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." Moshe Feldenkrais
You might ask Felden what? Named for Moshe Feldenkrais, a scientist who studied human movement, anatomy and applied his expertise in physics to find an alternate answer to surgery for his knee injury. "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.
What to expect? To get the best results, make each movement slow and easy. Pay attention to what you feel in your body. Everything you feel is significant. Taking the time to notice what you feel is an important part of every lesson. We rest periodically to allow our brain to process the movement and give ourselves a moment to feel any differences. While most of what we do may not be difficult, it may be unfamiliar and should never be painful. After class you may feel a wide range of interesting experiences? You may feel flexible in parts of your body where you have been stiff for a long time. You may feel changes immediately, or you may feel improvement later on or even the next day or .......not at all. Some classes may be sprinkled with Gentle Yoga.
Many people think they can't do a Feldenkrais class, get discouraged, and never begin. This class provides a safe non-competitive approach to get you started. Feldenkrais is for every "body" and not limited by age or ability. You're encouraged to do whats right for you. Practiced mostly lying down, or in a chair with some standing poses, we move slowly focusing on every movement. Moving slowly takes practice and don't be surprised if you let yourself feel a relaxation response like a sigh of relief, a more relaxed breath, or perhaps stirring up emotional feelings. It's all good. 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”!