Feldenkrais FAQs

What is the Feldenkrais Method® ?

The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic-based approach for harnessing the power of neuroplasticity through the mind-body connection. Gentle movements activate and reorganize your nervous system, so you can think clearer, feel better, move easier, with more power, and be your most productive self.

Anyone of any ability can do these lessons. If you have never done Feldi before, get ready for something new, subtle and surprisingly profound!

Who is it good for?

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 and 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?

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.

Functional Integration®

Private, one-on-one lessons, are called Functional Integration, and are tailored to each student’s individual needs.

The teacher guides movement using gentle touch and/or verbal instructions. Students are fully clothed, lying down, sitting, or standing. Lessons can be done in-person or online.