The athlete who practices the Feldenkrais Running exercises, not only increases his speed, power and endurance, but also avoids the injuries that come from a disproportionate placement of stress on a particular joint, tendon, or muscle.
Longmont, CO (PRWEB) April 29, 2012
Runners are a dedicated lot. In sleet and rain, high winds and days so hot that ordinary mortals won’t venture from their air-conditioned rooms, they pound out their miles. What they want is simple: longer distances, better speeds and the superb conditioning that comes from hours of committed training. For years, runners have accepted the premise that to improve, they must push. The “no pain, no gain,” slogan might as well be their motto. Recently, however, a new group of runners has emerged. These runners seem to improve effortlessly without incurring the slew of injuries (from hip bursitis, to shin splints, to Achilles tendonitis) to which runners are particularly prone. These new runners, the ones who make it all seem so easy, are the Feldenkrais Runners, and, fortunately, access to their methodology, formerly accessible only to those who could take lessons from a Feldenkrais teacher, is now available at the Feldenkrais Store.
So what is it that sets the Feldenkrais Runners apart? They practice movements designed to re-educate that part of the brain which controls the nerves, muscles, and skeletal structure. Rather than trying to impose a particular trainer’s way of doing things on their own running styles, they start with their own unique bodies and inherent running potential and then use the Feldenkrais Method® to develop a more efficient range of movement. The result is that type of fluid power and grace that you sometimes see in Olympic competitors and professional athletes. Feldenkrais Runners look like they were born to run.
Al Wadleigh, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and the owner of the Feldenkrais Store, has four Feldenkrais Running products available to help the dedicated runner improve his power and efficiency: Jack Heggie’s Running with the Whole Body book, Jack Heggie’s Running with the Whole Body CD, Edward Yu’s book, The Art of Slowing Down, and Jae Gruenke’s MP3 download, the Core Action Collection. “Because these products show the reader how to use his whole body in an harmonious way,” Wadleigh says, “the athlete who practices the Feldenkrais Running exercises which they promulgate, not only increases his speed, power and endurance, but also avoids the injuries that come from a disproportionate placement of stress on a particular joint, tendon, or muscle.”
Jack Heggie’s book and CD guide the runner through a progression of Feldenkrais exercises that will help him improve his breathing, speed and endurance within 30 days. The exercises are designed, Heggie states, “to teach the unconscious mind to make subtle corrections to align the body and allow it to move in sync with itself.” Heggie’s book and CD concentrate on the functional connection between the arms, hips, and legs. Through the practice of Awareness Through Movement®, the runner learns to listen to his body and so rediscovers the way he was meant to move. Packed with illustrations and anecdotes, Heggie’s book is approachable and easy to use. The CD has additional exercises, not available in the book, and verbally guides the listener through the movements with patient, lucid directions. Both are recommended.
In The Art of Slowing Down, Edward Yu Combines the unique approach of a Feldenkrais Practitioner with his experiences as a student of Bagua and Taichi. His exercises are designed to “awaken areas in your body that have been dormant for years.” “As your body awakens,” he states, “ and your sense-ability increases, what was at first challenging will quickly become easier. The reason is that rather than simply working harder at habitual movements, you will be working smarter by exploring novel movements.” Yu’s book includes a philosophical discussion of the best approach to becoming a better athlete, and exercises formulated to awaken running power in the hips and spine.
In the Core Action Collection, Jae Gruenke presents three Feldenkrais Running Lessons. The MP3 download focuses on giving the runner tools for smooth and more “efficient running, with less wear and tear on the knees and back.” In her recordings and PDF booklet, Gruenke utilizes her skill as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner(cm) and ACE Certified Personal Trainer to help the runner discover “comfortable, coordinated ways to move.”
To purchase these products or simply to obtain more information about Feldenkrais, visit the Feldenkrais Store.