The Feldenkrais Method is Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais‘ synthesis of science (physics, mathematics, and engineering); martial arts (judo, jiu-jitsu); psychological systems, anatomy, cybernetics, bio-mechanics, physiology, and observations into developmental based patterns of human movement and behavior.
The Feldenkrais Method is a process of self-education and transformation that reflects a lifetime of experience, self-observation, and synthesis by its creator. Students of the Feldenkrais Method explore every aspect of themselves including their physical, intellectual, emotional, and imaginative faculties.
Greater freedom of thought, action, and self-expression, including:
“I am not seeking to develop flexible bodies, but flexible minds… I am interested in the re-establishment of our human dignity.”
ATM lessons are a verbally guided process of movement exploration. Dr. Feldenkrais created approximately one thousand distinct ATMs. They are usually presented in a group setting, though the experience is primarily individual and personal. They employ movements from sports, dance, and the martial arts, natural patterns of neurological functioning, and developmental movements as observed in infants and children. ATM is done in a wide variety of positions including sitting, lying on the side, back, and stomach, as well as standing and walking.
Feldenkrais practitioners are also able to bring awareness to an individual’s habitual and frequently self-limiting, emotional and physical behavior patterns. This is accomplished by means of Functional Integration (FI), a gentle non-invasive, hands-on interaction between the practitioner and the client. This primarily non-verbal, one-on-one exploration offers the same benefits as Awareness Through Movement. In FI, Dr. Feldenkrais observed his students’ daily activities and guided them toward greater ease of action and organization in activities such as walking, sitting, turning, bending, reaching, crawling, jumping, eating and breathing. Functional Integration is suitable for people of all ages and all walks of life, from the physically challenged to the extremely able athlete or performing artist.
Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® are registered service marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.
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