The Feldenkrais Method® of Movement Education
Reach further than you thought possible.
The Feldenkrais Method® is a dynamic approach to developing strength, flexibility, and balance–ultimately improving the range of motion in our joints and teaching us to move with greater efficiency and elegance.
The Feldenkrais Method® helps you:
- Refine posture, balance, and athletic ability
- Develop graceful, efficient, powerful movement
- Recover from injury, pain, anxiety and stress
- Support creativity
- Move with increased confidence and pleasure
“Feldenkrais is not just pushing muscles around, but changing things in the brain itself.”
Karl Pribram, M.D., Neuroscientist, Stanford University, Winner of the Havel Prize in Neuroscience
The Theory behind the Practice
Moshe Feldenkrais, a physicist, mechanical engineer, and martial artist, developed this approach to learning in the early 1940’s, determined to overcome a debilitating knee injury of his own. Today the Feldenkrais Method is used all over the world by athletes, dancers and people of all ages.
The Feldenkrais Method can be experienced in two ways:
Private Sessions/”Functional Integration”®(FI)
A private FI session involves lying on a massage-like table, fully clothed, while the Practitioner touches and gently moves specific parts of the body and limbs. The aim is to discover patterns of movement that will lead to improvement in the way a person feels and functions.
Group Classes/”Awareness Through Movement”®(ATM)
Donna’s classes welcome all levels of experience. Lying on floor mats or sitting in chairs, classes begin with slow, unusual, delicate movements in a variety of positions, and progress into more dynamic, challenging movements. This process enhances our balance, coordination, fosters creative thinking, and helps us develop new postural habits.
“All I can say is that it works!” – Jaime Ochoa
Donna Wood has been teaching and exploring the Feldenkrais Method for 20 years. Her immersion in dance and martial arts inform her teaching. She holds a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, and the rank of Professor in the Brazilian marital art of Capoiera.
”I am excited to share my approach to the Feldenkrais Method, informed by my martial arts and dance training. These disciplines have shaped my life in unexpected ways. The Method is dynamic, but it is also small–with tiny, sensing differences.”
Donna is a Spanish speaker. She lives, and has a private practice on both sides of the Border. She works with athletes, dancers, musicians, people recovering from injuries, those experiencing pain, children, people with age-related issues, and people with disabilities. She teaches in France, Italy and Greece. Donna has the additional certification of Assistant Trainer and teaches in four-year Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs.
The Feldenkrais Method–like sculpting–involves the act of creation. Michelangelo said, “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood in front of me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to other eyes as mine see it.”
Donna views the Feldenkrais Method as a means to “hew away” at our habits and old patterns, in order to discover our full potential.
Here are some of Donna’s sculptures;
Contact Donna: (619) 787-6257