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The Feldenkrais Method®

“Movement in the living body does not occur as a separate and local phenomenon; rather, it takes place in the context of consistent co-ordination with all the other parts of the organism.  Movement becomes a skillful, formulated function by repetitively confirming its relationships throughout the entire network, activating some parts in a certain way while inhibiting others.”  - Moshe Feldenkrais

How The Feldenkrais Method began:
Moshe Feldenkrais D.Sc. (1904-1984) was a mechanical and electrical engineer, world-renowned physicist, and judo expert.  Drawing on his extensive knowledge of these fields as well as linguistics, biology, early childhood development and athletics, Dr. Feldenkrais avoided knee surgery and taught himself to walk without pain after a severe injury.  This event was the catalyst for the development of the Feldenkrais Method.

Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method of somatic education is a process of learning that improves both physical and mental functioning through the exploration of body movement patterns and the use of attention.  The FM is for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think and feel.  It helps people of all ages discover new options to move with less effort and/or pain, and with improved function.  Whether you want to be more comfortable sitting at the computer, playing an instrument, or learning to crawl or walk, these gentle movements can improve coordination, balance and performance. 

People who come to Feldenkrais Method lessons are referred to as students because learning underlines the basis of the method.  No matter what issue a student brings to the lesson, new options are discovered to move with less effort making daily life easier.

There are two main modalities of learning in the Feldenkrais MethodAwareness Through Movement and Functional Integration; both of which are safe and easy, inviting participants to move in only pain free ranges of motion.

Awareness Through Movement®
In Awareness Through Movement® classes, the teacher verbally guides the students through a series of gentle movements that are designed to help the student become more aware of easier options for movement.  Lessons are based on developmental movements like rolling and crawling; or juxtaposed positions, like from lying to sitting. As students learn to let go of limiting habits they soon discover new-found possibilities for walking, sitting, breathing and improved function in any activity.  After participating in class, students often express feeling taller, relaxed and thinking more clearly.  The learning process is full of pleasant surprises and personal breakthroughs, and the lessons are slow, self paced and pain free.

Functional Integration®
A Functional Integration® is a one-to-one, hands-on lesson specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of the student.  Practitioners, primarily through the use of their hands, guide students to new options for easier movement and function.  The quality of touch is noninvasive, and interactive in nature.  Students usually lie or sit, and are comfortably dressed.  The horizontal position is optimal to reduce the influence of gravity on the body, thereby freeing the nervous system from typical constraints.  This, in turn, allows the student to be more receptive to the potential for change and growth.


* Feldenkrais® Feldenkrais Method® Functional Integration® and Awareness Through Movement® are registered service marks; Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher® and Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM are certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America.

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