THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD®
“Movement is life. Life is a Process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.”
The Feldenkrais Method® is known for its effectiveness in alleviating acute and chronic pain; improving flexibility, balance, coordination and athletic and artistic ability; and for promoting an overall sense of well-being.
As healthy babies, without anyone teaching us how, we learn to roll over, sit, stand or walk through trial and error, curiosity and determination. As we grow older, however, we strain muscles, break limbs, land badly from a jump shot, hold a violin bow with too much tension or slump for hours in front of a computer. As a result, we develop movement habits that over time cause tension, pain, and even injury. The Feldenkrais Method®helps us be aware of habits which no longer serve us and re-discover those which do, enabling us to live more calmly, comfortably and effectively.
The Feldenkrais Method® is taught through two complementary formats:
Functional Integration® (FI)
Functional Integration® is a one-on-one, hands on approach, using specific skilled manipulation and movement individualized for each client’s needs as s/he lies on a table. It is gentle, subtle, profound and highly effective.
Awareness Through Movement®
Each Awareness Through Movement® lesson guides your attention verbally through a particular pattern of movement, decreasing tension, aches and pains while increasing flexibility and vitality.
“I have been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy. I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.”
– Andrew Weil, M.D. Author of Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine