The Feldenkrais Method® helps you develop a greater awareness of how you move. Reconnect with your natural abilities to move, think, and feel better. Whether you want to be more comfortable sitting at your computer, playing with your children and grandchildren, or performing a favorite pastime, these gentle lessons can improve your overall well being.
Learning to move with less effort makes daily life easier. Because the Feldenkrais Method® focuses on the relationship between movement and thought, increased mental awareness facilitates physical improvements. Everyone, from athletes and artists, can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method®.
Functional Integration® lessons are designed to meet your personal needs including muscular-skeletal, neurological problems, or pain management. Communicating through painless touch and movement in addition to words, the teacher guides you in your process of self-discovery.
ATM classes consist of verbally directed, gentle exercise lessons involving sophisticated movement sequences. The lessons directly engage our natural intelligence in a gentle and pleasurable way. ATM accesses the sensory motor processes of the brain and involves attention, perception, imagination and cognition. There are hundreds of lessons, addressing every joint and muscle group in the body and every human function.
Shirley experiencing the Feldenkrais Method® and how it has helped with her back and shoulder pain.
This video shows how posture affects the efficiency of movement.
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Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., (1904-1984) was a distinguished scientist, physicist and engineer. He earned his D.Sc. in Physics from the Sorbonne and was a close associate of Nobel Prize Laureate Frederic Joliot-Curie at the Curie Institute in Paris, where they conducted research together.
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais was also a respected judo instructor and author of many books on the subject. Living in England in the 1940s, Feldenkrais found himself unable to walk after suffering a serious injury. He began an intense exploration into the relationship between bodily movement and healing, feeling, thinking, and learning. As a result, he restored his ability to walk and made revolutionary discoveries, culminating in the development of the method that now bears his name.
Today there are nearly 4,000 Feldenkrais practitioners around the globe. His insights contributed to the development of the new field of somatic education and continue to influence disciplines such as the arts, education, psychology, child development, physical and occupational therapy, sports enhancement, and gerontology.
Books by Moshe Feldenkrais:
Body and Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation and Learning: Somatic Resources, 1950, 1980.
Awareness Through Movement: Health Exercises for Personal Growth. New York: HarperCollins, 1972,1993.
The Potent Self. New York: Somatic Resources, 1985, 2004.
The Elusive Obvious. Cupertino, CA : Meta Publications, 1981.
Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora. Somatic Resources, 1977, 1994.
The Master Moves. Cupertino, CA : Meta Publications, 1984.
Embodied Wisdom. Somatic Resources, 2010.