Similar to the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method is done very slowly and gently. Even in slower movement classes like yoga, there are quicker segments of class during which our awareness can leave our bodies if we’re not careful (think sweaty sun salutations). The Feldenkrais Method, which is composed of movements like pelvic tilts, hip release exercises using bolsters, and side bends to release the neck. At no point while conducting these exercises should you speed up—movements should be as slow as possible and intentional.
“Getting to know your body better through a host of mindfulness techniques can be very helpful,” explains chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia expert Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. “One of the most important components of chronic pain is myofascial or muscle pain. Our initial instinct is to tighten the muscle to splint them in the face of pain. This helps short-term, but worsens the long-term muscle tightening and pain. Being aware of our muscles and how we hold them, and consciously releasing them can help dramatically.”