Our habitual ways of moving, feeling and acting often limit ourselves to much less than our potential. These narrowing habitual patterns are the results of numerous aspects of our lives, physical injuries, social influences, psychological traumas, etc.
The Feldenkrais Method ® uses latest insights in neurology, neurophysiology and psychology to create holistic human learning processes to help us go beyond limitations and achieve personal fulfilment. In a unique way, it enhances the human ability to constantly develop by learning.
Dr. Feldenkrais devised two teaching modalities, Awareness through Movement and Functional Integration. The learning process proposed by the Method aims at integrating larger portions of our inherent potential towards personal fulfilment. It fosters organic learning by turning us back to the immediate experience of ourselves in our body’s movements and self-image within an atmosphere of self-experimentation free of judgement and compulsion for results.
The Feldenkrais Method® deals with the person as a whole, taking function, structure and environment as a single unit. Movement and posture are explored in their cultural, emotional and biological aspects, allowing space for new patterns to emerge. Through this process we become less constrained by unconscious and habitual patterns and develop more capacity to choose. That is, we become able to direct ourselves in better accordance to our potential and dreams.
“My first definition of health is somebody who is capable of realizing his or her unavowed dreams.”
"If you know what
you’re doing you can do it different
If you know what you are doing you can do what you want."
– Moshe Feldenkrais
“Without movement there is no life – life is movement.
Improve the quality of movement and the quality of life improves also.”
“if you have concrete ways of seeing it, you have concrete ways of helping.”
– Moshé Feldenkrais
The Feldenkrais Method® is very versatile because it operates in the fundamental levels of sensory-motor functions, awareness and learning. As a general approach to human development it can be efficiently used in various fields and with different purposes.
Among the most common are:
- Movement difficulties: repetitive strain injury, scoliosis,
- Pain: chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, TMJ pain,
- Neurological problems: stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis,
- Performance: sports, athletes, dancers, martial arts,
- Expression: artists of all types and people in general.
- Psychological issues and developmental problems
- Self fulfilment: people wishing to improve the quality of their life and to reach their full potential.