Madeleine Edgar graduated as a Physiotherapist in Melbourne in 1959 and was introduced to the Feldenkrais Method® in 1983. As her posture was deteriorating and she had shoulder pain from a surfing injury, she was amazed to experience so much relief and improvement in her posture after her first Awareness through Movement® (ATM) lesson, that she decided to find out more immediately. She bought some audiotapes of ATMs and did a couple of lessons each week, feeling that she was catching up on all that she had lost over the years. She also bought one of Moshe Feldenkrais’ books to understand how he developed the Method and the thinking behind it. All of this made such sense to her and seemed to answer the questions she had about recurring pain problems, and then she found a group in Brisbane that met monthly to do ATMs and continued her exploration. When she heard there was a Professional Training Program starting in 1990 she was the first student to sign up. She graduated in 1993 after studying on the floor for 2 months each year for 4 years, discovering more about herself and about the human nervous system and how we learn through the body.
She has used the FM almost exclusively since, organising classes and private lessons on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. She has spoken on the ABC and commercial radio stations and to many community organisations about the benefits of the Method. She has published her book, Marvellous Movement: ReMIND your Body using the Feldenkrais Method® daily. It’s a simple, easy to follow introductory workbook for clients to do at home.
More Marvellous Movement: Move well throughout your Life with the Feldenkrais Method®, a more advanced ebook has just been published and CD lessons are now available. Her attitude to aging has totally changed. Her shoulder pain has almost disappeared and she moves better than she did when she was 20! She looks forward to continuing this work as long as she wants to.
Tom Edgar had constant lower back pain attributed to an old injury which he had suffered as an A grade mechanic, when a tractor wheel fell on him and fractured part of a vertebra. He felt the benefits when Madeleine gave him some lessons and became interested in doing a training also. He could see the difference in her clients before and after a lesson, so eventually decided to do the second Brisbane Training, graduating in 2000.
Madeleine and Tom studied child development very closely by having seven children! All the movements used in the FM are based on our developmental explorations. Tom likes to work with golfers and other sportspeople. Together they alternate weekly classes. His back pain is much more manageable now and the improvements in his posture have helped with his osteoporosis and breathing.
Clients may be able to claim for Lessons from Practitioners through Private Health Funds.
Injury insurance, Workcover, Vets Affairs and CRS are covered by FM Practitioners who are also registered Allied Health Professionals.
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