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 that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness, the Method enables you to include more of yourself in your functioning movements. Students become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and expand options for new ways of moving. Read more about the theories behind the work here
Feldenkrais is taught in two ways:
As Awareness through Movement® (ATM)
As Functional Integration® (FI) in one-on-one hands-on sessions
The Feldenkrais Method is named after the scientist and educator Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). He was an engineer, physicist, inventor, martial artist who brought Judo to the Western World and a master in the study of movement and human development.The precision, depth and joy of his work is applied today in diverse fields such as neurology, psychology, rehabilitation and in all areas of art and sports.
With this work, you will learn a lot about your actions and your body, as well as your thinking and your daily habits: ordinarily, we learn just enough to function. For example, we learn to use our hands well enough to eat, our legs well enough to walk. Our abilities to function with a greater range of ease and skill, however, remain to be developed. The Feldenkrais® method teaches—through movement—how we can improve our capabilities to function in our daily lives.
Feldenkrais® works with the newest neuroplasticity research and the joy of movement. You will refine your kinesthetic sense and sensory awareness using gentle movements, attention and your natural intelligence. It is well known among athletes, actors, dancers and musicians, who substantially improve their performance skills and prevent repetitive stress injuries with this work. Feldenkrais® is an insurance accredited method of Neuro-muscular Reeducation and is used within physical or occupational therapy services bylicensed Feldenkrais® practitioners to help persons with orthopedic or neurological problems.
In order to be a certified to practice Feldenkrais®, practitioners study about 800 hours in a 4 year program, participate in ongoing further education every year and apply for a license with the Feldenkrais guild.