“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”
Imagine being so aware that even as you reach for a cup of tea, you sense your back, shoulder and arm connecting, supporting your hand, the tensing of each finger as it is poised around the cup ready to lift it to your lips. Your lips part and your eyelids flutter as you take the first sip …. ah! The human body has the potential to experience peak levels of awareness every moment.
The Feldenkrais Method® helps you develop this ability, you move more effectively, listen more carefully, make fewer mistakes, injure yourself less, and enrich your life as well as the lives of others around you. Whether you have limitations due to injury, or are at the peak of your performance, you can improve, grow and enjoy your life more fully.
We are always moving – even sitting at the computer involves a complex series of signals throughout the nervous system that keeps the mouse moving, the toes tapping, the forehead wrinkling. These habitual movements help get the job done – the foot knowing when to step on the brakes, the hand knowing how to hold the toothbrush. But many of these habits also cause pain and limitation. Hunched shoulders, grinding teeth, tense lower back are just a few examples of what Moshe Feldenkrais called parasitic habits. Often an illness or an injury has forced the development of compensatory habits – they help you through initial recovery, and then they create greater problems.
Research has proven that the nervous system can learn to create new patterns, new “neural pathways” for a more rewarding life. It does this most effectively through movement – the language of the body. The Feldenkrais Method uses subtle, sophisticated movements to teach people how to efficiently, effectively reorganize themselves – improve range of motion, reduce pain and live a fuller life. Students can take group classes, called Awareness Through Movement® lessons, or work one on one in Functional Integration® lessons. Both approaches are extremely safe, pleasant learning experiences for any level of movement ability – from severe limitation to peak performance. You can learn much more by reading the Feldenkrais FAQ page
“Feldenkrais represents a revolution in human health. Through this method we can learn to improve our living circumstances not only physically but also emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.” — Smithsonian Magazine