While the Feldenkrais Method and other mindful movement teachings involve dynamic and sometimes strenuous movement, they also address, sometimes even more so, the subconscious movement of our bodies, the physical actions that take place without need for complex thought, or thought at all. This idea is represented in the miniscule- like our chests rising and falling with each breath, and in more tangible ways- like we learn in Ukemi – The Art of Falling.
Walking and running require the same kind of subconscious movement. Walking the block or running in a marathon, very few, if any of us will consciously think, “Left foot. Right foot.” The act of up-right linear movement is one of the most natural and powerful humans are capable of. Each angle and length is put to perfect use, creating the leverage and torque needed to propel us forward, and albeit slower and somewhat less gracefully, backward. From seeing a baby’s first steps to watching an Olympic sprinter dash across the screen, people moving can be a marvelously beautiful thing.
One can reasonably conclude that development and training of the subconscious moving self could have some positive impact on runners’ comfort and ease while putting rubber to pavement. More obvious benefits seen by runners and walkers practicing mindful movement would include: reduced soreness, increased flexibility, shorter recovery time, and enhanced balance.
Walkers and runners of any age and skill level can enjoy the benefits of movement coursework, but may benefit from these classes especially: