Using the Feldenkrais Method® , Jeanne Hills, PT, GCFP, specializes in helping chronic and complicated pain patients reach their full potential and reclaim control over their lives through the freedom and ease of movement most of us knew as children.
The technique repairs connections between the motor cortex and the body by retraining movement patterns. The method is based on the principles of neurology, physics and physiology. Feldenkrais® eliminates the bad habits in movement that often create pain, replacing them with new, good habits.
learning to move again — focusing on simple, gentle
and pain-free “movement explorations.”
The Feldenkrais® Method is a gentle and effective technique created by European scientist and martial artist Moshe Feldenkrais in the 1950s, after a repetitive knee injury left him facing surgery.
Instead, he developed an incredible high-end technique used today by everyone from professional athletes and dancers toregular folks with good old fashioned neck and back pain. In fact, it can help for every type of physical pain you can imagine.
At our office, Jeanne Hills, licensed physical therapist, teaches the gentle Feldenkrais® movements, which are then practiced by the patient at home. As the brain and nervous system are trained to move properly, new muscle memory is created, posture is improved, and pain disappears.
Jeanne is the only physical therapist in the Valley that has completed the 4-year degree to become a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and uses Functional Integration® with every physical therapy patient.
Jeanne’s motto is, “Don’t move into more pain!” Physical Therapy has a general reputation as being painful — not at our office. Jeanne takes a meditative approach, allowing muscle tension to release and movement to increase gradually. The movements should be slow and easy, staying within the patient’s pain constraints.
Improve the quality of the process and
you improve the quality of life itself.”
— Moshe Feldenkrais
Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) classes are verbally directed movement explorations based on developmental movements, ordinary functional activities, or abstract explorations of joint, muscular and postural relationships. The easy movements gradually evolve into greater range and complexity. Emphasis is placed on not moving into discomfort, and afterward participants report feeling lighter and taller, with free and easy movement.
Feldenkrais® improves posture, coordination, flexibility and athletic movement. Patients of any age can benefit from this method. We have incredible success with pain patients using the Feldenkrais® Method.
Note: Most insurance plans cover physical therapy. If you have had trouble getting chiropractic coverage in the past, think about coming in to see Jeanne for physical therapy instead. Call your insurance company to see if you’re covered.