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The Feldenkrais® Method is a mind/body integration technique that uses movement to enhance the communication between the brain and the body. It releases tension and stress, improves co-ordination and self-awareness and brings us back to our natural harmonious way of functioning.

The method, named after its founder Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, was begun in the l950s and has developed and evolved since that time. It is widely practised and highly regarded in Europe and North America.

Increased awareness corrects poor habitual patterns of movement. Improved physical habits lessen undue strain on joints and muscles, enhance physical and mental performance, and lead to a more positive self-image and better overall health.

 

The Feldenkrais® Method is taught in 2 ways:

Individual sessions, Functional Integration®.

This approach focuses on hands-on touch and guided movement. It is effective and widely recognised for its ability to successfully address serious muscular-skeletal and neurological problems. Apart from this, it is a rare kind of relaxation that is deeply satisfying!

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Group lessons, Awareness Through Movement®.

These pleasurable lessons are a carefully designed sequence of gentle movements, with the accent on exploration rather than exercise. Through these lessons, you learn to melt away habitual tensions, relieve stress, and refine specific movement functions.

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Both these approaches work by telling the nervous system it can simply let go of unneeded muscular tension.
Clients remain fully clothed with non-restrictive clothing being recommended.
There is no painful back-cracking and no sudden surprises, the only surprise being how something so gentle can have such a large effect.

 

Moshe Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais¨ Method is named after the distinguished engineer, scientist and educator Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). He was born in Russia, moved to Palestine as a teenager and studied in Paris. Besides being a scientist who worked on nuclear research and antisubmarine technology, he was also a judo master, credited with introducing the sport to the West. After developing a painful chronic knee problem in the 1940s, he decided to explore the body's functions as a way of avoiding surgery.

Feldenkrais embarked on a study of new relationships between the mind and body to improve physical movement and function. He combined his knowledge of martial arts with neurology, physiology, anatomy, and psychology to create a new system, thereby teaching himself to walk again without pain.

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