"Movement is life, life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself."
Moshe Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais® Method 
is an approach to health and learning that uses gentle movement and directed focus to improve physical and mental functioning. Dr. Feldenkrais’ method draws upon the fundamental unity of body and mind. Users of the method can increase range of motion, improve flexibility and coordination, and rediscover, at any age, their inborn capacity for graceful, efficient movement. Learning to focus mind and cultivate the kinesthetic sense is the foundation of all learning.

The method uses developmental movement sequences, recognized by the nervous system, to help individuals move past their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities in a unique manner. Students are gently schooled in learning to move in new ways that enliven their bodies, minds, and stabilize their emotions.

Expanding awareness of how one thinks, senses, feels, and moves opens the door naturally to personal improvement and development.

Feldenkrais Benefits a Wide Range of Individuals

Everyone can benefit from Feldenkrais. Musicians, dancers, actors, and writers find it expands their abilities while stimulating their creativity. Athletes, professional and amateur, use the method to understand and refine their form and execution. Older individuals use it to retain or regain their ability to move without strain or discomfort. It helps individuals experiencing chronic or acute pain of the back, neck, shoulders, hips, legs, or knees, as well as healthy individuals who wish to move with greater flexibility and sturdiness. It has also proven useful in resolving neurological, orthopedic, chronic pain and stress-related conditions.

How the Feldenkrais Method Is Experienced

The Feldenkrais Method is offered in two ways.

  • In a group, the certified Feldenkrais teacher leads Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons, or
  • In private with an individual student, the certified Feldenkrais teacher gives Functional Integration® lessons.

What to Expect in
Awareness Through Movement Group Lessons

In group Awareness Through Movement lessons, the Feldenkrais teacher verbally leads students through a sequence of movements in basic positions:

sitting or lying on the floor, standing, or sitting in a chair. These precisely structured explorations of movement are designed to involve thinking, sensing, moving, feeling, and imagining. Using gentle direction and unforced movements, the teacher helps students learn to abandon habitual patterns and develop new alternatives. The new way of moving improves flexibility and coordination and frees individuals to inhabit their bodies in more supportive, less taxing ways.

Many lessons are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities such as reaching, standing, going from lying to sitting, looking behind oneself, etc. Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. There are hundreds of ATM lessons, varying in difficulty and complexity, for all levels of movement ability. A lesson lasts between 30 and 90 minutes.

What to Expect in Functional Integration Private Lessons

Private Functional Integration lessons are tailored to each student’s individual learning needs. The Feldenkrais teacher guides the individual—using gentle, non-invasive touching and spoken directions and concepts—in helping the body release rigid patterns and tensions and find more effective ways to function. These movement sequences provide positive messages directly to the neuromuscular system. Receiving new information through the practitioner’s touch encourages a response of moving with greater fluidity.

Students are fully clothed, lying on a table or in a sitting or standing position. At times, various props (pillows, rollers, blankets) are used to support the student or to facilitate certain movements. The lesson is carried out without the use of any invasive or forceful procedure.

How the Feldenkrais Method Differs from Massage and Chiropractic

While Feldenkrais, massage, and chiropractic practices all touch the individual, the Feldenkrais Method is quite different in its focus. In massage, the practitioner works directly with the muscles; in chiropractic, the focus is on the bones. These are structural approaches undertaken to affect changes in structure (the muscles and spine). Feldenkrais works with the individual’s ability to regulate and coordinate movement, which involves working with the mind, nervous system, and the whole person.

How the Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) Classes Differ from Yoga

Yoga was originally developed in India as part of a spiritual practice; at that time, efficient movement was taken for granted. Yoga’s early focus was to promote a sense of self by placing the body in certain demanding positions that opened the flow of energy and stimulated specific glands. In contrast, The Feldenkrais Method is more process-oriented, exploring movement sequences rather than achieving postures and holding them. The Feldenkrais Method uses an organic system to free individuals from their limitations. Bringing awareness to movement variations enables individuals to recognize and explore the ongoing dance between stability and flexibility in themselves. The goal of Feldenkrais is to help each individual learn to move in the particular harmony that supports his or her mobility in all areas of life.

How Feldenkrais Practitioners Are Trained

All Feldenkrais practitioners must complete at least 740- 800 hours of training over a period of four years. Trainees participate in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration lessons, lectures, discussions, and group process. They watch videos of founder Moshe Feldenkrais teaching. Newtonian mechanics, physics, neurophysiology, development of movement, biology, and learning theories are covered in the training programs.


Moshe Feldenkrais, Founder of The Feldenkrais Method


Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was a physicist who combined his extensive knowledge of physics and mechanics with the study of neurology, anatomy, biology, and psychology. He made revolutionary discoveries about the relationship between bodily movement and the ways we think, feel, and learn. He believed that his method of body/mind exploration leads to improved functioning, as individuals become more aware and discover improved use. He was unequivocal about the method’s scope: “What I am after is more flexible minds, not just more flexible bodies.” Among his writings are: Awareness Through Movement, Body and Mature Behavior, The Case of Nora, The Elusive Obvious, Higher Judo, and The Potent Self.





Volume 1 of the first biography of Moshe Feldenkrais is now available at feldenkraisresources.com










The 2015 book pusbished in 2015 by Dr. Norman Doidge has two chapters devoted to Moshe Feldenkrais, a pioneer in neuroplasticity and The Feldenkrais Method. It is a very interesting read. I highly recommend it.





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