Openness to Options

by Pamela Kihm, GCFP

Many, many times during the 27 years of my Feldenkrais® practice, I've seen how people shred years while gaining comfort—when they learn it's in their best interest to not constantly contract their abdominal muscles. 

Shortly after starting my Feldenkrais practice in 1991, a retired eighty-year-old oncologist became my student because of his debilitating back pain and balance issues. For the first two sessions he would become markedly more comfortable while lying on my Feldenkrais table, but as soon as he stood up, he would return to his habit of contracting his abs to the max. His posture was curved forward, his back pain was present, and when he walked his balance was compromised.

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