The Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method is an innovative system that approaches human development and the improvement of functioning through the medium of physical movement and directed attention
The Feldenkrais Method offers a unique and effective approach to human learning by accessing the nervous system’s own innate processes for the enhancement and refinement of functioning.
Based on his/her personal history, each individual adopts patterns of physical and psychological behavior adapted to his/her own particular environment. These patterns are deeply embedded in our nervous system and often become outmoded or dysfunctional creating unnecessary limitations and sometimes pain. Our posture and the ways that we move were learned, even if that learning was not conscious. Consequently, physical difficulties or limitations are seen, from the Feldenkrais perspective, as the result of either incomplete learning or trauma that can lead to dysfunctional habit patterns. When it is necessary to change or create a new pattern, the Feldenkrais Method® provides the means to know what to change and how to change it.
The founder, Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., utilized his background in physics, mechanical engineering and Judo to develop an approach with an unusual melding of biomechanics, motor development, psychology and the martial arts. The Method has achieved international recognition for its demonstrated ability to improve posture, flexibility, coordination, self-image and to alleviate muscular tension and pain. It consists of two compelling and versatile applications: Awareness Through Movement, done in groups, and Functional Integration, an individualized hands-on practice. Based on the same theoretical ground, both modalities harness the nervous systems ability to self-organize towards more effective and intelligent action.