It was his own painful battle with bursitis in his shoulder that led surf coach Roger Bowden to try something new.
‘12 months of surfing with a pain increasing injury meant I probably hadn’t been as kind to myself as I should,’ he says. ‘But when my shoulder problem became chronic, someone I knew recommended I see a Feldenkrais practitioner, and I’ve never looked back since. After only two months my shoulders were 95% better.’
Years of physical activity, from sailing to surfing, and running a surf school in north Queensland, had meant that Roger had always depended on his physical mobility and fitness.
‘The bursitis was very painful,’ he says, ‘but what Feldenkrais taught me was how little awareness I actually had of my body despite years of depending on it.’
The Feldenkrais Method ® was developed by a man called Moshe Feldenkrais, who was a physicist, engineer and black belt in judo. He pioneered this learning system of movement lessons which use movement and awareness to bring about remarkable changes in the human brain, body and mind. He understood that in order to overcome limitation and pain, and achieve breakthroughs in your life, it is the brain that needs to change and learn.
‘And it’s not just for people who are in pain,’ says Roger. ‘It’s an ideal way to improve what you already do, allowing you to gently explore your patterns of movement, develop better ones for more efficient movement, and so reducing the risk of injury, giving you a longevity in the things you love to do. It also gives you a deeper connection with your body and from that, builds confidence and an improved sense of health and well-being.’
Roger is offering Awareness Through Movement ® classes in Lennox Head, Ballina and Newrybar. He also offers Functional Integration ® lessons for individuals seeking help for specific needs.
‘It’s suitable for all ages and abilities,’ he says ‘and also very good for people with neurological disorders including stroke sufferers, and conditions like cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease.’
See the Feldenkrais ad on page 18.