What is the Feldenkrais Method®?
The Feldenkrais Method facilitates learning through lessons that explore movement, posture, breathing. The fruit of such learning is improved ability in all aspects of life. View videos about Feldenkrais here.
Who can benefit?
The Feldenkrais Method is person-centred and is adapted for individuals and specific populations. As a result, it is beneficial in a wide variety of applications - from Childhood Development to Older Adults, Sport and Performance to Chronic Conditions, Injury Prevention to Rehabilitation. Please browse the tabs on the left to see what benefits the Feldenkrais Method has for your particular needs.
- People of all ages, from babies and children through to senior citizens
- Dancers, musicians, athletes or actors wishing to improve performance
- People whose work may involve repetitive tasks
- People interested in preventing or relieving stiffness, pain or strain
- People living with difficulties such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, injury or learning difficulties
What are the benefits?
- Better health and well-being
- Improved attention, thinking ability, and emotional resilience
- Reduced pain
- Easier ways of doing familiar tasks
- Improved posture, movement, coordination and balance
- Fuller, easier breathing
- Control over muscular tension
How is it taught?
Classes called Awareness Through Movement® lessons (ATM)
ATM lessons are usually taught in groups on a weekly basis. A Feldenkrais practitioner guides the clients through a planned sequence of movement explorations. Attention is drawn to the process of each movement pattern. Through observing their movements, clients learn easier ways of moving in everyday activities.
Exploration of movement in these classes is designed to improve overall wellbeing.
Individual lessons called Functional Integration® (FI)
This is a hands-on process which addresses particular individual problems. Fl lessons are tailored to each client's needs. The Feldenkrais practitioner guides your movements through precise touch.
The client lies or sits, comfortably clothed, on a low padded table. The practitioner brings present habits into focus and offers new movement options. The learning is then applied to everyday activities such as reaching, sitting, standing and walking.
Who was Moshe Feldenkrais?
Dr Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was trained in mechanical and electrical engineering. A keen interest in martial arts, and personal knee injury, provided the impetus which led him to a lifetime study of the structure and function of humankind and the relationship between human development, education and movement.
The full and interesting life of Dr Moshé Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was driven by his intellectual interests. A keen soccer player and accomplished martial artist, he studied mechanical and electrical engineering in Paris. A personal knee injury provided the impetus for the development of his Method. For 20 years, Feldenkrais researched, using his own body as a laboratory. In the 1950s he returned to Tel Aviv, where he had migrated from Ukraine as a teenager, coming out of relative anonymity to teach widely with students from all over the world seeking him out. He trained practitioners in Tel Aviv, Europe and the United States to ensure the continuation of his Method. His understanding of human development and learning are being increasingly validated by recent developments in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. Forward thinking and ahead of his time, Moshé Feldenkrais enjoyed respect and acclaim during his lifetime for his contributions to the fields of rehabilitation, athletic and performing arts training. He died peacefully in Tel Aviv at the age of 80.
For more information about Dr Moshé Feldenkrais please refer to Wikipedia.
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To learn more about the Feldenkrais Method®:
- Read the international Standards of Practice.
- View testimonials under Your Story
- Visit International Feldenkrais Federation Research Journal
- View articles under Resources section
- Find a Practitioner
- Find a Class
- Find a list of Practitioners in your State
- Telephone FREECALL 1800 001 550 for a Practitioner in your State.