"Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, the easy elegant"
Dr Moshe Feldenkrais
The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education that uses a series of gentle movements and directed attention to encourage a natural and effortless way to move.
These lessons help reorganize our habitual patterns of movement by bringing our attention to parts of the self that are out of our awareness. The Method enables us to include more of ourselves in our movements.
Good movement makes physical activities such as gardening, sports, dancing and playing a musical instrument much easier. You experience less strain and fatigue, and you can play better, for longer periods of time.
When we move well, the body is not tense or rigid. Muscles become longer, ligaments more elastic. We feel relaxed and at ease. Our movements are graceful and the brain functions with more clarity.
The Feldenkrais Method is taught in two parallel forms.
Awareness Through Movement
These group lessons take place lying on the floor, or sometimes sitting. The teacher talks you through a sequence of movements that involve sensing, moving, thinking and feeling. Each new movement is repeated and explored so that you become familiar with it, and can then begin to play with unaccustomed movement relationships.
By engaging your curiosity, gently and at your own pace, you learn to explore the world of your internal sensations. You learn to use this awareness to release chronic patterns of tension and create new movement possibilities.
Functional Integration is a hands-on form of communication through touch. The Feldenkrais practitioner explores how you organize your body, and hints through gentle touch and movements, how to include more of yourself when you move in your daily activities.
The lesson is usually performed with the student lying on a table, fully clothed, as the practitioner's hands gently support you, encouraging and guiding you towards new ways of moving and organizing yourself.
Each lesson is designed to address your particular habits of moving and holding yourself. Your increasing self-awareness enables you to let go of these habits, to find and choose new patterns of movement. You may find similar development in the flexibility of your thinking and feeling.