The Magic Of The Feldenkrais Method
It Opened My Mind To Body-Awareness Training
To fix a body problem, you need a correct diagnosis.
This lead to the
[ASIDE: Feldenkrais training allowed me to solve the plantar fasciitis puzzle. Using a lesson from the ASTRO. Hard to convince people. But then, Ignaz had the same problem. Back to my knee, years earlier!]
I started training for triathlons about 20 years ago. I was in my early 50s. So I had to learn how to run. But I was a swimmer, not a runner.
I went out there and ran. Not well! My youngest son, who enticed me into triathlons, said I ran like a loaf of bread. Not anymore! Of course, not knowing what I was doing, I injured myself repeatedly. This eventually led to three (3) knee surgeries. That’s another story, though every injury affects all of the others!
I managed to run short races, without serous issues. But my goal was a full Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, 26.2-mile run). After about 10 years of shorter races, I started to up my game. Going longer and longer. Completing my first half-Ironman. Still no serious problems.
Trouble with my right knee I started as I undertook training for full marathons. Just one piece of an Ironman.
As I increased pace and distance, I had increasing pain in my right knee.
- Massage therapy
- Several podiatrists (one somewhat inebriated one)
- Two physical therapists
- Two chiropractors
- Several doctors
- A sports medicine physician, who injected cortisone into my patellar bursa
All to no avail!
I tried to find the source of the problem elsewhere, in my IT bands, quads and hamstrings.
Nothing seemed to make sense. This went on for over one year!
If I increased my running intensity or volume, my right knee would play up.
Then, by chance, I met my Feldenkrais teacher. A Science colleague, Karen Dold. I had never heard of Feldenkrais. I thought she said Frankenstein, when I asked what she was doing since leaving science.
I booked a lesson. I’d try anything!
Within a few minutes of my first session Karen located the source of my problem.
It was not in my knee. Only the pain was in my knee! As a result, Karen fixed my problem, by sending down the right road to successful recovery.
What Karen did is shown in the old video clip, below. Filmed by Karen on my Blackberry (no iPhones then). At a subsequent Feldenkrais session.
I had to work on flexibility for my right ankle.
Interestingly, I had noticed it was hard to balance on my right leg! Ankles play a big role, when you balance on one leg! Balance is also critical for safe running, especially on trails.
Karen got it right!
So much appreciated, Karen and Moshe!
My Feldenkrais training came to the rescue many times over the years. As I compete in one Ironman race after another. I just love the sport!
Wishing you happy trails.