What is Feldenkrais?

What is Feldenkrais?

In short: it is about movement and the brain.

Movement means being alive. We are meant to be in motion. It makes us who we are. It fills us with vitality and a sense of aliveness.

When muscular and/or skeletal injury or dysfunctions cause movement limitations, injuries, or pain, we experience ourselves as compromised.

Modern living—sitting for long hours, stress, lack of sleep, injuries, or trauma—often contributes to the decline of our functional movements and therefore to our overall well-being. We’ve come to expect this decline as part of aging.

The Feldenkrais Method® is a powerful resource for restoring or improving our ability to move. It engages the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life — a process science calls neuroplasticity.

The Feldenkrais Method addresses the whole person – not just symptoms or disfunctions. It creates a learning environment in which sensing and exploration of movement is the key to learning, finding possibilities, and increasing well-being. 

You can’t teach anyone anything, you can only create the conditions in which they can learn.

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method is taught in two forms:

  • Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons are verbally led and can be taught to groups or studied alone from recordings, text, or memory. In Feldenkrais we use movements not for the sake of physical achievements, but to increase our awareness of how we move. Our ability to sense ourselves and to notice differences lies at the heart of these lessons. These lessons engage our curiosity — the brain and not just the body! In that sense Feldenkrais is not to be confused with exercise.
  • Functional Integration (FI) lessons are hands-on lessons with a practitioner who uses a gentle, non-invasive touch, and the student fully-clothed, is usually lying on a low, comfortable table.
    In a Functional Integration lesson, the interaction between the practitioner and the recipient is tailored to individual needs, experiences, and learning goals. The nervous system of the practitioner communicates through movement and touch with the recipients nervous system, opening up possibilities of movement through reduced muscular effort during passive and active movement explorations. Again, the interaction is about expanding awareness and increasing the ability to sense oneself and allowing new options to emerge and engaging the brains capacity to learn.

Comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement is highly recommended.

Why does Feldenkrais work?

  • Movement are executed slowly, with curiosity and attention. 
  • Bringing awareness to our movements enhances our ability to sense ourselves and to make distinctions in how we move.
  • When we learn to sense differences we can choose what feels preferable, easier, and well-organized.
  • When we have options and choices, we can choose to change. 

The truly important learning is to be able to do the thing you already know in another way. The more ways you have to do the things you know, the freer is your choice. And the freer your choice, the more you’re a human being.

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

Who is it for?

  • Anyone seeking efficient, skillful, and sustainable movement.
  • Anyone curious about greater self-awareness for the purpose of pain reduction, performance enhancement (day-to-day/athletic/artistic), self-discovery, creativity, and over all improvement of quality of life. 
  • People of all ages and abilities.

Lessons are safe, enjoyable and broadly effective. Like all learning,

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