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An article by Shai Silberbusch,
Children with breathing problems
Many parents are helpless in the face of the
severe asthma attacks that their children suffer. Most forms of treatment and help available consist of medication and first aid, primarily given in hospitals and emergency rooms. The
Feldenkrais®Method has the knowledge and tools that enable
the children themselves, or together with their parents, to attain improved functioning and better breathing.
During the sessions, the breathing function
improves, the frequency of attacks decrease and become less intensive, the ability to fall asleep, as well as the quality and depth of sleep, change without recognition.
At the same time, there is a marked improvement in
the capacity for movement. Children begin playing and running around without fearing further attacks and problems, and so their self-confidence and self-esteem rise.
As a result of an attack, or a pattern of frequent
attacks, the muscles become constantly clenched and they function inefficiently - the capacity to move and breathe is impaired.
Generally, following breathing difficulties, the
muscles used in breathing are forced to work beyond their capacity, and become rigid and fixed. In asthmatic children we can see a rigid chest, shoulders that are raised and pull backwards, clenched
stomach muscles and a diaphragm which functions poorly.
With the narrowing of the breathing passages, the
skeletal muscles are forced to work beyond their capability to ensure that enough air enters for reasonable function.
With time, these muscles shorten and thicken, and
significant muscular rigidity and tension occurs.
There is a change in the natural organization of
all components of the skeleton that play a role in breathing: they function in a 'distress' format. These changes affect posture and balance;, they can also influence movement function in walking and
To sum up, during an asthmatic attack, the
mechanical organization of the chest and the entire skeleton changes and is harmed.
The sessions restore maximally efficient mechanical
organization, corrects movement-related problems, and all the muscles which retain and move the skeleton now start to relax. In this situation, the muscles can once again assist in breathing
function, the muscular tension and tonus of the bronchia decreases, and the air-passages expand remarkably.
MME PEFF MODELSKI GCFP, SSS, RDE.
As a lifelong professional performer with severe
asthma, I have learned what it is like to pay attention to every breath, how exhausted, panicky and uncomfortable one can be before, during and in between attacks. One lives in a constant state of
alert worry wondering when the next uncalled for attack will come. Sleep and health are both in jeopardy
The beautiful description above by Shai
Silberbusch, Feldenkrais Teacher, is accurate and informative. Feldenkrais®practitioners understand these mechanisms and can , by gentle touch bring a new feeling of ease.
Several sessions provide the foundation for
learning how to take command of each negative habitual asthma pattern as they show up, and how to change them.
Feldenkrais®Method allowed me to draw breath when I thought
there was no more, to increase my capacity for fuller deeper breathing and helped me to learn to lessen the attack and its effects.
I am so grateful to the medical community for
providing us with the research to create the drugs which ease the bronchial spasms and eventually heal the lungs. Something to lean on when I could not try anymore.
Feldenkrais®Method is the other banister on which to lean
because it allows the body and mind to retrain the patterns of easy, efficient breathing back to normal without extensive effort. The practitioner does the work, supporting, guiding and helping the
changes which bring relief. Often the attacks become less.