THE FELDENKRAIS® METHOD
WHAT CAN THE FELDENKRAIS® METHOD TEACH YOU?
- Movement with greater ease and without unnecessary effort
- Relief from pain and tension
- Greater flexibility and better coordination
- Move with joy
- Expand your movement possibilities
- Improve your ability to sense your body
- Quality relaxation and better stress management
- Increase and maintain the quality of your life
THE FELDENKRAIS® METHOD OFFERS TWO WAYS OF HOW TO GUIDE THE PROCESS OF LEARNING:
Group lessons ATM
Awareness Through Movement® (1 lesson: 50 – 60 min.)
An ATM lesson helps you to become aware of your movement patterns and discover new and less strenuous ones. You will explore unusual and surprising movements. Usually, you will lie on a mat and follow my verbal instructions. It’s not about copying the “right” movement, but about finding your own optimal movement path. During the lesson, I will guide your attention to different parts of your body and your sensations.
Individual lessons FI
Functional Integration® (1 lesson: 60 min.)
The FI lesson is tailored to your personal needs. Usually, you will lie on a special table, wearing comfortable clothes. The intention is the same as in the group lesson. With the help of gentle touches and movements, we explore the functionality of the movements together and look for new possibilities for the body to arrange itself in an improved way. The goal is to make you feel safe and relaxed.
Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais (1904 – 1984) developed his method based on his knowledge as a physicist and engineer, and his experience with martial arts (he had a black belt in judo). Due to an old knee injury and his wish to reduce the pain it caused he began to observe himself and examine his movement habits. He discovered that you can change your movement patterns and teach your body to move more efficiently and with less effort. He observed that the brain could form new neural pathways and that this process did not end with adulthood. Today we describe this process as neuroplasticity of the brain. From the 1950s, Dr. Feldenkrais taught his method in Israel and in the 1970s and 1980s in the USA and Europe. Since then, the method has spread throughout the world. It is sought after by people with reduced mobility, as well as people with professional needs, such as actors, dancers, musicians and athletes.
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