The mind-body connection is the link between our non-physical thoughts, attitudes, and patterns of behavior and our physical body and physical health. It’s a cornerstone of holistic medicine that treats the whole person in mind, body, and spirit, not just individual symptoms. There is solid scientific evidence—as well as many long-standing traditional philosophies—that our thoughts have powerful effects on our bodies, and our bodies can in turn influence our patterns of thought. This connection allows us to be conscious partners in our own systems of healing, performance, and overall wellness.
The next time you pull a muscle and think, “Oh my gosh, not another one,” you may need to consider the location of your pain may not be the cause. If you are plagued with chronic muscle pulls or tendonitis-like symptoms you’ll need a more holistic approach to the problem.
Dr. Feldenkrais has explored the relationship between experience and motor expression for the past forty years. He developed his work through teaching himself to walk again after suffering a crippling knee injury from playing soccer. This is his original text.
Franz Gabriel Alexander has been described on more than one occasion as the father of psychosomatic medicine. For almost 25 years, he was director of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis, where he trained many of the leading students of emotional disturbances and psychosomatic diseases.