The Mitzvah technique is a type of Postural Neuromuscular Education method, adapted from the Alexander Technique™ and Feldenkrais®. It is a physical fitness education technique which can address spinal and postural problems as a preventative and remedial measure.
Mitzvah was founded by M. Cohen-Nehemia, an Israeli dancer and choreographer. Nehemia became interested in the injuries sustained by dancers and how he could potentially treat them.
After studying the Alexander Technique and spending some time learning about the Nomadic culture of the Bedouin of the Sinai Desert, he discovered the Mitzvah Mechanism and integrated Bedouin culture into Alexander Technique study and practice.
Treatment involves a two-part technique. Practitioners use postural exercises and then manipulation techniques to re-train and correct posture. This allows the body to be balanced with gravity and to maintain correct spinal posture while in motion.
Mitzvah can help address postural issues related to poor body posture habits such as slouching, repetitive activities, or poorly designed ergonomic environments. It can also help address tension and stress build-up issues, postural difficulties, headaches, injures, and neck, back, joint, and spinal problems.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.