“Feldenkrais work, in both group classes and private appointments, has made me stronger, reduced the aches and pains, and attuned me to everyday delights. It has been a wonderful way to become alive to myself. ” Mark
The Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method recognizes our unlimited capacity to learn. It offers us a deeper understanding of who we are – how we move, think and feel — through a series of enhanced sensorimotor experiences. As these experiences awaken our awareness and free us from the restricted habits that we have developed over our lifetime, the Feldenkrais Method allows our full potential for living to emerge.
After suffering crippling knee injuries, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais used his own body as a laboratory and merged his acquired knowledge of physics and the martial arts with his deep curiosity about biology, perinatal development, cybernetics, linguistics, and systems theory. He taught himself to walk again and in the process developed an extraordinary system for accessing the power of the central nervous system to improve human functioning.
“The aim is a body that is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but increased consciousness of how it works.” Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
Two Forms of the Method
Moshe Feldenkrais developed two forms of his Method: Awareness Through Movement® classes and individual Functional Integration® sessions. These two formats are fairly distinct but are often combined to deepen a person’s experience of the Method. The two forms are as follows:
Awareness Through Movement lessons consist of verbally directed movement sequences presented primarily to groups in a class format or through CDs, books or DVDs. In Awareness Through Movement lessons, students engage in a variety of movement explorations that involve new ways of thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Each lesson consists of a different sequence of movements to provide new and variable experiences in which the nervous system can expand movement options. Some of the lessons are based on developmental movements, others on ordinary functional activities, and others are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. Each lesson consists of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. There are hundreds of Awareness Through Movement lessons that can be modified for all levels of movement ability, from simple structure and easy physical demand to more difficult, complex sequences. If you are interested in experiencing Awareness through Movement lessons through CDs, books, or DVDs, visit Feldenkrais Resources by clicking here. If you are interested in classes in the Corvallis area, visit Classes.
Functional Integration sessions are the one-to-one form of the Feldenkrais Method. During a session, the practitioner creates an experience of increased flexibility, strength, comfort and ease of movement so that the student or client learns how to reorganize his/her movements in a more effective manner. The student learns how to move using more expanded array of functional motor patterns, custom-tailored to his or her own unique characteristics, focusing on a particular type of movement, activity or skill. The practitioner educates and rehabilitates through gentle, non-invasive hands-on guidance that sends tactile and kinesthetic messages directly to the movement centers of the brain. If you are interested in experiencing a Functional Integration session, contact Joan to set up an appointment. Or, you can schedule appointments with Joan online by visiting this site: Schedule an appointment.
To learn more about the Feldenkrais Method, visit the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.