A Remedy for the Fear of Falling

Share Article

Lavinia Plonka uses the Feldenkrais Method® to help seniors solve an age-old problem

The Little Book of Falling

The Little Book of Falling (and Getting Up) eBook & Fall Softly, Recover Quickly Audio

“The nervous system interprets attention as action. As you imagine the movement, you are creating neural connections that will improve your abilities without excessive effort.

Past News Releases

RSS

Lavinia Plonka’s new e-book and audio addressing the risks and fears of falling are now available at the the Feldenkrais® Store. This is good news for seniors, indeed, because falls and the fear of falling comprise two of the primary health risks for older adults. An overview by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, asserts that each year one out of every three adults age 65 and older falls. According to a study by George Fuller in the American Family Physician, “ falls are the leading cause of injury-related visits to emergency departments in the United States.”

    Understandably, seniors, who are often frail and uncertain in their balance, frequently have a high level of anxiety in regard to falling. An excessive fear of falling, however, may, in itself, increase the probability of a fall. A 2010 study published in the British Medical Journal, BMJ, concludes that a high degree of perceived fall risk is likely to result in future falls. Moreover, a nexus of anxiety around the fear of falling may lead seniors to restrict their activities, thus causing a loss of physical conditioning, thus increasing the likelihood of falls. It’s an ironic circle.

    In her e-book publication, The Little Book of Falling (And Getting Up) along with the companion audio, Fall Softly, Recover quickly, Lavinia Plonka, a Feldenkrais® teacher, gives seniors the tools to step away from this ironic circle. Specifically she shows older adults how to:

  •      Increase their joint and pelvic mobility, enabling them to avoid the obstacles and sudden mishaps that often cause falls.
  •      Increase their balance and general stability through exercises that address inner ear and visual equilibrium.
  •      Develop an awareness of themselves in their surroundings and space—enabling a new and more confident sense of navigation.
  •      Reduce the fear of falling by promoting a more comfortable sense of the kinesthetic relationship between the body and gravity.
  •      Reduce the fear of falling by showing how easy it is to get up again by employing the natural movements of the spine.
  •      Reduce the risk of injury by subtly training the body in Awareness Through Movement® to fall softly.
  •      Reduce the risk of injury by letting the whole body, rather than an isolated part, absorb the fall.

    All of this may seem like a tall order for seniors suffering from the pain of arthritic joints and the wear and tear of decades of hard work and daily living. But the Feldenkrais Method that Lavinia employs is extremely gentle and focuses on the mind as well as the body. In fact, the Feldenkrais Method is based on the premise (now widely accepted) that the mind and the body are one and the same. As Lavinia states in The Little Book of Falling (And Getting Up), “The nervous system interprets attention as action. As you imagine the movement, you are creating neural connections that will improve your abilities without excessive effort. Just reading the movement and pretending you are doing the movement actually helps.”

    Lavinia Plonka is the Director of the Ashville Movement Center and a certified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method. She has applied all of the wisdom, knowledge and technique that she has gained from 30 years of study into creating the Feldenkrais e-book, The Little Book of Falling (And Getting Up), and its companion audio, Fall Softly, Recover quickly. Many of her students have benefited greatly from her compassionate and easily accessible approach to helping seniors.

    “For the first time in years,” states Carole Porter, “I was able to walk up the stairs without having to hold on to the banister. Lavinia and the Feldenkrais Method have made a huge difference in my walking.”

    The Feldenkrais Method has also made a huge difference in Doreen Plaisance’s life. She related this instance to Lavinia. “I slipped on the ice and fell on the sidewalk. I sat there for a second and thought, ‘Oh boy, I wonder what I broke.’ To my amazement, I stood up and except for a scraped knee, I was fine! It has to be that Feldenkrais!"

    Lavinia’s Feldenkrais e-book and audio are in stock now at the Feldenkrais Store for a remarkably reasonable price: $6.95 for the e-book, The Little Book of Falling (And Getting Up); $26.00 for the audio, Fall Softly, Recover quickly; or $29.95 for both the e-book and the supplemental audio. Try them. They may just change your life!

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Al Wadleigh
Visit website