The Feldenkrais Method® of Movement Education
The Genius of Movement
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