What is a Feldenkrais class?

Feldenkrais classes target how to reduce stress and help prevent joint and muscular pain. You will learn gentle yet efficient Feldenkrais exercises that you can work with at home to improve your daily movement and body awareness.

What is the Feldenkrais Method?

The Feldenkrais Method of somatic education addresses how we move and how we can change our movement. This is achieved by using fundamental movement patterns to develop awareness and improve movement and postural habits. Learning is directed towards moving with minimum effort and maximum efficiency.

What are fundamental movement patterns?

These are the first movements that we learn as infants that lead to coordinated actions such as, rolling, pushing, crawling, standing, walking etc. As adults, we sometimes lose these movements due to injury, trauma, inactive lifestyles or adverse working conditions.

How does the Feldenkrais Method work?

The Feldenkrais method is practiced and taught in both individual and group classes. In group classes the teacher verbally proposes inhabitual and novel movement sequences leading to new and more efficient coordination patterns.

Age or ability is not important as the focus is on learning to improve fluidity and dexterity in movement. In the individual classes, the teacher uses both verbal cuing and hands on guidance to create new movement, coordination and postural patterns. In these sessions the client learns the best movement options available to them.

What strategies are used?

Using personal experience as the starting point for learning. Using an approach that considers the different abilities of each person. Using language as the model for movement. Directing participants’ attention to their own body movement instead of the teacher’s.

Who may benefit?

People needing to relearn proprioceptive or motor skills following injury,trauma or sickness. People needing to improve coordination and reduce pain in daily movement. People wanting to improve posture and overall feeling of well-being in movement.

What sort of results.

Improved posture. New coordination patterns. Reduced pain and muscular tension.