The Feldenkrais Method®
Functional Integration® involves the use of gentle, non-invasive touch to facilitate improved movement and coordination of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. The result is often improved comfort, balance, flexibility, relaxation, and pain relief...improving your palette of mobility.
Awareness Through Movement®
During Awareness Through Movement® classes, students are verbally guided through movement sequences. The movements are slow and gentle, allowing for sensing, awareness, and learning about individual habits and patterns as well as minimizing unnecessary muscular effort. Benefits often include improved ease and efficiency of movement, flexibility, posture, and comfort.
The Feldenkrais Method is named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984) [about], a Russian born physicist, judo expert, mechanical engineer and educator.
The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to 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 Method enables you to include more of yourself in your functioning movements. Students become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and expand options for new ways of moving. By increasing sensitivity the Feldenkrais Method assists you to live your life more fully, efficiently and comfortably.
The improvement of physical functioning is not necessarily an end in itself. Such improvement is based on developing a broader functional awareness which is often a gateway to more generalized enhancement of physical functioning in the context of your environment and life.