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What is the Feldenkrais Method?

“Feldenkrais 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 Ph.D. in Human Health, Anthropologist

Feldenkrais?? How do you say it?
Let's start by pronouncing it... Feldenkrais - Rhymes with Paradise!

The Feldenkrais Method® leads to a change in your actions, in how you think, and a huge change in how you feel. It is a remarkable learning experience.

Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., (1904-1984) - a physicist, engineer, martial artist, and educator developed the Method by studying the direct relationship between bodily movement and the ways we think, feel, learn, and act in the world. We improve our well being when we learn to fully use ourselves. The Method is a gentle, respectful way for people to learn - through movement - how to function in a more efficient and less painful way. It is taught by two complementary modalities; group classes are called Awareness Through Movement®, hand one to one, hands on, session unique to you, is called Functional Integration®.

 

Benefits of the Feldenkrais Method® include:

 

  • Increased flexibility and agility

  • Improved posture, coordination, and balance

  • Ease of chronic pain

  • Reduction of emotional and physical stress

  • The ability to overcome and avoid injuries

  • Refinement of skills for athletes, musicians and dancers

  • Improved energy efficiency and breathing
  • Improved ability to learn

  • Increased self-confidence and quality of life

  • Attend to his/her whole self

  • Eliminate unnscessary, but familiar, holding and energy expenditure

  • Mobilize his/her intentions into actions

 

Awareness Through Movement® lessons are generally in a class setting. Students explore movement sequences according to the verbal directions of the teacher/practitioner. As a student, you discover how you do the movements and notice the quality of changes in your body, your self. You learn to relax and to abandon habitual patterns. Through the subtle ATM movements, you learn to expand options for new ways of moving while increasing sensitivity and improving sensitivity.

By experiencing the details of how one performs any action, you have the opportunity to learn how to discover options that will imnprove and energize your life.

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Functional Integration® - lessons are more individualized learning experiences between the teacher and the student. This is a hands-on approach that is non-invasive. Through this gentle touching, you get information that can help you perceive what you are doing that is causing you discomfort or is interfering with what you want to be doing.

As babies, we learn how to move by the time we are two years old. After that, we learn to increase our skill in an activity, but our general strategies have already been learned.

As we age, experience an accident or trauma, overuse parts of our self, or develop a disease, the strategies that we learned as children no longer work for us. We must develop new strategies and new options for function. The Feldenkrais Method® gives us that opportunity, to move like children, to learn to move with comfort and pleasure again.

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Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.” - Moshe Feldenkrais D.Sc.  

 

2 Photos: Photography by Rosalie O'Connor (www.rosalieoconnor.com) Copyright 2005, Rosalie O'Connor. Used with permission of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America.