The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic/movement education. As a tool for learning it uses guided awareness to increase sensory self-perception and to refine and expand one’s self-image. Through numerous positions and movements the student is asked to become aware of a wide range of aspects: to feel the quality of stability & balance, mobility, smoothness of breath, distribution of effort, coordination, available range, orientation in space, whole body involvement, and clarity of self-image and intention.
This allows the student to discover and develop his or her own “judgment” about well-balanced movement. For some this method may primarily be used for personal growth & learning the art of learning: playfully, curiously, precisely. Those who choose to pursue the four year professional training find this method to be life-changing. As Moshe Feldenkrais expressed it “I am not interested in flexible bodies but in flexible minds”.
The Feldenkrais Method is also of great help for injury recovery and prevention; for improving fine motor skills such as playing an instrument, dancing, or repetitive tasks such as office work.
It greatly improves neurological or brain disorders such as MS, stroke or cerebral palsy; vision, sleep disorders and other stress related symptoms. Or one may simply have the intention to develop a conscious lifestyle, to live with ease and lightness.
Functional Integration® (FI)
Individual sessions (FI) are mostly a hands-on method during which the student can deeply relax and remain passive while being moved by the practitioner. This may also be combined with verbally guided instructions and a more active involvement of the student. The intention with which the practitioner touches the student is to feel and encourage the entire body to function as a whole; encouraging involvement of all joints and bones and muscles to find an even distribution of effort throughout the body.
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