What is the Feldenkrais Method?
"In order to change our mode of action, we must change the image of ourselves that we carry within us".
You might ask Felden what? Named for Moshe Feldenkrais, a scientist who studied human movement, anatomy and applied his expertise in physics to find alternate answers to surgery. The "Awareness Through Movement" class is exactly that. It is an awareness or a curiosity of your movements, you might say each class is an exploration of yourself. It is intended to relax your nervous system, bring awareness to your movement and possibly find alternate pathways. Every class is different and every class incorporates your entire self. One class may speak to you more than another, and I invite you to try at least three classes to start.
What to expect? To get the best results, make each movement slow and easy. Pay attention to what you feel in your body and do only what is easy. Taking the time to notice what you feel is an important part of every lesson. While most of what we do may not be difficult, it may be unfamiliar and should never be painful. The time after a class is precious and best if you can rest and notice any changes. You may feel a wide range of interesting experiences or you may feel more flexible, calmer, or refreshed.
Many people are not sure whether this class is right for them or got discouraged in other classes, and never begin. This class provides a safe non-competitive approach to get you started. Especially now that classes are on Zoom you can practice in the privacy of your own home. Feldenkrais is for every "body" and not limited by age or ability. You're encouraged to do what's right for you. Practiced mostly lying down, sometimes on your belly or side...or in a chair with standing poses (optional), we move slowly and with attention, focusing on every movement. You're encouraged to feel the sensations in your body while working within your own pain-free range.
While this is great for a beginner, it's also a gentle reminder for the more advanced to slow it down, de-stress and nurture yourself.
Remember ...."what happens on the mat doesn't need to stay on the mat”!