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.
Method is taught in 2 ways:
Individual sessions, Functional
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!
Check out what a lesson looks like...
Group lessons, Awareness Through
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.
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.