Feldenkrais® stimulates the nervous system's innate sensory motor activities, freeing the client from habitual patterns and allowing new patterns of thinking, moving, and feeling to emerge. Feldenkrais® generally is practised in either group classes in Awareness Through Movement or in one-on-one personalized Functional Integration.
After Dr. Mosche Feldenkrais, a doctor of nuclear physics, injured his knee and was told he would have a 50% chance of being confined to a wheelchair, he decided to study anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology to improve his prospects. He combined his knowledge of martial arts, mechanics, and physics into a unique system of movement re-education and somatic practice, while gradually restoring his knee's functionality.
In Awareness Through Movement (ATM), treatment consists of classes where the practitioner engages clients in precisely structured movement explorations. The movements evolve from easy, comfortable movements into movements of greater range and complexity. Variations on movements are used to stimulate ongoing awareness. The learning is developed at each client's own pace.
In Functional Integration, treatment is performed with the client lying horizontally to minimize the effects of gravity. Gentle and non-invasive touch is used to communicate ways of comfortable and easy motion, assisting the client to relearn and reorganize motions into effortless and efficient movements. Clients are invited to explore unused range and types of motion.
Feldenkrais® can address issues within the nervous system as well as musculoskeletal conditions, recurring pain, and repetitive stress and sports injuries.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.