Learning about Learning
I began to learn about myself in my late teens. Of course, just like everyone else, I had been learning about myself since I had been born. However, in my late teens I started to understand that I could give that learning process some direction. I didn’t know that I was learning about my own self, though. I thought I was learning about life, the universe, and everything.
Some fifteen years later I began to learn about the relationship between that “self” (life, the universe, and everything) and my somatic, physical self. I didn’t know that was what I was learning about, either. I was just trying to get rid of a lot of back pain and neck pain and shoulder pain.
I took some years of yoga classes, I got lots of chiropractic, lots of acupuncture, lots of shiatsu, lots of lessons in the Alexander Technique®, and consulted lots of allopathic doctors, as well as some rolfing®, osteopathic manipulation, cranio-sacral manipulation, ayurvedic doctors, curanderas, homeopathy, and even more. Every one of these modalities helped alleviate some pain to some extent, some more than others. However, none provided me with long-term relief, let alone the possibility of reversing my ever-increasing levels of pain.
At about the same time as my somatic learning began, I started to learn a little bit about other people. True to form, I had no idea that was what was going on. I just thought I had a sensitivity to some types of pain which some other individuals were feeling, and I felt it was possible to alleviate those pains, though I didn’t know how.
So, I started trying to find out how. This led me to a journey of learning more about the intricate relationships between my own self, which now included my somatic self, and the selves and somatic selves of others. I eventually found that I was able to learn more about myself if I was also learning about the selves of others.
Finally I found the Feldenkrais Method®. Dr. Feldenkrais developed his Method® in order to help others to learn about ourselves. He had found that his own overall ability to function in the world improved by learning a great deal about himself, directly and intimately. After decades of study, Dr. Feldenkrais found a way to duplicate for the benefit of others his own self-proven process of learning.
Dr. Feldenkrais’ understanding of the relationship of himself to his clients’ was a significant factor in the attraction of his Method® for me. I had already learned that myself and the selves of others are intimately related. The Feldenkrais Method® confirmed my conviction that the only way it made sense for me to work with others was to learn about their selves with my own self. Additionally, the Feldenkrais Method® gives me a means to draw upon the benefits of my numerous and variegated lessons about myself over the years.