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Josef DellaGrotte

DellaGrotte Core Movement Integration

Our method improves lives by engaging the body’s own mechanical and neural resources. We teach unique movement lessons and use manual techniques following 6 integrated core movement pathways to relieve pain by restoring healthy movement, balance & alignment—these fundamentals lead to wellness & fitness for life. ~Dr. Josef DellaGrotte

Dear Josef,
In my mind you should win the Nobel prize for medicine! I am totally out of the woods! Pain free [neck], going to the gym 4-5 times during the week and skiing with the kids at the weekend. It took a couple of weeks of hard work over the Christmas break doing the exercises, and I’m still doing them every day.
” ~Andrew Geall, PhD, RNA Vaccine Platform Technology Leader

Currently residing in Barre, Massachusetts, Josef DellaGrotte is one of the world’s foremost experts on improving posture-related disorders.

Since 1977 when he trained with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in the process of becoming one of the first certified Feldenkrais practitioners, DellaGrotte has been tirelessly studying the body, working with 1000’s of clients, training 100’s of practitioners, and evolving a whole new way to approach overall core structural health.

About Core Movement Integration

Dellagrotte Core Movement Integration (CMI) is a breakthrough technology for improving overall structural health with a minimum of effort. After participating in this program, participants reduce, and often eliminate, joint pain (especially knee, back, neck, elbow, wrist), sit and stand more comfortably and have the experience of a body that truly supports them.

CMI is the result of four decades of work by Dr. Josef Dellagrotte. It combines the best techniques and learnings from the past 40 years – from Feldenkrais to recent somatic science – to enable better posture, a stronger core and greater overall health.

“I believe Dr. Josef DellaGrotte does nothing less than raise the body’s IQ to levels I never imagined.” ~Frederick Goodwin

CMI is a method of improving body functioning by releasing and reorganizing neuro-myofascial pathways through the body’s pelvic-spinal core. The purpose is to not only address and eliminate pain syndromes, but to maintain and to “regenerate” the body through improving functional movements of every day life. The goal is to help people live longer and better, reversing the “degeneration” patterns and greatly reducing pain, arthritic conditions, and the need for replacing body parts. CMI is based on the brain/body’s power of healing and improving through smooth, efficient movement organization, right exercising, myofascial pathway science, and the principles of Dr. M. Feldenkrais.

CMI is a foundation for all other exercise and performance activities, as well as a therapeutic treatment education for repetitive motion injuries, plus back, hip, knee and shoulder-neck pain or chronic pain. Dellagrotte CMI works on integration, not isolation, using Dr. Feldenkrais’ awareness through movement process.

“This is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function. We’re condemning millions of people to a deteriorated old age that’s not necessary.” ~Margaret Mead, PhD, Anthropologist

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

“Any posture in itself is acceptable in itself as long as it does not conflict with the law of nature, which is that the skeletal structure should counteract the pull of gravity, leaving the muscles free for movement. The nervous system and the frame develop together under the influence of gravity in such a way that the skeleton will hold up the body without expending energy despite the pull of gravity. If, on the other hand, the muscles have to carry out the job of the skeleton, not only do they use energy needlessly, but they are prevented from carrying out their main function of changing the position of the body, that is, movement.” ~Moshe Feldenkrais

The CMI method is based on the principles of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, biomechanics, exercise physiology and somatic arts and sciences. The key is in connected movement using known biomechanical pathways of movement transmission, a new approach and technology. You begin by learning better body skills that emphasize less push-pull, more flow, with less pain, more gain.

The program is learned through workshops and classes and CDs/DVDs. The goal is true upright posture, flexibility, enhanced exercise ability for a lifetime of benefits – the way your body was meant to be.

 “I have long been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find this approach [The Feldenkrais Method] to be much more useful than standard physical therapy. I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.”
Andrew Weil, MD, Author of Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine