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Feldenkrais MethodThe Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education that teaches you to move more efficiently and effectively. Using gentle motions, stretches and mental focus, it increases body awareness and improves human functioning for daily life. Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the method combines aspects of physical therapy, exercise and martial arts in a unique approach that retrains the nervous system so you can release rigidities, expand your range of motion, create better movement patterns, develop optimal skeletal alignment and live a pain-free life.
Unlike traditional exercise, Feldenkrais teaches you to move smarter, not stronger. Unlike therapeutic approaches, Feldenkrais is not a cure or fix - it's a physical re-education process.
There are two formats to the Feldenkrais Method, group classes and one-on-one instruction. The group classes are referred to as Awareness Through Movement and last 30-60 minutes. The instructor guides students through sequences of gentle movements in a sitting, lying or standing position and then progresses to more complex actions. The process involves thinking, sensing, moving and imagining so you learn how your whole body functions and how it can work more efficiently and comfortably.
One-on-one instruction is referred to as Functional Integration , and sessions often involve lying on a therapy table. The instructor guides students through tactile, kinaesthetic communication, gently touching them to help them move and stretch based on their individual needs. Because of this hands-on approach, many people think the Feldenkrais Method is akin to massage or chiropractic therapies. However, it is quite different - whereas massage works on muscles and chiropractic works on bones, Feldenkrais works on teaching the neuromuscular system to self-organize towards new and improved patterns of functioning.
The Feldenkrais Method is especially effective for those suffering from stress, chronic pain and injury but is also beneficial for athletes, performing artists and anyone who wants to overcome physical limitations and improve their flexibility, coordination, vitality, mental clarity and functional fitness.
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