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The Brain's Way of Healing
Norman Doidge, M.D.,The Brain's Way of Healing


 
by Norman Doidge, M.D.
The publication of New York Times best-selling author Norman Doidge’s The Brain's Way of Healing is an exciting moment for those of us who use and enjoy, and teach and study the Feldenkrais Method because it includes two chapters on how the Feldenkrais Method can promote healing through neuroplastic changes. It also includes mention of our very own David Zemach-Bersin, cofounder of Feldenkrais Resources and a frequent teacher at the Feldenkrais Institute of San Diego.

In his last book, The Brain That Changes Itself, Dr. Doidge takes as his subject the brain’s ability to change its own structure and function in response to experience—a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. This adaptability has only recently become widely accepted in the medical community. In his new book, The Brain's Way of Healing, Dr Doidge explores a variety of approaches to neuroplastic healing. Dr. Doidge shows how the brain’s capacities are highly dynamic, and that the brain’s sophistication allows for a unique and gentle kind of healing.
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by Norman Doidge, M.D.
In his last book, The Brain That Changes Itself, Dr. Doidge takes as his subject the brain’s ability to change its own structure and function in response to experience—a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. This adaptability has only recently become widely accepted in the medical community. In his new book, The Brain's Way of Healing, Dr Doidge explores a variety of approaches to neuroplastic healing. For centuries, scientists and doctors believed that our brain was essentially “fixed,” and that it was impossible for us to recover abilities lost due to damage or disease. In The Brain’s Way of Healing, Dr. Doidge shows how, on the contrary, the brain’s capacities are highly dynamic, and that the brain’s sophistication allows for a unique and gentle kind of healing. In addition to writing about the Feldenkrais Method, Dr. Doidge also describes how light, sound, vibration, and movement can pass through our senses and bodies to awaken the brain’s “plastic,” transformative capacities without surgery or medication (thus without their side effects or risks).

In his accessible style, Dr. Doidge details the ways in which Dr. Feldenkrais was ahead of his time, as he developed a nuanced understanding of how our brain works and discovered ways to use the brain’s neuroplasticity to first address his own physical limitations, and then, to offer hope and help to others. The book includes stories of patients whose chronic pain has been alleviated, and about individuals who have recovered their ability to walk, talk, and lead full lives after suffering debilitating strokes. Dr. Doidge also includes accounts of people with long-standing brain injuries that have been cured or vastly improved, children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders who have used neuroplastic techniques to achieve normal lives, and patients who have seen their symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy radically diminished. In addition to being a best-selling author and doctor of medicine, Norman Doidge is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, and the Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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