The Feldenkrais method works with what a child can already do and builds on that. Children as young as a few weeks old can benefit from the Feldenkrais method.
Children With a Disability
Feldenkrais can have great benefits to children with a disability. The method wakes up the child’s brain to create new connections, leading to spontaneous, sometimes extraordinary breakthroughs in movement, thinking, self-regulation, and connection with others.
Alison helps children with:
- Autism spectrum
- Brain damage
- Undiagnosed developmental delays
- Brachial plexus injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Other neurological conditions
Typically developing babies and children
Alison teaches parents how to observe, support and facilitate their young baby’s journey through the developmental stages from birth to independent walking. The parents then provide a rich and supported learning environment for their baby to thrive.
The younger the child, the more plastic their brain and often the more rapidly they improve with the Feldenkrais Method. By working directly with the brain, the Feldenkrais Method wakes up the learning mechanisms of the child, improving their self-awareness and teaching them to move with greater ease and confidence. As their balance, flexibility, and coordination improves, often so does their self-esteem and confidence. Learning in the physical realm changes patterns in their brain and can also lead to improvements in their intellectual and social abilities.
Children with pain
Feldenkrais uses gentle supportive movements which show the nervous system how to reorganise the musculoskeletal system and move it out of pain. It is a gentle non intrusive method which gives children confidence to move once again with freedom and power.