What is the Feldenkrais Method®?
The Feldenkrais Method is for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think, and feel. Whether you want to be more comfortable standing or sitting at your computer or performing a favorite hobby, these gentle lessons can improve you overall well being. Learning to move with less effort makes daily life easier. Because the Feldenkrais Method focuses on the relationship between movement and thought, increased mental awareness and creativity accompany physical improvements. Everyone can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method. After experiencing Feldenkrais® lessons, people often express feelings of relaxation and ease. They may breathe more freely and find their thoughts have more clarity. The learning process is full of pleasant surprises and personal breakthroughs. 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.
How are Feldenkrais Practitioners Trained?
All Feldenkrais practitioners must complete 800 hours of training over a 4 year period. Trainees participate in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration lessons, lectures, discussions, group process. Newtonian mechanics, physics, neurophysiology, movement development, biology, and learning theories are presented in the training programs.
What happens in a Feldenkrais Method Session?
In Awareness Through Movement®(ATM) lessons, the Feldenkrais teacher verbally leads you through a sequence of movements in basic positions: sitting or lying on the floor, standing or sitting in a chair. These precisely structured movement explorations involve thinking, sensing, moving, feeling, and imagining. There are hundreds of ATM lessons, varying in difficulty and complexity, for all levels of movement ability. These lessons occur in a group setting.
Private Feldenkrais lessons, called Functional Integration®(FI), are tailored to each student's individual specific needs. Communicating through touch and movement in addition to words, the teacher guides you in your one-on-one process of self-discovery. The student is lying on a table or in a sitting position. At times, various props (pillows, rollers, blankets) are used in an effort to support the student, or to facilitate certain movements.
Who benefits from the Feldenkrais Method?
Everyone can benefit from the Method. The Feldenkrais Method helps those experiencing chronic or acute pain of the back, neck, shoulders, hips, legs, or knees, as well as healthy individuals who wish to improve their posture, coordination, balance, flexibility and other movement abilities. The Method has been very helpful in dealing with scoliosis, anxiety and central nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and stroke. Musicians, actors, dancers, artist and athlets can extend their abilities and enhance their creativity. Seniors enjoy using it to retain or regain their ability to move without strain or discomfort.