About the Feldenkrais Method®
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, a scientist, engineer, and judo master. The method is taught in two different types of lessons: Awareness Through Movement® group lessons and one-on-one Functional Integration® lessons.
Awareness Through Movement®
Group classes that use slow, mindful movements designed to give your brain an opportunity to improve your body, movement, and sense of wellbeing. The practitioner leads the class though movement exploration by giving verbal instructions.
One-on-one lessons tailored to your specific needs. The practitioner will guide you in movement lessons using gentle, non-invasive touch as the primary means of communication.
The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education uses gentle movement and directed attention to help people learn new and more effective ways of living the life they want. You can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. Since how you move, is how you move through life, these improvements will often enhance your thinking, emotional regulation, and problem-solving capabilities.
All of the Feldenkrais lessons involve gentle and enjoyable movements to gain better awareness and discrimination.
Increase your ease and range of motion.
Improve flexibility and coordination.
Reduce pain and anxiety
Improve athletic performance
Rediscover the freedom of movement most often associated with childhood.
As Moshe Feldenkrais says in his book, Awareness Through Movement, “The lessons are designed to improve ability, that is, to expand the boundaries of the possible: to turn the impossible into the possible, the difficult to the easy, and the easy into the pleasant.”
“What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains. What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.”
— Moshe Feldenkrais
The Feldenkrais Method in the news
The Washington Post - Lisa Rein goes to a Feldenkrais class to see how the Method can help with her back pain. “A different way to relieve years of back pain” [September 27, 2018]
The New York Times - Jane E. Brody takes a couple Feldenkrais classes. “Trying the Feldenkrais Method for Chronic Pain” [October 30, 2017]
Scientific Papers on the Feldenkrais Method
Clark, Dav et al. “Mindful movement and skilled attention” Frontiers in human neuroscience vol. 9 297. 29 Jun. 2015, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00297
Hillier, Susan and Anthea Worley. “The effectiveness of the feldenkrais method: a systematic review of the evidence” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM vol. 2015 (2015): 752160.
“Feldenkrais Movement Lessons Improve Older Adults' Awareness, Comfort, and Function” Gerontology & geriatric medicine vol. 3 2333721417724014. 15 Aug. 2017, doi:10.1177/2333721417724014
Articles written by other Feldenkrais Practitioners
An overview of the Feldenkrais Method® by Ralph Strauch
Extreme Sports Meets Feldenkrais by Cynthia Allen
Curiosity and Intention: Teaching Music from a New Paradigm by Stacey Pelinka