Monday, June 27, 2011

ASD, Aspergers and the Feldenkrais Method of movement

Proper exercise is an important facet of our lives. Unfortunately the negative social experiences and limitations of our bodies often keep us ASD folk from engaging in physical activity. Yoga might be a reasonable solution if balance was not an issue; I do not know how many Yoga classes I have attended once or twice only to never go back because I fell over and into another participant.

However, the Feldenkrais Method is an excellent alternative and can help with the movement issues we experience. Founded by an Israeli Physicist/Psychology by the name of Moshé Feldenkrais as an away to gain awareness and control over the body. It has proven effective with those on the Spectrum as well as a host of others.

The increase in good posture, confidence and smoothness of movements will help you in your interactions at work or while seeking a job. My own experiences with it were nothing short of phenomenal at first. Overtime the benefits lessened but only because I had come so far. It is worth checking out the various centers in your area or even learning about the methods on line and trying them at home. It will not be quite the same as with a professional but the success there should give you hope for the professional sessions.

Feldenkrais Links:

Success with Feldenkrais and an ASD boy

Healing Thresholds on Feldenkrais and Autism

Feldenkrais website

1 comment:

  1. This is great advice. Feldenkrais worked wonders for my ability to socialize. :)