The Feldenkrais Method is for anyone who wants to make the things they do easier, more efficient and pleasurable. Feldenkrais Method is a mind-body approach, which combines movement and awareness to help you move and live more comfortably and effectively.
Whether it is basic actions like sitting or walking, the daily demands of work and home, or your recreational activities – from painting and gardening to running or dance – Feldenkrais offers enjoyable and effective ways to improve how you move.
Rather than making corrections that are hard to remember, or adjusting to some externally imposed form, the Feldenkrais process allows you do discover what works best for you – your body, your movement potential, your life. It restores choice to how you feel and move your body.
Injury, illness, pain, stress and the effects of ageing can diminish your capacity and the enjoyment of your movement - and your life. Feldenkrais classes and individual sessions allow you to rediscover lost abilities and pleasure in your movement. Our clients and students regularly report they feel relaxed, energized and a positive, new experience of their body.
Who comes to Feldenkrais® and how they benefit
Both individual and group Feldenkrais lessons produce immediate and long lasting results. Because all of our actions involve sensing, feeling, thinking, as well as moving, our clients and students find that improvements in their movement are accompanied by greater clarity in their thought and expression and an overall sense of well-being. You don't have to be an expert 'mover' - or you might be! Whatever level of ability you start at, Feldenkrais offers the possibility of discovery and improvement.
A greater sense of ease and well-being for everyone in their daily life,
the Feldenkrais Method offers:
• options for new ways of moving that are healthier for your body
• reduced aches and pains and greater freedom in your movement
• improved relaxation response and relief from the effects of stress
• greater awareness of comfortable and efficient posture.
Understanding yourself and your body As a culture we are moving beyond seeing your bodies as merely biological machines to move our minds around. Feldenkrais Method is a creative systematic approach to engage with your own sensory experience to become more aware of what you do, how your do it and your possibilities. It is a non-prescriptive, process that allows your to explore the relationships between your mind and body, and your environment.
Healthy and active aging Getting older doesn't necessarily mean getting stiff and muscular aches. Feldenkrais offers a positive way to stop or reverse the loss of physical ability and comfort, and to maintain your physical and mental flexibility.
Rehabilitation For those with discomfort, injuries, pain, or neurological conditions the Feldenkrais Method is a gentle and effective approach that offers:
• reduction and relief from pain
• recovery of lost movement abilities
• improved breathing and improved sleep
• the ability to shift habits of movement and holding - which may have begun as a response to your injury or condition and are now a source of pain or restriction in themselves
• a range of skills to help yourself to recover function in your daily life.
We help people with chronic or persistent pain in muscles or joints, or headaches, recovering from surgery, or with neurological conditions such as MS or stroke, neuropathy and myelopathy, etc. Feldenkrais can be your main form of rehabilitation or be used as a complement to other modalities and medical care. People with these kinds of needs often choose to start with individual Functional Integration sessions.
Feldenkrais offers particular benefits for all kinds of people who move for a living or enjoyment:
For all kinds of performers - musicians, singers, dancers, actors and others, Feldenkrais offers:
• ways to improve the quality of your performance - and the quality of your rest
• greater awareness that will help you prevent injuries
• new levels of embodied presence in your creative process
• increased expressive abilities.
Athletes can reduce and recover from injuries, as well as increase performance. Awareness of how your move allows you to find easier, more energy efficient and pleasurable ways to work out or play the game.
People who teach movement, such as Yoga and Pilates teachers, can discover new ways of understanding movement, ideas that will help you teach better and ways to explore your own embodied experience.
Health care providers, such as physicians and nurses, physical and occupational therapists, massage therapists and others, will gain new ways of thinking about possibilities for their patients - as well as much needed support for your own health and well-being.