The Feldenkrais Method
“The exercises are ingenious and so simple.”
Feldenkrais lessons explore a wide range of human movement, from infant development to the highest performance
skills. The lessons are comfortable, sometimes surprising, and offer a sophisticated yet natural way of somatic learning which can have an instantly positive
effect on our movement in every day life.
The Feldenkrais Method as a way of somatic learning can be practiced equally effectively in group classes and in individual lessons.
Awareness through Movement (ATM)
A Feldenkrais Practitioner verbally guides a group of students through specific sequences of movements. The movements are carried out at one’s own pace and enable the development of awareness for individual movement patterns, flow and connections. This exploration of comfortable movement facilitates a remarkable and beneficial learning process. The sensory motor feedback enables us to enhance the perceptual experience of our self. We gain somatic awareness based on processes in our nervous system and we are able to make functional use of it in every day life.
The impressive effects of the Feldenkrais Method include an expanded range of movement, better breathing as well as improved movement skills for professionals such as musicians, athletes and dancers. Further effects can be more comfort and the re-discovery of an easy mobility. Changing one’s perception and experiencing a better understanding of oneself can also lead to fully reaching one’s individual potential both professionally and personally.
The effects of the lessons are profound and give an increased sense of well-being and spontaneity. People learn to improve the way they organize themselves for action.
The lessons are playful, pain-free and inspiring, creating the opportunity to address issues such as self-perception and emotional self-regulation.
Functional Integration (FI)
A Feldenkrais Practitioner guides a student hands-on through individual, functional movement sequences. Both touch and movement are comfortable, non-invasive, sensitive and precise. The effects range from easier, lighter self-use in every day actions to improving complex movement patterns. The holistic approach allows changes also to take place in thought, perception and action.
Dr. Feldenkrais published on his approach (see literature) and there is a variety of books from scientific and non-scientif perspectives.
The Feldenkrais Method can be understood best if experienced. Please make use of our free trial lesson offer in Awareness Through Movement classes.
In Austria, a Feldenkrais degree is not yet offered at university. Feldenkrais Practitioners are qualified to teach after having successfully completed a four-year Training Program.
“After our car accident I refused to swallow pain killers (my neurologist was unable to offer any other solution) and I followed some advice given and started having Feldenkrais lessons. As after one lesson the pains had practically disappeared, I decided to carry on and now after several years I know how Feldenkrais helps to get the body more flexible again. Due to my positive experience I can only recommend that you give it a try.”