The Feldenkrais Method
About The Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method® is for anyone who wants to make the things they do easier, more efficient and pleasurable. Feldenkrais is a mind-body approach, which combines movement and awareness to help you move and live more comfortably and effectively, whether it is basic actions like sitting or walking, the daily demands of work and home, or your recreational activities – from painting and gardening to running or dance.
Injury, illness, pain, stress and the effects of aging can diminish your capacity and the enjoyment of your movement – and your life. Feldenkrais classes and individual sessions allow you to rediscover lost abilities and pleasure in your movement. Our clients and students regularly report they feel relaxed, energized and a positive, new experience of their body! The Feldenkrais® Method is an approach to working with people which expands their repertoire of movements, enhances awareness, and improves function. This is done by expanding the self-image through movement sequences that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness and uninvolved in functional action. Better function is evoked by establishing an improved dynamic relationship between the individual and gravity. The method enables people to include in their functioning, movements and parts of the body unconsidered, forgotten or excluded from their habitual actions or images of actions. By allowing a person to learn how their whole body cooperates in any movement, the Feldenkrais® Method assists people to live their lives more fully, efficiently and comfortably. The learning process is carried out without the use of any invasive or forceful procedure.
Health, Performance, Growth
You don’t have to do what you’ve always done. The Feldenkrais Method helps people from all over the world with a range of health conditions, fitness plans, and professional and personal goals. These include people with both short-term needs for pain relief, rehabilitation and recovery, and long-term goals of health, vitality and flexibility. Our clients come with specific needs that fall into three broad categories: health, performance and growth. Whether you are a professional violinist with neck pain, a weekend runner who wants to understand the connection between the ankle and hip, or an elder citizen seeking better balance, the Feldenkrais Method provides you the understanding, tools and strategies that enhance both your body and your brain for better results.
How is the Feldenkrais Method done?
Awareness Through Movement
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) classes provide an effective, economical and enjoyable way to explore and improve your movement, deal with pain and injury and discover more about your movement and yourself. Click here for more information regarding Awareness Through Movement classes.
Functional Integration® (FI) is the individual, hands-on form of the Feldenkrais Method. It works on the same principles as Awareness Through Movement® lessons. It is a highly individualized and highly effective way to address pain and movement difficulties, or to develop or refine skills, and to improve and expand your self-image. If you are dealing with significant difficulties, and other approaches have not provided significant help, Feldenkrais Functional Integration can offer a powerful and cost-effective approach. Likewise, for if you are seeking to regain or expand your performance in work, sports or the arts, Functional Integration offers precise, customized processes to help you improve in all your actions. And it feels good too! Click here for more information regarding Functional Integration classes.
Can I combine Functional Integration with Awareness Through Movement?
Yes, doing Awareness Through Movement concurrently with Functional Integration can be very beneficial, as learning in one mode of the Feldenkrais Method is reinforced in another. Often, when your needs are more acute, it may be better to begin with Functional Integration. Then, as you progress, it may be appropriate to do Awareness Through Movement classes or recorded lessons as well as, or instead of, Functional Integration.
Who Would Benefit?
Anyone – young or old, physically challenged or physically fit – can benefit from the Method. Feldenkrais is beneficial for those experiencing chronic or acute pain of the back, neck, shoulder, hip, legs or knee, as well as for healthy individuals who wish to enhance their self-image. The Method has been very helpful in dealing with central nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and stroke. Musicians, actors and artists can extend their abilities and enhance creativity. Many Seniors enjoy using it to retain or regain their ability to move without strain or discomfort.
Through lessons in this method you can enjoy greater ease of movement, an increased sense of vitality, and feelings of peaceful relaxation, After a session you often feel taller and fitter, breathe more freely and find that your discomforts have eased. You experience relaxation, and feel more centered and balanced.
Here are examples of recent successes students have accomplished after work with the Feldenkrais® Method:
A 42 year old computer programmer with incipient wrist problems is able to increase his speed on the keyboard after learning how to use his arms and hands more efficiently
A 28 year old woman goes through her third pregnancy, but the first one without back pain
A 55 year old woman is able to lift her affectionate 2 year old granddaughter without straining her back
A 40 year old cellist becomes so creative in developing new, less strained positions to play in that she able to extend her musical repetoire
A 9 year old with learning disabilities can read a full page competently and gains self-confidence in his intelligence
A 19 year old diver is able to visualize and perform the complex series of movements needed to accomplish an intricate endeavor more proficiently
A 78 year old man walks a mile daily, free of chronic knee pain he’s had for 30 years
A 32 year old man learns to reuse his hands after a crippling auto accident
Well know people who have found the Feldenkrais Method® beneficial include P.G.A. pros Duffy Waldorf and Rick Acton, NBA star Julius Erving, anthropologist Margaret Mead, neuroscientists Dr. Karl Pribram and Dr. Oliver Sachs, former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, cellist Yo Yo Ma, and celebrities Helen Hayes, Whoopi Goldberg, and Norman Cousins.