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Article by Jeni Drew

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New moves bring learning for people in pain

When Richard Kelly suffered a whiplash injury as the result of a car accident at age 30, his life changed.

“It became progressively worse to the stage of immobility and pain 24/7”, Richard, now aged 68, says.

Richard, from Boorawa in country NSW, pursued many avenues in an attempt to find relief, including travelling to the U.S. and visiting the Mayo clinic. With little improvement to show for his efforts Richard was unsure where to turn next.

Former Academic in Education and Gold Coast resident Lorlei Carpenter experienced movement difficulties, pain and challenges for most of her life after a car accident at age 11 left her with one leg shorter than the other.

Richard and Lorlei’s quest to manage day to day activities without pain is not an isolated one.

According to published national health statistics, musculoskeletal pain disrupts individuals’ quality of life and accounts for an enormous cost to the community. Back pain has been flagged as a national health priority area. 

Non-traditional approaches to pain relief are being increasingly sought by people with persistent pain. Movement re-education is a ‘holistic’ approach that is being explored by people with persistent pain, as well as by people who seek a more comprehensive feeling of health, wellbeing, and efficient stress-free movement.


“The Feldenkrais Method of movement re-education has been extremely beneficial to my health,"Richard Kelly says. "I have been able to improve my mobility and pain-free threshold immeasurably, to the extent that I can now do all the activities and work that I did prior to my accident 38 years ago”.

Lorlei adds, “Attending regular Feldenkrais classes has challenged me to think of alternative ways of moving.  I am now much more aware of effective ways of pain free movement.  Importantly Feldenkrais has taught me to listen and attend to my whole self, rather than push through pain.” Lorelei attends Feldenkrais classes twice a week in Labrador. 

Richard attends Feldenkrais one-on-one movement lessons on the Gold Coast and in Sydney. “I have been doing Feldenkrais for 22 years, from the age of 46,” Richard says. “When I started I couldn’t even bend down to do up my shoelaces.”

The Feldenkrais Method, named after scientist and educator Moshe Feldenkrais, uses movement as the basis for learning. Students of the method discover ways to let go of old physical, mental and emotional habits that are limiting their potential and causing pain.

Donna-Rose McAneney and Jeni Drew are 2 Gold Coast Feldenkrais teachers to be involved in this year's Timeless Body event.  ‘The Timeless Body’ will see Feldenkrais practitioners throughout Qld and northern NSW offering introductory Feldenkrais movement workshops simultaneously over the weekend of March 23/24.

For more about the “Timeless Body”, visit www.feldenkrais.org.au  or www.facebook.com/TimelessBody  

7 Mar 2013

Last Update: 10 Mar 2013

Article/Information supplied by Jeni Drew

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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