Feldenkrais » What is it?
The Feldenkrais Method® is named for its founder, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. This method deepens one's sense of how the body moves, and offers strategies to make movement simpler and more fluid.
There are two ways to teach the Feldenkrais Method: Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®. Both applications are structured to evoke the nervous system's innate ability to learn, adapt, and change. This "neuroplasticity" of the brain has been documented in a wide range of scientific research and is proving that we're never too old to learn and change.
Awareness Through Movement lessons use verbal instructions to guide groups of students through deceptively simple and gentle movement sequences that help them learn to move their bodies more intelligently. These lessons are typically done while lying on an exercise mat, but may also be done in seated or standing positions. During the lesson, participants are encouraged to notice the various parts of their bodies involved in a particular movement that may otherwise escape their attention. The results are often surprising, but students find their attention engaged in a way that is unique and rewarding.
This is a one-on-one approach to working with students. It is generally non-verbal and uses gentle movement to bring about learning, change, and improvement. Each lesson is designed to meet the individual needs of the student. These lessons are done with the person fully clothed and, typically, while lying on a specially designed padded table.