for you. If you have back pain, but haven’t had an MRI, you may be among ...