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is an exploratory practice that brings awareness and refinement to how you move. It is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities to increase skill, comfort, agility, and efficiency in all activities -- from walking or typing at a desk to athletics and the performing arts. Feldenkrais is an excellent means of preventing/recovering from injury, developing your mind-body connection, and discovering potential you never knew you had.
Click here for a biography of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), founder of the Feldenkrais Method.
What happens in a Feldenkrais lesson?
Feldenkrais is practiced in group classes called Awareness Through Movement® (ATM), or in one-on-one sessions known as Functional Integration® (FI). In an ATM class, the instructor verbally guides students through slow, exploratory movement sequences designed to increase awareness and enhance neuro-motor coordination. Students typically lie or sit on soft, padded mats on the floor so that the habitual muscular organization they use when standing can shift. All movements are done with a minimal expenditure of effort with the intention of improving the quality of the movement -- often by eliminating unnecessary muscular activity -- rather than stretching, striving, or straining.
Functional Integration (FI) is the hands-on format of the Method, using gentle touch to increase the student’s awareness and teach more optimal patterns of self-organization. The student lies or sits fully clothed on a padded table, and the lesson begins with the student stating what he/she would like to learn or improve. One on one work is excellent for those who are injured or seeking help in a very specific area or function, or who simply desire a more hands-on, customized approach than the group classes offer. Ideally, students combine individual sessions with group classes.
Feldenkrais lessons use early human developmental activities like rolling, reaching, turning, bending, crawling, and moving from the floor to standing. As adults, because we tend to stop sitting on the floor exploring a wide range of playful activity, these fundamental movement patterns become less available, restricting our ease and pleasure in movement. Many students say that studying Feldenkrais makes them feel like a kid again, and helps them feel more creative, confident, and willing to try new things.