The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education®
Feldenkrais® is a movement education system that will teach you how to improve your movement in a deep way. People discover Feldenkrais® for a wide range of reasons, including looking for solutions to physical challenges or to improve in an art or sport. The method is gentle and accessible to all people. You will learn how to harness your natural ability to observe and experiment with your own individual movement patterns via guided, functionally based movements in an ideal learning environment. Learn to move simpler, lighter, and with more ease - whatever your unique challenges may be. When you learn to move easier, you also feel and function better. The idea is that your movement isn't separate from you —it IS you. Feel more embodied.
The Feldenkrais® method was invented by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), a physicist, engineer, and the 1st European Judo master. With his unique mix of knowledge and forward-thinking sensibility, Moshe Feldenkrais developed and shared his method over the course of decades, writing 9 books and holding 3 teacher training programs in the process.
Unlike currently popular methods of physical and mental therapy, Feldenkrais® addresses your movement from an integrated perspective, including such topics as calming your nervous system, using your brain to make lasting behavioral changes, developing one's kinesthetic skills (knowing where you are and how you move in space), and creating an environment in which experimental learning is encouraged. So instead of giving you a symptom/diagnosis-based, one-size-fits-all prescription, Feldenkrais® improves your movement through a personalized learning experience. You will learn to sense yourself in space more clearly, improve the quality of your movements, increase your movement choices, and better coordinate between the many parts of you with more confidence and clarity.
There are two ways to learn Feldenkrais®: in the group class format known as Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) and in the one-on-one format known as Functional Integration®(FI). ATM and FI use the same principals and overall approach, the main difference is that in ATM, you are verbally guided to do your own movements/ move yourself, and in FI, you are gently moved by an experienced guild certified practitioner. At this time, I'm fully certified to teach ATM, and I'm in my 4th and final year of training to offer Functional Integration® lessons. My weekly Awareness Through Movement® classes on Zoom are on hiatus while I focus on practicing FI. I am looking for volunteers with which to practice. To volunteer to practice FI with me, please contact me using the form below.