The Feldenkrais Method®
The Feldenkrais Method® is an educational approach to improving life through better movement, sensation, posture and breathing. Science shows the nervous system is more malleable than we though and Neuroplasticity is central to the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method®.
Trained practitioners use touch, movement, guided imagery and mindful body awareness to stimulate the brain to make useful and lasting improvements to movement and posture. These improvements can be directed towards assisting problems like pain, injuries and neurological issues, as well as assisting peak performance in sports and the performing arts.
Besides these specific benefits, people often find that improving their movement and posture improves their overall health and well-being, leading to better attention, thinking ability, emotional resilience, coordination, balance, and easier breathing.
In Awareness Through Movement® (ATM), a practitioner will guide you through a planned sequence of movement explorations. Having completed two years of training (over 500 hours), I am now in my third year of Feldenkrais training. I am a qualified ‘student teacher’ of Awareness Through Movement® classes, fully insured and subscribing to the Feldenkrais Guild UK code of practice.
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984)
Moshe Feldenkrais was an engineer, physicist, inventor, martial artist and student of human development. He was born in eastern Europe and emigrated to Palestine as a young man. Later he studied a doctorate in Physics at the Sorbonne in Paris and worked in early nuclear research in the Joliot Curie laboratory during the 1930s. Whilst in Paris he became interested in Ju Jitsu and met Jigaro Kano who developed the sport of Judo. He and was one of the first Europeans to earn a black belt in Judo and a founder of the Ju Jitsu Club of Paris.
Escaping Nazi Germany he went to Scotland and worked on anti-submarine research for the Admiralty. Here he began to develop his Method. A knee injury, and uncertain prospects for surgery, set Feldenkrais on a life long exploration of the relationship between movement and consciousness. Whilst developing his work Moshe Feldenkrais studied anatomy, physiology, child development, movement science, evolution, psychology, a number of Eastern awareness practices and other somatic approaches.
Dr. Feldenkrais worked with all kinds of people with an enormous range of learning needs – from infants with Cerebral Palsy to leading performers such as the violinist, the late Yehudi Menuhin. He collaborated with thinkers such as anthropologist Margaret Mead, neuroscientist Karl Pribram and explorers of the psychophysical Jean Houston and Robert Masters.
Dr. Feldenkrais’ work has been applied in diverse fields including neurology, psychology, performing arts, sports and rehabilitation.
In the 1950s, Dr. Feldenkrais returned to Israel where he lived and worked until he died in 1984 in Tel Aviv.