This week we are very excited to have a heart moment with Michael Cann. Michael is a talented Feldenkrais practitioner and talks with us about his healing journey. We are also thrilled that Michael is running a Healing Series workshop next Wednesday at 6pm, more details here
Enjoy this heartfelt connection with Michael!
Tell us about your modality and how can it help people?
Many people struggle to enjoy the activities they love because of pain, stiffness, soreness, and declining physical confidence. If you are one of them, chances are you have tried some treatments that leave you feeling much better. The trouble is, sometimes your problems come back within days or weeks of each treatment. You love the relief and support you get from your treatments, and you might appreciate having medications that manage symptoms. But in your heart of hearts you want to feel like you can depend on your body again. You would love to reduce your dependence on medication. And you would like your treatments to feel like an investment in your flourishing wellbeing rather than an emergency response.
I help people who are experiencing pain, discomfort and declining physical confidence to reduce their dependence on medications and urgent treatments by mastering the use of their own bodies. The method I use is called the Feldenkrais Method.
2. What led you to this modality – tell us a bit more about your journey
I tried Feldenkrais on the recommendation of my singing teacher. I had no idea what it was or how it worked. All I knew was that it was supposed to improve my voice technique. I had four sessions. They were so gentle, I could hardly believe they did anything at all. And yet the difference was unmistakable. I felt different walking, standing, turning and breathing. I immediately stopped experiencing neck pain, which used to send me to a chiropractor or myotherapist every few weeks. I enjoyed the benefits of my sessions and went on with life.
Two years later, I was managing a climate change mitigation project. I was struggling with the conundrum of human behaviour. Why, I wondered, are people so resistant to new ways of doing things - even when they are easily achievable and demonstrably better? What does it take for a new behaviour to stick?
As I walked to lunch one day, it dawned on me. The reason I hadn't had neck pain in two years was because I was doing something differently. Whatever had happened two years before had not only changed my behaviour, but the change had lasted - effortlessly. It was obvious that the Feldenkrais Method held a key to human behaviour that I did not understand, so I enrolled in a Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program.
Since then, Feldenkrais has transformed my experience of my body and my understanding of the human brain. It has given me an amazing way to work with people to produce sustained improvements to their lives. I have never looked back.
3. Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?
I get my greatest inspiration from my students. One reason is their attitude - their spark of interest in life, and their openness to new possibilities. Also, it is amazing to feel their innate learning process happening under my hands. Every day my students affirm the human capacity for learning, change, resilience and optimism. That's what I call inspiring!
4. Finally, in just one line, what is a piece of advice you live by?
Muscle shortness is a feature of your brain, not your muscle tissue. Don't stretch your muscles. Stretch your brain.
Thanks so much for sharing your story Michael!
My name is Michael Cann and I am a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
I work with people who experience pain, discomfort and declining physical confidence, and who are looking for ways to flourish while reducing their dependence on medications and short term treatments.
I was introduced to Feldenkrais by my singing teacher, and was struck by how simply and lastingly it changed my movement. Eventually I became incurably curious about how it worked, and became a practitioner to find out!
I am a father of two young children who challenge my neuroplasticity daily, and who inspire me with their fast learning and inquisitiveness.