The Feldenkrais® Method of Movement Education

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Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-84

The Feldenkrais Method® was developed by the renowned movement educator, Judo master, and physicist, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. Feldenkrais’ mastery of Judo gave him a deep understanding of how to move powerfully and gracefully, while maintaining balance and presence. He combined this understanding with keen observations of the developmental process infants go through in order to learn how to control their movements, stand and walk. How we learn, how we can change, and how we can develop our potential, is the essence of his work. His work has been used worldwide for over 50-years to improve recovery from physical and neurological injuries, increase learning ability, and enhance athletic performance. There are two mutually supportive pathways for learning through the Feldenkrais Method®; Functional Integration®, and Awareness Through Movement®:

FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION®

Functional Integration® sessions are individual hands-on lessons tailored to your specific needs. They are done while you are lying down or sitting fully clothed on a low padded table. Through touch and gentle guidance you are led into experiences that can enhance your kinesthetic  awareness. This ‘awareness’ creates inner body knowledge that helps you recognize how you may be limiting your potential, and becomes a stepping stone towards learning healthier, more functional, and more graceful alternatives.

AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT®

Awareness Through Movement® lessons are verbally guided movement explorations designed to change the way your brain and nervous system coordinates movement. The lessons can help you discover how to move more freely, improve posture, balance better, walk easier, lift safely, and reduce chronic pain. Awareness Through Movement® is not only about learning to move better, yet can reduce stress and produce a feeling of calm, clarity, and self harmony. Lessons are often done in a group, yet can also be combined with individual Functional Integration® sessions.

 

 

Roll Like a Child: Beginner’s Mind

 Ernie’s Story about Dance & Feldenkrais®:

In 1976, I was a young modern dancer seeking to become part of the performing arts scene in San Francisco. I was looking for any way I could find to give me a competitive edge and open up my dance ability. I tried Rolfing, Yoga, Chiropractic, studied anatomy, and danced as much as I could. I felt stronger and healthier, yet my fundamental dance ability had not improved. One day my anatomy teacher told me about a “gentle” approach, called Feldenkrais that might help me develop my potential as a dancer. I was skeptical, but willing to try.

The lessons were deliciously slow and required very little effort. I felt for the first time how hard I had been pushing myself and realized I could not resolve my problem through applying more will power. I had become locked into using my body in certain habitual patterns that were limiting and sabotaging my ability. Somehow I had to find a way to use my body more intelligently and effectively. The Feldenkrais® lessons created a space where I could feel and explore ways of relating to my body that I had not considered before. They expanded the kinesthetic senses of my body, and I began to recognize I had choices and could change the way I used my body. It was exciting and empowering.

During the next few months my dancing “magically” became more expressive, more graceful, and more fun. Within a year I was performing and touring nationally with the highly acclaimed improvisational dance company, Mangrove. It was the beginning of a long and rewarding dance career. I became a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® in 1993.

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