Feldenkrais Method®

“The aim is a person that is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works.”

 

~Moshe Feldendrais

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The Feldenkrais Method® uses gentle body movement and directed attention to improve the coordination between your brain and your body.  

"Diane’s unique insights and ability to listen at a deep level combined with her caring way enabled a new integration of mind and body, which was a critical step on my healing journey."

 

~Pamela Proscia, Ph.D.,  Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner and Wellness Researcher

 

"Our work with the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method brought a sense of ease and increased power to my performances. I have also begun to cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness, kinesthetic curiosity, and inner-calm not only on-stage but in every aspect of my life."

 

~Charlie Del Marcelle, actor/educator/ recipient of two Barrymore awards 

With the Feldenkrais Method® you can:  

  • Reduce stress and learn to move more freely by expanding your range of ease
  • Increase your physical awareness through gentle movement sequences
  • Develop awareness of your movement preferences and explore new coordination options
  • Re-program habitual movement patterns that are not working for you
  • Use comparisons to discover the easy way of doing a particular movement
  • Recognize and avoid strain before it progresses to pain
  • Engage your curiosity and learn to address problems creatively
  • Improve your flexibility and coordination
  • Improve posture, flexibility, a range of motion, coordination, and balance
  • Address problems due to restricted movement, chronic pain, and tension 

How Does the Feldenkrais Method® Work?

Specific guided movement sequences bring attention to the parts of the self that are habitually out of your awareness. As your brain unconsciously compares movement choices, the function of your individual body parts is integrated into an easily moving whole, and your nervous system is re-conditioned to choose the easiest ways of moving.  Feldenkrais® movement sequences expand your self-image in motion, reduce stress and help you learn to move more freely.

The Feldenkrais Method® is taught in two formats:

  • Awareness Through Movement® (ATM)
Awareness Through Movement ® lessons are often used to teach groups, but can also be used by individuals. Lessons usually start by lying on a comfortably padded floor and gently progress to a variety of positions. You explore how specific parts of the body cooperate in basic movement.
Verbal instructions guide your attention as you perform carefully chosen movement sequences that provide multiple options for learning. Movement repetition and comparison are used to connect the movement of one body part to the use of other body parts.  During lessons, the emphasis is on sensory learning and an enriched experience of your whole self in action.
 
  • Functional Integration®
These individual lessons address specific needs through gentle hands-on instruction.  The Feldenkrais® Practitioner observes your habitual movement patterns and assesses what work would best help you. During a Functional Integration® lesson, the Practitioner starts with movements which come easily to you, and gradually guides your body to expand your range of ease.  The movements bring awareness to the interconnected functioning of different parts of your body. Functional Integration® lessons can be taught in a variety of positions, but most often they take place on a special table or on a carpeted floor. 

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