The Feldenkrais® Method is a full-body process that improves the quality of life by a holistic approach that engages the whole person, rather than just appropriating physical engagement. It’s based on the body of work from Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais®, and it promotes somatic education through gentle, disciplined movements to enhance mobility, flexibility, and graceful coordination. The end result of the Feldenkrais® Method is that it awakens the brain completely, increasing the potential for growth in all areas, including the conscious mind and body.
The Feldenkrais® Method utilizes several aspects of life: awareness, movement, sensation, and environment, ultimately stimulating the nervous system to greatly impact physicality and emotions.
For seekers, learners, and students, there are two ways of learning and experiencing the lessons: private, individual sessions and open, group sessions. In group sessions, called Awareness Through Movement, as well as individual sessions, the body maximizes movement through imaginative expression, breathing, reading, stretching, jumping, and judo rolls or headstands. This results in improved functionality of physical fluidity, as well as mental capacity. The Feldenkrais® Method is also good for body revitalization after injury. To learn more about the Feldenkrais® Method, you can visit the official Feldenkrais® website.
Based on sound principles of anatomy, physics, neurology and physiology, the Feldenkrais Method®is recognized for its multi-faceted strategies it employs to improve posture, flexibility, coordination, and athletic and artistic ability. It is remarkably beneficial in helping those with restricted movement, chronic pain and tension (including back pain and other common ailments), as well as neurological, developmental and psychological problems. The Feldenkrais Method®, uses a process of movement, sensing and learning, to free you from habitual patterns, allowing for new patterns of thinking, moving and feeling to emerge.
Our early movement patterns and development as a baby underlie the foundation of Moshe Feldenkrais’ method. Finding the floor underneath you, experiencing the reliable support of the environment, engaging in somatic learning principles of curiosity, exploration and repetition, can lead to functional movements that are more refined, effortless, and sweetly pleasurable.
Benefits of the Feldenkrais® Method as explained by students Published on Oct 16, 2014
Gain greater flexibility and maximum length in your back. When we do abdominal exercises like sit-ups, only the strongest part of our abdominal muscle fibers gets stronger, while the weaker parts become relatively weaker. This lesson strives to engage all parts of the abdomen. Here's a sample clip from the Change Your Age program. Presented by Frank Wildman, GCFT, PhD. Published on Nov 9, 2012
"Every emotional state corresponds to a person’s conditioned pattern of muscular contractions.” - Moshe Feldenkrais
Without learning to know ourselves as intimately as we possibly can, we limit our choice. Life is not very sweet without freedom of choice. - Moshe Feldenkrais
“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally,” - J. Kabat-Zinn.