The Library will offer a series of weekly online movement classes for 88 that emphasize the role of the brain in improving balance and strength. Theseclasses will incorporate principles from the Feldenkrais Method of Awareness through Movement, an established form of neuromuscular reeducation that utilizes the brains ability to form new neural pathways at any age. Participants are guided to pay close attention to novel but gentle movements that allow the nervous system to learn to reorganize their movements for greater ease and efficiency and to achieve better kinesthetic awareness and balance. Each class involves different movement sequences so that participants continue to experience new neural learning designed to help them better respond to everyday balance and strength challenges, and to remain physically active in general. A study of the Feldenkrais Method published in Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine found that it was helpful in improving balance and mobility in older 88 Palmer, 2017.
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