What is the Feldenkrais Method® ?
Who is it good for?
Anyone of any ability can do these lessons. The Feldenkrais Method helps those with pain, as well as healthy and athletic folks who wish to enhance their power, speed, coordination and flexibility. Musicians, dancers, actors, artists and other performers use these lessons to access their creativity and enhance their skills.
The lessons are designed to meet you at your own level, so anyone can get something from the lessons.
Is it like yoga or Pilates?
Awareness Through Movement® classes are similar to yoga or Pilates classes in that they are group classes lead verbally by an instructor. However, in Feldenkrais, the classes are lessons rather than exercises.
When you exercise, you work to push your limits. In Feldenkrais, what you can do is much less important than discovering HOW you do it. This is accomplished by finding ways to make things as easy as possible.
Each lesson is designed for you to learn more about yourself and discover more effective ways of doing things. So, practicing the Feldenkrais Method can improve your yoga, Pilates, and anything else you do.
How does it differ from massage & chiropractic?
In massage, the practitioner is working directly with the client’s muscles; in chiropractic, with the client’s bones. These are structural approaches that affect change through changes in physical structure.
The Feldenkrais Method works with the client’s nervous system and its ability to self-regulate, coordinate and reorganize for more efficient movement and mental clarity.
What happens in a session?
There are two modalities: Awareness Through Movement®, and Functional Integration®.
Awareness Through Movement
In Awareness Through Movement classes, the teacher verbally leads students through a sequence either on the floor, standing, or sitting. By moving with increasing awareness, students discover their unique habits, and explore new alternatives.
There are hundreds of lessons, varying in complexity, for all levels of ability. A lesson generally lasts 45 to 60 minutes.