What is the Feldenkrais Method?

"make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant."
-Moshe Feldenkrais

Named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984), the Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.
The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. By expanding the self-image through movement sequences, the Method brings attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness. Students become more aware of their habitual patterns and expand options for new ways of moving. By increasing sensitivity the Feldenkrais Method assists you to live your life more fully, efficiently and comfortably.
Who Benefits from the Feldenkrais Method?

The Feldenkrais Method is beneficial to anyone willing to learn about him or herself and recognize that living with discomfort does not have to be accepted.

Examples include:
  • Seniors wanting to maintain or regain mobility and stability
  • Athletes and Performing Artists seeking to enhance performance
  • Anyone wanting to work at a desk or do repetitive motion without discomfort
  • People suffering from chronic pain or recovering from an injury
  • Pregnant women wishing to find ease and comfort in their continually changing self
  • Adults and children with nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy
What to Expect in a Feldenkrais Lesson?

Feldenkrais lessons teach you the means to take charge of your own improvement and are offered in two ways, enabling you to discover which learning style is most appropriate for your needs.

  • Awareness Through Movement is a group class in which the Feldenkrais teacher verbally leads students through a sequence of movements intended to develop students' awareness of how they move.
  • Functional Integration is a one-on-one Feldenkrais lesson tailored to each student's individual learning needs. The teacher uses gentle touch to guide the student's movements.
More about Awareness Through Movement� and Functional Integration�

Awareness Through Movement lessons lead students through non-strenuous movement exercises to discover their habitual movement patterns and to open the door to new ways of moving. Students often state at the end of lessons that they feel taller, lighter, and more at ease in their movement. Group lessons consist of verbally directed movement sequences and are typically 45 minutes-1 hour in length. Awareness Through Movement� lessons are created for all levels of movement ability, from simple in structure and physical demand to more difficult lessons.

In Functional Integration, a student lies on a Feldenkrais table wearing comfortable clothing, and is guided by the practitioner through movement with gentle, non-invasive touch. The practitioner communicates and suggests through touch and movement, possibilities for moving in functional motor patterns that require less effort. The student's awareness of her habitual movement choices is awakened to make way for movement choices that will bring greater ease and efficiency. The practitioner develops a lesson for the student, custom-tailored to the unique configuration of that individual.

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