The Feldenkrais method is a unique and innovative approach to body awareness and movement education. It is rooted in the principles of neuroplasticity and aims to help the brain expand awareness and learn effortlessly. This method has been applied in various fields, including rehabilitation, chronic pain, performing arts, sports, and personal development.
One of the core components of the Feldenkrais method is Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons. These lessons are designed to guide you through a series of gentle and mindful movements, focusing on minimizing efforts. Unlike traditional exercises that often emphasize repetition and external goals, ATM lessons encourage you to explore your own movement potential and develop a deep sense of self-awareness. Through this process, you can enhance your coordination, flexibility, and overall physical comfort, while also cultivating a more profound and compassionate connection between your mind and body.
The method is named after its founder, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, a physicist and Judo master who developed this approach in the mid-20th century. Inspired by his own experiences with injury and chronic pain, Feldenkrais combined his scientific knowledge with principles of movement, anatomy, and neuroscience to create a method that has since gained global recognition. Today, the Feldenkrais method continues to evolve and be practiced by individuals seeking to improve their well-being, enhance their performance, and tap into their innate potential for growth and self-discovery.
The Feldenkrais method can help with:
- Chronic pain and discomfort
- Postural imbalances
- Movement limitations and restrictions
- Stress-related tension and anxiety
- Rehabilitation after surgery or injury
- Balance and coordination difficulties
- Performance enhancement in sports, dance, singing, and other physical activities
- Neurological conditions affecting movement and coordination
- Enhancing body awareness and self-expression
It is important to note that the Feldenkrais method is a holistic approach that prompts the improvement of the whole individual. It is not problem-driven so much as a methodology to expand the possibility of learning and improving through exploration.
In a private session, the teacher will be able to find an ATM lesson suits you the most, adapt a standard ATM lesson based on your specific condition and needs, as well as give you very timely feedback to make the learning experience more enjoyable.