Mark Reese

Moving Out of Pain


by Mark Reese

These 16 half-hour lessons in Moving Out of Pain were originally created as part of a study with people who have Fibromyalgia. The study found that participants experienced a measurable reduction of pain and greater ease of movement after using these lessons.

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The Feldenkrais Method is widely known for its effectiveness in reducing or even eliminating pain and its ability to teach people how to manage chronic pain through better movement increased self-confidence and awareness. The 16 half-hour lessons in Moving Out of Pain were created for a Los Angeles group of chronic pain patients. They are suitable not only for those with recurrent pain but for anyone who desires gentle slow paced easy-to-do Feldenkrais lessons.

Mark Reese created these lessons based on his 20 years of experience successfully working with people with chronic pain. The lessons are performed in comfortable positions and Mark's pacing easy to follow instructions help to create and deepen a receptive learning state. Moving Out of Pain reflects Mark's extensive knowledge about how to create the calm and curiosity needed for overcoming long-standing self-protective reactions while each lesson helps the nervous system to eliminate habitual patterns of muscular tension and discomfort.

1A. Tilting the legs/ Rolling the Feet (on back)
1B. Rolling the Head/ Bending the Legs (on back)
2A. Shoulder Circles (on side)
2B. Hip and Shoulder Movements (on side)
3A. Hip and Shoulder Movements
3B. Basic Flexion (on back)
4A. Breathing Movements (multiple positions)
4B. Pelvic Clock (on back)
5A. Bending Sideways (on back)
5B. Side Bending (on side)
6A. Diagonal Twist (on side)
6B. Feet Movements (on stomach)
7A. Tilting Legs (on stomach)
7B. Rolling Pelvis and Chest (on back)
8A. Head to Knee (on stomach)
8B. Extension Movement (on stomach)
Mark Reese, Ph.D.was one of the world's foremost authorities on the Feldenkrais Method. Mark studied with Moshe Feldenkrais in San Francisco, Amherst and Tel-Aviv, and taught practitioners in more than 30 domestic and international Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs. He taught advanced trainings throughout the world, including at both Esalen and the Omega Institute.
Mark published extensively on the Feldenkrais Method and related health issues, and is coauthor of Relaxercise (Harper Collins) a best-selling book of Feldenkrais lessons.He also appeared on television and radio. At the time of Marks passing on June 23rd, 2006 Mark was working on a biography of Moshé Feldenkrais.