Full, dynamic living is linked to our ability to experience and learn on our own. Ordinarily, we learn just enough to function. For example, we learn to use our hands well enough to eat, our legs well enough to walk. Functioning with a greater range of ease and skill, however, remains to be developed.
The Feldenkrais Method teaches, through movement, how we can improve our capabilities to function in our daily lives, whether it’s lifting up a child, working at a computer, or training for the marathon. It enables us to rediscover movements that have been forgotten or excluded in our usual way of doing things. By allowing us to learn how our whole body cooperates in any movement, the method assists us in living our lives more fully, efficiently, and comfortably.
The Feldenkrais Method helps you relearn to move through safe, gentle explorations. Not only can you reclaim lost or forgotten movement patterns, you can refine existing ones.
An internationally-known engineer and physicist, Dr. Feldenkrais developed this innovative approach to movement re-education when he was incapacitated by a sports-related injury and given little chance of ever walking without pain. Dr. Feldenkrais applied his knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, and engineering, as well as his mastery of martial arts, to restore his own functioning and, later, the functioning of many others.
Watch this video of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais on his method and physics at a scientific colloquium at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, 1981 (three years before his death).The first minutes reveiw his scientific career. Feldenkrais worked at the Joliot-Curie laboratory on the first nuclear fission experiments. He also gave Irene and Frederic Joliot-Curie Judo lessons.
Feldenkrais Method is the most extraordinary way
of enhancing human abilities I have encountered. Skilled
practitioners are able to effect remarkable improvement in a wide
range of neuromuscular conditions from cerebral palsy, brain injury,
and stroke to back, neck, and shoulder pain.Yet the Feldenkrais
method is not a "therapy," but rather activates a way of
learning that involves the brain and the entire self."
--Dr. Walter Witryol, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
The Feldenkrais Method is taught in two modalities: Group classes in Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) and private lessons in Functional Integration® (FI).
The Feldenkrais Method® has helped:
It teaches—through movement—how we can improve our capabilities to function in our daily lives, whether it’s lifting up a child, working at a computer, or training for the marathon. It enables us to rediscover movements that have been forgotten or excluded in our usual way of doing things. By allowing us to learn how our whole body cooperates in any movement, the method assists us in living our lives more fully, efficiently, and comfortably.
method is especially useful for people who want to learn to overcome
limitations brought on by stress, misuse, accident, or illness. It is
equally beneficial for people who want to perform and feel better
physically and mentally.
Feldenkrais can help, but it takes time to unwind years-old patterns and learn new ones. It can also change your life. Why? Because how you move is not merely mechanical. If it were, all human beings would move in the same predictable way. Instead, movement is a personal expression of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values, and sense of self. In addition, your movement reflects how you respond to injury, disease, or accident.
"I can tell you that I tried absolutely everything, including surgery, to deal with the nerve pain that was running down my leg almost constantly for 15 years. I had heard about Feldenkrais in Austria, but couldn't find a practictioner in the Omaha metro area. When I moved back to Colorado, I found someone and after the first 1-hour lesson, I walked out light as a feather. I felt like I was 20 years old again--and the pain has never returned. I continue to go periodically for individual lessons and make use of the at-home lessons in between. Feldenkrais is truly a miracle for me!"
-David, Boulder, CO