The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education®
People discover Feldenkrais® for a range of reasons: to recover from an injury, find relief from chronic pain, excel in an art or sport, find new options for healing a disfunction or disease, sit or walk more comfortably in daily life, explore alternative psychological therapy, or reduce stress ... Whatever your reason, Feldenkrais® will teach you how to sense and feel your own individual movement habits through slow, gentle, and safe movements that integrate your whole self. Learn to move simpler, lighter, and with more ease - whatever your unique challenges may be. When you learn to move easier, you also feel better. The idea is that your movement isn't separate from you - it IS you. Improve your movement, improve your self.
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 experience in which you can 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.
There are two ways to learn Feldenkrais®: in the group class format known as Awareness Through Movement® and in the one-on-one format known as Functional Integration®. At this time, I'm in training to offer Functional Integration® lessons. Please contact me to be put on my list of students I work with while in training or to be notified when I finish training. I currently teach Awareness Through Movement® classes online on Zoom. Learn more about the class here.