FELDENKRAIS METHOD ®
What is the Feldenkrais Method?
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, (1904-1984), physicist, engineer, martial artist, educator, and researcher. The Method is based in a sophisticated understanding of the way people organize potentials for movement and skill, for consciousness and thought, and for making effective relationships with the world in which we live. In innovative and precise ways, the Method taps the innate intelligence of the human nervous system to produce higher levels of function. While employing what is common to all human beings, it also uses the opportunities afforded by individual learning styles. The Method takes its place among the most advanced schools of thought and practice that address the development and enhancement of ability and the capacity for change. Grounded in awareness and learning, it incorporates an unparalleled understanding of the development and the mechanics of human movement. The Feldenkrais Method offers a uniquely intriguing and powerful way of working with people.
The Feldenkrais Method has two formats: Awareness through Movement® and Functional Integration®:
Awareness Through Movement Lessons
In our classes and public workshops, Awareness Through Movement is done by participants as means for attaining personal benefit - be it to deal with injury or pain, to improve physical skill, or to come to a deeper understanding of themselves in relationship to their past and present life.
In the Feldenkrais Teacher Training Program, Awareness through Movement is used extensively. In learning how to improve your own physical organization, you will be learning many of the essentials for working with others.
Permission to teach Awareness Through Movement to the public is granted to the students in the Feldenkrais Training program at the end of the second year of training. Students become fully authorized upon graduation.
Functional Integration Lessons
See the article/interview by Moshé Feldenkrais: Image, Movement, and Actor: Restoration of Potentiality and the interview with Paul Rubin: THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD®; and Music …. and Musicians both of which appear on the"Readings and Articles" page of this website.
People who study the Feldenkrais Method include those concerned with highly developed performance skills such as:
In a growing trend, many people take the teacher training programs for personal benefit without professional aspirations. We find that these students get maximum personal benefit by dedicating themselves to all the educational processes of the training including the hands on work. Besides, nearly all find that they end up practicing at least a little bit because doing the work is fascinating, satisfying, and fun.