Nervous System


To understand the Feldenkrais Method® a basic knowledge of the nervous system is indispensable, because in addition to bodily awareness, the Feldenkrais Method® also represents a learning process that allows the body to be perceived.

The nervous system is believed to be unknown and complex by many experts, but can nevertheless be explored, and it allows the organism to receive and transit stimuli from the outside world, coordinating information.

From the senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste), from the skin, the inner organs and the external environment, stimuli reach the brain over nerve paths. The most important of these is the SOMATO-SENSITIVE or KINAESTHETIC path.


Kinaesthetic path

This starts from the sensory receptors of the skin and reaches the cortex through connective nerve bundles. Sensory information from the body surface reaches the sensitive cortex and generates a response relative to muscle control.

sistema nervoso

This path learns under our voluntary command, and if appropriately stimulated, lost functions can be recovered.

There are interactions between infant activities and brain development. The relationship illustrated in the following diagram, shown by arrows in opposite directions, indicates that one influences modifications to the other, with cause and effect continuously inverting their position in the retroactive ring, precisely because the effect returns to act in reverse on the cause that determined it.


Learning to move the body and coordinate it constitutes an ordered process for children who have suffered no infantile traumas, as they are able to proceed with development in an organic way.

Children who have instead suffered infantile traumas with major or minor cerebral lesions are unable to follow their evolutionary development, and have a limited sequentiality of movements. They often appear to be lazy, sad, demotivated and clumsy in their actions, and have difficulty in spatial movement.

They prevalently use the limbs that move with greatest ease, forgetting injured limbs.
But when they feel their body and perceive themselves almost totally through lessons of Functional Integration that attenuate their muscular rigidity, returning functionality to their joints and skeleton, their bodies and their faces light up with joy. This is when the children become more active and motivated, and will start to make movements in their daily life that were previously impeded by their handicap.


The task of Feldenkrais® teachers

is to create new nerve circuits or synapses so that children can have the opportunity to perform new actions and live better with themselves, because ours is a scientific method, and it cannot work miracles.