Feldenkrais Guild UK — member profile




William Wexler

Nei Chia Association Instructor (Tai Ji Quan and Qi Gong) 2014
Feldenkrais Training: London 2015
42 Princes Road, LOWESTOFT NR32 2NJ
• 01502 538 976

Individual lessons: 42 Princes Road, Lowestoft, NR32 2NJ. Other places by arrangement.
Ease and balance are always available. But the path to them may be overgrown by brambles of education, upbringing, bodily imprints of past events, and a lifetime of ”oughts” and “shoulds”. The Feldenkrais Method can help to clear that path.
In the press of daily life, one pays scant attention to the messages flooding in through the senses. Feldenkrais lessons give your overworked brain a holiday, allowing you the luxury of sensing what is going on in the body, of listening to yourself.
Awareness may bring easier, more pleasurable movement, which in turn ripples into other areas of living. It can refresh or reawaken ethical and aesthetic capabilities, and a sense of balance, fulfilment and intuition.
The Feldenkrais Method is not a substitute for conventional medical treatment: it doesn’t offer a diagnosis or cure for any medical conditions. But physical problems may be helped indirectly as you become aware of stressful habits and movement patterns, and gain confidence in changing them. And these lessons may help some people find new, creative ways of responding to the constraints of injury, illness or ageing.
If you’re confused by all the admonitions that have been hurled at you since childhood – “Walk properly! Sit up straight! Breathe! Relax! Tuck in this or that part of your anatomy! Be mindful! Drink more water!” – then these classes may help you sort out what is real, useful and vital for you, from what is imposed, internalised, dull. Sincerity in action is the aim.
The common belief is that we cannot do the simplest things – walk, breathe, eat, drink, dance, sing, etc – without being told how by an expert. These classes aim to restore the confident curiosity you were born with, which makes you your own best teacher. (When you have this, "experts" may become useful!)
In those who follow demanding physical disciplines, the need to achieve may mask real awareness. Gently restoring sensitivity may dissolve physical or motivational tangles. For those happier in the world of thoughts and feelings, the physical aspect is still an essential grounding.
Some people teach because they are naturally good at something; others because they are not, and have had to work things out from first principles. I’m in the second category, "born clumsy", and studying movement with fascination and longing.
I learned a lot from karate, then found the less effortful practice of Tai Ji Quan more suitable for me. Feldenkrais was the next piece in the jigsaw. I’ve also learned from Buddhist and Daoist teachings, and from the long tradition of western somatic arts, which have been overshadowed by their more glamorous cousins from the east! There have been many European and American pioneers, such as Elsa Gindler and Mary Starks Whitehouse.
I was an archivist until retiring in 2012.