What is the Feldenkrais® Method?
The Feldenkrais Method is an approach that works with the nervous system's capacity for change. It enables learning new patterns for moving, feeling, and thinking. The principles originate from human development as well as Marshal Arts and survival techniques. Awakening this process invokes in us how to learn. Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, a Russian born Israeli educator, scientist and physicist as well as the first Caucasian Judo master trained by Jigaro Kano, the originator of Judo, Moshe understood how to facilitate organic learning. The approach uses physical movement to focus learning on the connection of thought and action. It is known for its ability to improve posture and flexibility and alleviate muscular tension and pain.
There are two approaches in working with the Feldenkrais Method: Awareness Through Movement (ATM®) and Functional Integration (FI®). ATM classes consist of verbally directed, pleasurable, and effortless exercise lessons involving highly sophisticated movement sequences. FI is a one-on-one process that involves the use of specific skilled touch and passive movement. Feldenkrais is known for its ability to address serious muscular and neurological problems and improve human functioning.