About Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method® facilitates learning through lessons that explore movement, posture, breathing. The fruit of such learning is improved ability in all aspects of life.
The Feldenkrais Method is person-centred and is adapted for individuals and specific populations. As a result, it is beneficial in a wide variety of applications - from Childhood Development to Older Adults, Sport and Performance to Chronic Conditions, Injury Prevention to Rehabilitation. People of all ages can participate, from babies and children through to senior citizens with interests ranging from dancers, musicians and athletes to people seeking to relieve movement difficulties, stiffness or pain, or simply to learn a new way.
Participating in this unique learning process can lead to better health and well-being, improved attention, thinking ability, emotional resilience, posture, movement coordination and balance, easier ways of doing tasks, easier breathing, reduced pain and control over muscular tension.
The Feldenkrais Method is delivered in two distinct ways:
Classes called “Awareness Through Movement®” lessons (ATM) - a Feldenkrais practitioner guides the participants through a planned sequence of movement explorations. Attention is drawn to the process of each movement pattern. Through observing their movements, participants learn easier ways of moving in everyday activities. Exploration of movement in these classes is designed to improve overall wellbeing.
Individual lessons called “Functional Integration®” (FI) - is a hands-on process which addresses particular individual problems. Fl lessons are tailored to each client's needs. The Feldenkrais practitioner guides movements through precise touch. The client lies or sits, comfortably clothed, on a low padded table. The practitioner brings present habits into focus and offers new movement options. The learning is then applied to everyday activities such as reaching, sitting, standing and walking.
About the originator
Dr Moshe Feldenkrais (pronounced “fel-den-krice”) (1904-1984) was trained in mechanical and electrical engineering. A keen interest in martial arts, and personal knee injury, provided the impetus which led him to a lifetime study of the structure and function of humankind and the relationship between human development, education and movement.