it curious that it’s your right knee, not your left?
I wonder how the shaping of your ribs relates to the pain in your knee?
This is the tone of the Feldenkrais Method—inquisitive
and exploratory. You won’t be matched to an ideal posture, a
way you ‘should’ move, or a right way of breathing.
Instead, the Method offers invitation and an open field of exploration
to discover for yourself how you do—and how else you could
do—what you do.
is based on principles from physics, martial arts, biomechanics, and
infant development. It can be experienced in classes (Awareness Through
Movement®) and in private
sessions (Functional Integration®).
Where some forms of bodywork are about improving structure, Feldenkrais
is about improving movement and function. It addresses how you use
yourself in daily action and how this may contribute to your challenge.
As an educational approach, Feldenkrais is about
learning rather than fixing. Learning gives you tools to help yourself,
whereas fixing can leave you dependent on an outside source.
you know what you’re doing, you can do what you
- Moshe Feldenkrais
& what is it for?
Tension, pain, movement
Seniors: to maintain
movement and function while aging
Athletes, dancers, and
Pilates or yoga practitioners: to refine skill
Infants, children, and
adults with neurological, developmental,
or learning challenges
Musicians or others with
Meditators interested in
People who enjoy moving and
Why the name Feldenkrais?
The Method is named after its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc.
(1904-1985), world-renowned engineer, physicist, and Judo practitioner.
His own knee injuries prompted him to teach himself how to function
What to expect in an Awareness
Through Movement class
Awareness Through Movement
lessons are done lying down, sitting, or standing. You will be verbally
guided through cleverly designed movement sequences. The movements are
easy & gentle, but develop in a way that helps you discover new
options. People of all movement abilities can benefit from lessons.
to expect in a Functional Integration session
Functional Integration private
sessions involve gentle, non-invasive touch to elicit awareness and
movement repatterning. Sometimes you will be passive as I move you;
other times you might engage in movement at the same time. You remain
fully clothed and typically lie or sit on a low padded table or on the
What is Feldenkrais?
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pain and tension
• Increase range of movement
• Breathe more fully
• Improve balance
• Find the easy way
• Non-judgmental observation of
• Develop choice rather than
submit to habits
• Identify your body’s
before onset of pain
• Increase awareness, which
increases conscious control
the ‘right’ way for you
• Learn how to help yourself
“I found a dynamic increase in my
ability to be at peace. I have worked toward this for years. I stand
better, taller, more centered and relaxed. I relish the solid, grounded
feel I have now while still keeping some lighter-mindedness.”