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FELDENKRAIS METHOD

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''Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.''

Moshe Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method is motor-sensory coaching for improved performance.
Performance can be anything the performance of a joint or painful lower-back; the "performance" of your mind-body connection and awareness, or the performance of an orchestral violinist, or actor or triathlete.
If there is room for improvement, the Feldenkrais method can find it.
Whether its in the the quality of your posture, or the depth of your breathing or the understanding and sensation of your own movement, the Feldenkrais method helps you to get more in touch with what it is that you do in order to do more of what you want to do.

The Feldenkrais method can be experienced in one of two ways.

FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION

 FOR AN INDIVIDUAL

Functional Integration is the name for the individual, hands-on lessons in Feldenkrais method. In an hour-long session you will receive a unique treatment, through intelligent and compassionate touch.

The client stays fully dressed as the practitioner finds ways with gentle manipulations to help the client realise new ways to move, feel and think. Functional Integration can help improve people’s quality of life in a number of ways including.

  • performance in sports, music, dance etc

  • relief from chronic pain

  • ways of counter-acting repetitive strain injury

  • Intelligent ways of dealing with tension and stress

  • a radical way to deal with neurological conditions- Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and Stroke

AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT

IN A GROUP

Awareness Through Movement was developed by Feldenkrais to let people gain the advantages of hands-on treatment in a group class. It is the heart of the method. Awareness in what you do is vital to make any improvements.

Classes last roughly an hour and are conducted mainly on the floor. They take the form of a series of gentle movement riddles where the students experience the learning whilst puzzling out the theme. Students will  be asked to notice how they are sensing themselves throughout the experience and will often experience the outcome as a "minor miracle". 

Things that may particularly improve are:

  • relief from tension and muscular pain.

  • easier and fuller breathing

  • greater relaxation and well-being

  • improved performance in sport, dance, music and drama

  • greater ease in everyday activities

  • increased vitality