The Feldenkrais Method®
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Moshe Feldenkais, physysist, judo master and student of fdevelopmental....
“It is not just a method of body movement, but rather an awakening bodily resourcefulness and creativity.” –Ruthy Alon
What is most important:
You! Your comfort, your curiosity, your learning process.
You are your own guide.
Listen to when you need to rest and only continue exploring the movements for as long as is interesting and pleasurable. Slow down and explore the details of your experience.
Where can you reduce your effort?
What is the quality of your attention?
How do you find ease within challenge?
Pain is a door:
Many people come to the Feldenkrais Method for pain relief. You will get that and so much more.
Pain is saying listen!
What does it mean to really listen? When you observe yourself in movement---sometimes it’s uncomfortable. We speed up to skip over unwanted sensations. Our ambition to be good and do it right interferes with our learning and contributes to our pain. When you are willing to bring patience, honesty, humility, and care to your discomfort and frustrations, a space opens up. New possibilities for acting and sensing emerge and pain dissipates.
"I am going to be your last teacher. Not because I'll be the greatest teacher you may ever encounter, but because from me you will learn how to learn. When you learn how to learn, you will realize that there are no teachers, that there are only people learning and people learning how to facilitate learning." – Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
To Correct is Incorrect:
Finding ease in your movement directly impacts your everyday life. Achieving or performing a specific movement is not as important as attending to HOW you move. How do you experience moving from intention to action? The lessons can be done entirely in your imagination and you will still benefit.
The benefit is greatest when you do less. That is the power of neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity = brain’s ability to CHANGE
The process of attending to your sensation and reducing your effort in the lessons will teach you strategies for finding ease and new options in other areas of your life.
The lessons are like structured playgrounds to experiment inside of. The process mirrors how a baby learns to move. We learn through exploration.
In the Feldenkrais Method, you are rewarded if you are patient
o By slowing down and reducing effort, you feel more of a difference
o Adding layers of complexity makes you realize how clear your basic/original movements are
"You can't be creative if you refuse to be confused."– Margaret Wheatley
What happens when you are told to do something that you don't know how to do? Or when you're told to do something you don't want to do? Do you do it anyway? What is the quality of your experience? Read more about confusion and the creative process here.
o We add extra effort to our movement
o Feldenkrais is looking to reduce effort
o *Our ambition to do it “correctly” adds effort
· People have different tolerances for confusion
o Are you more or less tolerant for confusion?
o Learning to enjoy the moment of not knowing what is happening
· The pressure is off in ATM because there is no need to “get it right”
o Particularly a result of our society, constantly pressuring us to get things right
§ If we take a test, the goal is to get the questions right
§ If we are fixing the kitchen sink, we need it fixed so we have to fix it right
Why do the Feldenkrais Method®?
- Learn to move with curiosity and pleasure
- Increase flexibility in body and mind
- Reduce pain + stress
- Love and accept your body
- Deepen self awareness and mindfulness
- Access your creative potential
There are 2 ways to experience Feldenkrais:
Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons
are verbally guided movement sequences, which help to clarify fundamental biological movement patterns and bring you closer to your potential. By slowing down, reducing your effort, and becoming aware of your habits and preferences in movement, more of your whole self becomes involved in every action. Previously unseen possibilities become available. Your system becomes more efficient and free to move with ease and spontaneity. For most, a difference can be felt after one lesson. Repeated regular attendance deepens your sensitivity and ability to integrate these profound shifts into your everyday movement and life.
What is the purpose of Functional Integration?
To help you learn to move and act in easier and more efficient ways.
To help you access your potential.
To help you live your dreams.
Why is it called a lesson?
The intention is not to “fix” or “treat" you.
The focus is on creating a context for learning.
I will listen to your history, what you are experiencing, what your interests are.
I will observe how you do a few movements and then feel with my hands how you move.
Together, we will discover your habits/ biases.
We will explore options/variations.
We will clarify fundamental movement patterns and connections.
You will learn to move in new ways.
You will learn how to distribute movement throughout your entire self.
What is the touch like?
The touch is very gentle - a conversation between our nervous systems.
I will move you slowly, in an easy range, feeling how movement passes through you, helping to take over extra work you are doing.
You will become aware of where you are holding and find yourself letting go.
You will feel how the the different parts of you are connected through movement.
You will have a new experience of yourself.
Who is it for?
People in pain or who have lost mobility.
People who are looking for a gentle entry into being in their bodies. Musicians, dancers, artists, athletes who want to go to the next level.
less: pain & stress
more: ease, flexibility, balance & power
• improved posture
• improved body image
• awakened creativity
• increased vitality
• enhanced well-being
“What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.” - Moshe Feldenkrais