Feldenkrais® Method

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Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais can help anyone improve their coordination, posture, balance and ease of movement.
 
The Feldenkrais Method is a physical education process more akin to learning to play an instrument or learning a new language because it requires learning to make sensory-based physical distinctions and sense physical nuances as we increase our awareness.
 
The Method utilizes that fact that our nervous system and our body is the primary vehicle for learning.
 
What the Feldenkrais Method is Not

  • It is not like Yoga or Pilates.
  • It is not like massage or bodywork
  • It is not like Physical Therapy.
  • It is not like Tai Chi or Qi Gong
  • It is not like Zumba
  • It is not exercise as it goes beyond stretching and strengthening.

The Feldenkrais Method addresses deep neurological habits that can lead to movement limitations, pain and stress.
 
The Feldenkrais Method can help us learn to organize and coordinate our movements with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through increased strength but through increased awareness of our senses through movement.
 
 
HOW DOES THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD WORK?
 
Central nervous systemFirst, it’s useful to understand how our brains and bodies work together as a system.  A helpful way to perceive this system is to think of our brain and our body as One Big Brain with two aspects.
 
These two aspects of our Big Brain are in constant communication informing each other through the sensory and neuro motor system (Learn more). 

Our brain organically creates thoughts and feelings, as it creates the quality and style of all our movements. All of our physical movements are organized and coordinated by our brain. Our brain is as much an avenue into our body as our body is into our brain. Our body, which includes all of our organs and senses, inform our brain how to coordinate all our movements.
 
Just as we develop habits of thought we also develop postural and movement habits. Habits are not good or bad but simply strategies our brain develops to function in the world.
 
Many of our movement habits are useful and help us survive and thrive.  Other habits contribute to stiffness, limited mobility, lack of coordination, poor strength and poor stability and can make us vulnerable to injury and pain.
 
The Feldenkrais Method expands the connection between our brain and our body through novel movement explorations and very specific ways of honing in our senses and our attention. This process helps expand our movement repertoire as we learn new ways of moving that are more coordinated, stable and stronger.
 
WHO IS THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD FOR?
 
Beach RunnersChildren with neurological disorders
 
Older adults who wish to maintain their mobility as they age.
 
People with postural dis-orders that contribute to stress and pain.
 
Dancers and Athletes benefit greatly from more coordinated smoother movement and the decrease of physical resistance from unfelt tense movement habits.
 
Musicians benefit from improving their breathing, their posture and their physical relationship to their instrument. As musicians gain greater body awareness in connection to their instrument, preventing and recovering from repetitive stress injuries becomes easier.
 
Actors can learn to easily inhabit a variety of postures and better embody characters by honing in on their kinesthetic skills, further developing their senses, increasing their dexterity and their physical imagination.
 
 
THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD® consists of two modalities of learning.
Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®
 
 
Awareness Through Movement® Lessons are done in a class setting with a group.
 
In Awareness Through Movement Lessons, people engage in precisely structured movement explorations that involve thinking, sensing, moving and imagining.
 
I verbally guide a group of students through sequenced movement explorations without visual demonstrations. Without visuals you have the opportunity to interpret the instructions by thinking and sensing. I guide your attention to highlight and develop your awareness through your senses.
 
This process helps you create a kinesthetic map of your movement habits as you learn to discover new ways of moving that feel easier and more coordinated. This can be done in a variety of positions, lying down, sitting, standing and walking.

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The movement explorations are not as physically challenging as they can be mentally challenging, because they’re designed to allow your brain to learn through explorations that may lie outside of your movement and perceptual habits.
 
An Awareness Through Movement Class lasts approximately 45 - 60 min.
 
Fees: $15 per class or a Series of 4 classes for $50
Place and Time: To be announced

 
Functional Integration® Lessons
 
Hip AdjustmentThese are one on one private lessons that address your specific tailored needs. Together we explore your movement habits, your movement blind spots, what is easy for you to do and what is difficult or maybe impossible.
 
Using touch, verbal and physical guidance, to help heighten and inform your awareness, I guide you through movement explorations. Because I listen and take cues of the paths of least resistance from your nervous system the touch is informative, with no attempt or intention to force or impose any movement.
 
From these explorations I develop a mini movement lesson for you to practice at home.
 
Fee: $120 per session.
 
 
HOW DO WE START THE PROCESS?
 
Shoulder AdjustmentFor Functional Integration it begins with a brief phone conversation to determine whether a consultation is appropriate. 
 
The initial consultation gives you an opportunity to experience what it’s like to work with me, and gives me an opportunity to assess your difficulties and needs so I can determine if I can be of service.
 
The initial consultation also includes verbally guided movement explorations as well as physical guidance, meaning I will be moving you with my hands.
 
 
WHAT DO I WEAR?

Comfortable and unrestricted clothing that allows you to move easily. Wear layers if you tend to run cold.

 

ABOUT THE CREATOR

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais 1904 – 1984

Moshe FeldenkraisBorn in the Ukraine, Dr. Feldenkrais left his home at age 14 to join a trek to Palestine.  By his mid-twenties he earned degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering and then became a high-ranking Judo master who helped bring Judo to the western world.  After earning a doctoral in Science from the Sorbonne, he entered the then new field of nuclear physics and in the 1930’s, he directed the Curies’ Radium Laboratory in Paris.
 
Dr. Feldenkrais left his academic career after World War II and created an entirely new field of education using the body as the primary vehicle for learning.
Dr. Feldenkrais introduced his method to Israel in the 1950s, a country torn by war, where people came to him seeking help for serious damage incurred to their brains and bodies. During this period he dedicated himself to understanding how people could learn their way out o pain and limitation.
 
Dr. Feldenkrais assembled a vast repertoire of movements, mapping out the possibilities of the human nervous system to improve functioning, regardless of age or overall conditioning. He developed well over 1,000 Awareness Through Movement lessons, expressing over 20,000 unique movements.
 
Today there are approximately 10,000 Feldenkrais practitioners worldwide and many thousands of people who have been helped by his method.

Learn more about Dr. Feldenkrais