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What is the Feldenkrais Method?

The Feldenkrais Method is a somatic educational system designed by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984). The Feldenkrais method aims to improve complete movement , aiming to expand and refine the use of the self through awareness, in order to reduce pain or limitations in movement, and promote general well-being. The Feldenkrais Method is often regarded as falling within the field of integrative medicine or complementary medicine.  In the Western nations with state-sponsered medicals, only in Sweden is the method is practised within the normal healthcare system usually by physiotherapists.

Approach

Feldenkrais believed that health is founded on good function. He asserted that his method of body/mind exploration improved functioning (health) by making individuals more aware: "What I am after is more flexible minds, not just more flexible bodies". The Feldenkrais Method tends towards being a form of self-education as opposed to a manipulative therapy. Feldenkrais' approach was essentially experiential, grounded in tools of self-discovery and movement inquiry.

Techniques:

  • Awareness Through Movement (ATM)
  • Functional Integration (FI) lessons

Professional Governance:

Feldenkrais practitioners complete 740–800 hours of training over a 3 to 4 year period. Feldenkrais practitioners are licensed by a Feldenkrais guild, and each guild maintains lists of practitioners.

“The aim (of the Feldenkrais Method) is a person that is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works.”
-Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD

The Profession

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