The Feldenkrais Method®

The Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education was developed in the 40’s by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). It provides holistic learning to facilitate movement, posture and breathing to ultimately increase the ease and range of our movement and improve flexibility and coordination. It improves one’s capacity to function in daily activities.

 

AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT® - Lessons in Self Help

 

In Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons a Feldenkrais Practitioner verbally guides a group through a sequence of movements. Students become more aware of how their habits may be restricting moving through life easily and pleasurably and learn new and easier options for movement. Lessons are done in a variety of positions, lying on the floor, sitting or standing.

 

The students discover how they perform a movement and will notice how the quality of movement changes in their body. Students learn awareness and how to let go of habitual patterns, opting for moving with less effort, greater ease of movement, greater flexibility and coordination

 

FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION® - Individual Practice

 

In this one-to-one learning process the movements are communicated through slow gentle intentional touch. The practitioner guides the student through a series of precise movements that alter habitual patterns and provide new learning directly to the neuromuscular system.

 

Functional Integration is especially useful for people who want to learn to overcome limitations brought on by stress, misuse, accident or illness. It is equally beneficial for people who want to perform and feel better physically and mentally.

Who can Benefit?

People of all ages, dancers, musicians and athletes with recurrent injury, people whose work involves repetitive tasks or those interested in preventing or relieving stiffness pain or strain, people suffering from stroke, MS, cerebral palsy or learning difficulties.

The Benefits

  • Improving and maintaining health and wellbeing
  • Discovering how habitual posture can contribute to pain and limit movement
  • Learning new and easier ways to do familiar tasks
  • Improving balance, increasing flexibility and coordination
  • Breathing more fully and more deeply
  • Recognising and easing tension

“The aim is a body that is organised to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength but by increased consciousness of how it works.”

 Moshe Feldenkrais