You can experience Feldenkrais two ways:
Awareness Through Movement®
In group classes you learn to pay attention internally and sense yourself. You develop the ability to sense holding patterns and to let them go. This is then brought into larger, more dynamic movements. You learn to access, sense, and move parts of yourself that have been lost. This process brings greater ease, better understanding of yourself, and diminishing pain. (You can also listen to audio lessons at home.)
The potential of a private lesson is profound and powerful in its effects. The practitioner guides your movement with gentle hands-on work. By finding your particular pattern and guiding you to a new organization, you begin to utilize alternate patterns of action. Private lessons help with complex situations not suited to a general class.
I used to hate movement. I was always in pain, with poor coordination and even worse posture. By my twenties I was seeking help from numerous methods, therapies, and medical approaches. Through my long, frustrating search, I discovered the Feldenkrais Method®. It was the only thing that helped, and it affected me deeply. I began to understand that movement was a sensory process, even if I was unaware of it.
By training my awareness I learned to slow down and notice how I moved. This awareness of how I moved created more choice in my nervous system. I was able to let go of long-held patterns. Muscular responses I thought were fixed began to shift. Using Dr. Feldenkrais's ingenious learning strategies, I retrained the habitual neuromuscular responses that kept me stuck in a cycle of pain and limitation.
Everyone can learn: This is because humans are naturally adaptable. Utilizing this inherent skill, the Feldenkrais Method guides you through sensory feedback as you explore new movement strategies. By sensing how your whole self functions in every movement, you can increase efficiency, comfort, and coordination, as well as improve your mental and emotional states. You can relearn your whole life pattern if given the chance. Give yourself that chance.
Who can benefit?
People who want to:
- improve balance, flexibility, and coordination
- recover faster from injury or surgery
- stop feeling frustrated with limited movement
- rediscover efficiency and power
- better regulate your response to stress
- resolve difficult emotions by changing the underlying neuromuscular patterns
- stop expending unnecessary effort in cycling, running, hiking, yoga, and other endeavors
- improve function with a neurological condition such as stroke, seizures, or multiple sclerosis
- integrate action and intention as the nervous system calms and resets
- feel less scattered and more expansive, capable, and relaxed
- feel safe after a traumatic experience without attaching a story to it