Who can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method?
About AFG Inc
Established in 1987, The Australian Feldenkrais Guild Inc (AFG) is a non-profit membership organisation established to promote and advance the Feldenkrais Method® in Australia, to verify and maintain training standards, and to represent its members in liaison with Feldenkrais Guilds throughout the world.
The AFG is concerned with:
Increasing public awareness of the Feldenkrais Method®,
Supporting the growth and development of the membership,
Offering continuing education for its members,
Protection of the integrity and quality of the Feldenkrais work through Code of Professional Conduct and Standards of Practice, and promoting research into the effectiveness of the Method.
Other professional services for the membership include access to appropriate insurance, policy and lobbying activity at all levels of the community, networking with affiliated agencies, and membership networking opportunities through the production of directories, journals, and newsletters.
The Feldenkrais Method®
Awareness Through Movement
The Feldenkrais Method® (Feldenkrais) is a universal method for improving human life through better movement, sensation, posture and breathing.
From early childhood to advanced age, thousands of Australians are using Feldenkrais every day to address their problems and to reach their fullest potential.
Neuroplasticity is central to the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method.
Trained practitioners use touch, movement, guided imagery and mindful body awareness to stimulate the brain to make useful and lasting improvements to movement and posture.
With professional guidance from a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, these improvements can be directed towards assisting problems like pain, injuries and neurological issues, as well as assisting peak performance in sports and the performing arts.
Besides these specific benefits, people often find that improving their movement and posture improves their overall health and well-being, leading to better attention, thinking ability, emotional resilience, coordination, balance, and easier breathing.
Feldenkrais Practitioners deliver two types of movement lessons.
In Awareness Through Movement® (ATM), a practitioner will guide you through a planned sequence of movement explorations. You will be encouraged to pay close attention to the sensations of each movement. You will also be encouraged to practice the movements very gently and slowly, ensuring that you feel safe and comfortable throughout.
In Functional Integration® (FI), you will lie or sit, comfortably clothed, on a low padded table. Your practitioner will physically guide your body through safe, effortless movement, and will use precise touch to bring unfamiliar parts of your body into awareness.