There has been a revolution in brain science over the past twenty years. Scientists have discovered that we continue to forge new connections in our brains throughout our lives! This is huge, as before this, it was widely believed that during middle age, we began to lose brain cells and brain function until we finally reached a form of second childhood in our old age. Norman Doige, MD, was one of the first doctors to bring this to the public in a very readable form. If you have not read The Brain that Changes Itself, his first book on the subject, then you should. It is really fascinating and inspiring at once!
Dr. Doige now has another book out, The Brain's Way of Healing, and one of the methods that he focuses on in this new book is the Feldenkrais Method, recognizing its remarkable ability to heal the human brain. Those of us who are Feldenkrais Practitioners have known this for years, but it sure is nice when people from the outside begin to recognize Feldenkrais for what it is...a powerful way to heal! If you know anyone who has a neurological issue, find them a Feldenkrais Practitioner. It will change their lives.
Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet.
He is on the Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York, and the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry.