Feldenkrais and Insomnia
The Problem of Insomnia
Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) is incredibly frustrating experience. Discomfort while lying down can not only hinder your ability to fall asleep but also rob you of genuinely deep sleep. Sleeping in an awkward positions can lead to waking up sore and uncomfortable in the morning. The tiredness and discomfort can haunt you throughout your entire day. Worrying about getting enough sleep only makes it worse. Does this sound familiar?
How Feldenkrais Can Help Insomnia
Sometimes insomnia may be caused by a medical condition. It’s important that you discuss this possibility with your doctor. However often insomnia is caused by a busy mind and a tense body. Feldenkrais helps you to bring the mind and body into a relaxed, harmonious and settled place, ready for sleep. Some exercises can even be done while you are lying in bed.
In Feldenkrais classes you will learn some quick and simple exercises you can do every day to improve sleep. You will also participate in some longer ‘Awareness Through Movement’ lessons that help you to let go of pain and tension.
During a class you will lie on a comfortable padded mat, close your eyes and tune into your body. As you are guided through a gentle series of exercises, it’s easy to let go and wind down from the stresses of the day. You learn to quickly and easily bring your mind and body into balance. This helps promote a deeper and more restful sleep.
Feldenkrais helps develop your ability to focus your mind on your body in a relaxed and non-judgmental way. Letting go of focusing on sleep itself and softly resting the attention on the body and the breath helps to overcome a restless mind and tense body.
Feldenkrais also helps you expand your options for comfortable sleep positions. It achieves this through gentle mindful movement explorations.