What is the Feldenkrais Method?

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

The  Feldenkrais Method is named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984), a Russian born physicist, mechanical engineer, judo expert and educator.

 

The Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic teaching that uses gentle movement and directed focus to enhance human functioning and improve movement. Through Feldenkrais, improvements can be made to flexibility and coordination, increasing the ease and range of motion, and assisting the rediscovery of your natural capacity for flowing, efficient movement. These improvements will often enhance functioning in other aspects of your life.

The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. By expanding the self-image through movement sequences that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness, the Feldenkrais Method enables you through this increased awareness, to include more of yourself in your functioning movements. Students become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities, expanding their options for new ranges of movement. Thus assisting the practitioner to live life more fully, efficiently and comfortably.

The improvement of physical functioning is not necessarily seen as an end in itself, as such improvement is based on developing a greater functional awareness, which is often a gateway to more generalised enhancement of physical functioning in the context of your environment and life.

Feldenkrais is accessible to all, whether young or old, physically challenged or physically fit, all of whom can benefit from its lessons. It is especially beneficial for anyone who experiences chronic or acute pain of the back, neck, shoulder, hip, legs or knee, as well as for healthy individuals. It has been seen to be very helpful in dealing with central nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and stroke.

Through lessons in Feldenkrais, you can enjoy greater ease and enjoyment of movement, an increased sense of vitality, and feelings of peaceful relaxation. After a session you often feel taller and lighter, breathe more freely and find that your discomforts have eased.