the method

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
— Benjamin Franklin

what is it? 

The Feldenkrais Method® teaches—through sensing our own movement—how we can improve our capabilities to function in our daily lives, whether it’s lifting up a child, working at a computer, or training for the marathon. It helps us move more freely, carry less stress in our bodies, and stop doing things that cause us pain. 

Through self-inquiry, sensing, and uncovering novel movement patterns, it directs you to include more of your whole self in every movement.

 The method is taught in two ways:

1. Group classes (Awareness Through Movement®)

With gentle movements 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 which have been lost. This process brings greater ease, better understanding of yourself, and proportionately diminishing pain.

2. Private sessions (Functional Integration®)

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, your nervous system begins to utilize alternate patterns of action. Private lessons help in dealing with pain or complex situations not suited to a general class. 

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One of the additional benefits of studying the Feldenkrais Method is a heightened sense of self-awareness, perception, and concentration. Students use the tools learned in Feldenkrais lessons to improve a variety of high-performance activities, including bike racing, running, swimming, acting, singing, dancing, and creative writing.

 

where is it from?

The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of physics, martial arts, biomechanics, and an understanding of learning and human development. Its effectiveness lies in its ability to access the nervous system's innate ability to learn. 

Learning is the most powerful aspect of being human. The integrative power of the nervous system enables us to control the impact of environmental influences, to discard the responses we do not want, and select the ones we want. We can learn, over and over again, to choose vivid freedom, creativity and spontaneity instead of react in conditioned ways. 

Feldenkrais practitioners are trained to create learning scenarios instead of acquiring a fixed, repetitive technique. Feldenkrais will never be a series of pre-set movements, but rather a response to your needs, depending on your experience at the time. 

 
 

how long will it take?

 

It can take time to unwind years-old patterns and adopt new ones. The time frame is different for each person, just as each person's nervous system, personal history, and learning style is different. Like many things in life, such as getting into physical shape, undergoing psychotherapy, or mastering a martial art, the time and attention you bring to it is linked to your results. 

As your brain figures out that there are easier, more efficient ways to move, you start to feel your self in ways you never knew existed. Rather than telling you how to perform, Feldenkrais returns you to a deep internal knowing. If you decide to work with Feldenkrais whether in a class, at home, or with a practitioner, you will start to see many changes in your life.

 

moshe feldenkrais

 

The method was developed by physicist and Judo teacher Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). Informed by decades of Judo and engineering, Dr. Feldenkrais devised thousands of Awareness Through Movement lessons with novel movement patterns. 

The method's success stems from his ability to offer extensive variations and creativity in human movement. These variations access our innate ability to make new neurological connections, just as we did when we first tested new movement patterns as babies and children.

Read a chronological overview of Moshe's life.

Dr. Feldenkrais's books include:


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Once you believe you have discovered the correct way to do something your learning is finished. You will not seek further improvement. Ignorance is the prerequisite to learning, and the more comfortable we are revealing our ignorance to ourselves, the more we will learn.
— Moshe Feldenkrais