Feldenkrais – Awareness Through Movement


About the Method

The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic/movement education and provides you with tools for self-observation, through which you will learn how to improve your abilities and your sense of comfort and elegance. In uniquely refined movement-explorations, and skillfully guided self-awareness, you will increase your sensory self-perception, you will refine and expand your self-image, and you will develop your own authority of recognizing and performing well-balanced action.

The Feldenkrais Method is of great help for injury recovery and prevention; for finding your core strength and for improving fine motor skills, for finding improvement and ease in activities such as playing an instrument, dancing, eye-sight, and repetitive daily tasks.

Neurological- or brain-issues such as MS, stroke, or cerebral palsy, as well as sleep disorders, and other stress-related symptoms can be greatly improved or alleviated.

This method serves personal growth. It enables you to deepen your conscious lifestyle, to find a friendlier, more humane way of being with yourself and others, and to learn the art of learning, playfully, curiously, precisely.

Those who choose to pursue a four-year professional training program find this method to be life-changing.
As Moshe Feldenkrais expressed it: “I am not interested in flexible bodies but in flexible minds”.

No matter what aspects attract and motivate you, with patience, you will discover new, surprising possibilities for yourself, you will find ways to live your own unique gifts more fully and with a greater sense of ease, lightness, and satisfaction.
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Functional Integration® (FI)

Individual sessions (FI) are mostly a hands-on method during which the unique needs, wishes, and intentions of the student can be addressed.
The student can deeply relax and remain mostly passive while being moved by the practitioner. This is often combined with verbally guided instructions and more active involvement of the student so that conscious and subconscious learning work in combination. The entire self is invited to function as a whole, all joints, bones, and muscles are invited to participate in an even distribution of effort, which is experienced as a sense of effortlessness.

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Awareness Through Movement® (ATM)

Group classes (ATM) are verbally guided gentle movement explorations through which the students learn how to discover learning for themselves.


In numerous positions and movement-sequences, 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, timing, whole-body involvement, and clarity of self-image and intention. A key for learning in these lessons is, that the practitioner guides the student’s awareness throughout the process, which supports the student in finding his own “right” way of performing actions.

This method can be adapted to all levels of ability.

 

Free Awareness Through Movement Lesson (45 minutes)

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“The possibility of delaying action, creating the image of an action – and then prolonging the period between the intention and its execution – enables man to learn and to know himself.”
~Moshe Feldenkrais