About Feldenkrais®

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 the nature of humanity and human 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 experiential learning is encouraged.  So instead of giving you a symptom-based, one-size-fits-all prescription,  Feldenkrais®  improves your overall health, function, and mood by providing you a layered experimental experience in observing your own personal movement habits. 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, optimizing your brain function and overall potential. 

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 training to offer Functional Integration® lessons. I currently teach Awareness Through Movement® classes online on Zoom. Learn more about my weekly ATM class here and my general offerings here. To volunteer to be a student with whom I practice FI while in training, please contact me.