The Feldenkrais method is named after it’s originator Dr Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc (1904-1984). After suffering a crippling knee injury, Dr Feldenkrais used his knowledge of biology, perinatal development, cybernetics, linguistics, and systems theories to rehabilitate himself. From there, The Feldenkrais Method originated.


“We act in accordance with our self image”: Moshe Feldenkrais.

We start to build our self- image from the day we are born. We learn about our physical and emotional selves through our sensory world. The act of moving our bodies is absolutely integral to the way that we think, feel and sense.

Movement can start with a desire or intention, a reach, a look or an accidental weight shift that initiates the never ending revelation and discovery of who we are, how we move in gravity and how we relate to our environment. As we age, many external and internal factors start to influence how well we move and perform functional movements.

How we move reflects the state of our nervous system and is the basis of our self image.

How well we move determines how effectively we carry out our daily activities.

Developing the sensorimotor system.
The unique quality of the Feldenkrais Method is that it helps you learn by integrating cognitive thought and intention into movement activity. The Method is now known as a Neuroplastic Method. Terms such as ‘mindfulness’ and awareness’ become concrete sensation within the body. Learning is deeply understood by improvement in functional movement.  Movement becomes easy, effortless, pain free and graceful again. With easy movement and flexible and adaptive bodies, comes flexible thinking, sensing, feeling and doing.

Feldenkrais is for all abilities.
More like a movement meditation than an exercise class, Feldenkrais lessons aim to reconnect your thought and intention with your movement and action. Only at this integrated level of self- examination can real, long lasting change and improvement be made.  These lessons are gentle on the body and invigorating for the mind. No matter at what movement skill level you are at, the lessons will challenge you and your preconceived perception of how your body moves.

Learn skills for self-reliance.
Feldenkrais bodies become stronger and more flexible without stretching or performing mindless repetitive strengthening exercises. Feldenkrais students are guided through very specific movements to have a felt experience of their habitual movement patterns. They begin to build a true understanding of:

•  What is a useful movement habit.

•  What is a stubborn movement habit that is detrimental to achieving an effortless action.

•  What is a new movement possibility that is beneficial to improving their overall functional movement.



 

Adults

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Movement Therapy

Used in a therapeutic way, the Feldenkrais method focuses on the neuromuscular and bio-mechanical systems of the body to improve functional range of movement to help with:

  Range of motion
  Freedom of movement
  Muscle ease and relaxation
  Stress relief
  Pain relief
  Improved coordination
  Improved flexibility
  Improved postural alignment
  Promotion of injury rehabilitation

Movement Education

Used as a movement education, the Feldenkrais method provides an awareness based training method to improve the ease of performing functional movement:

  Transitioning from sitting to standing
  Balancing
  Walking, running, jumping
  Turning and twisting
  Bending forward and arching


The Feldenkrais Method utilises two different modalities to teach:

  1. 1.Awareness Through Movement (ATM) group classes

  2. 2.Functional Integration (F.I) individual lessons

Watch this beautiful short video

Try this short Awareness Through Movement lesson now: Activating the core to lift your head