About the Feldenkrais method®
...all the method can do
“...The intention of this practice, organization, or learning needs to be done so that whatever is already existing in the nervous system and disturbed by habit, can be brought back to life. All the method can do is assist a person to discover his full ability. That is all the method can do.
In wanting to be different from what the person really is, the person creates a framework and wants to force his body into that framework. With that model you can exercise your whole life with great disappointment. You can only find what is currently present, what exists, in order to organize it or allow it to appear. For that to happen you need quiet learning and not the decision, “I have to arrive.”
Pulling and pushing to arrive only disrupts; it stretches and pulls in those places that should not lengthen under these conditions. If you listen to where you could improve your organization, the muscles lengthen in a way that remains. It stays as something that has been acquired with the knowledge of how to turn the body. You are forcing your learning if you do it under conditions of difficulty...Who learns when they do something like that? Accomplishing any thing under these conditions is a damage to the body, and not a help.
Anything that is learned is learned slowly, without pushing. Anything you know well is like this.
Everything you learned under duress, forcing, through pain, or with effort to succeed is something you forget. You never do them with pleasure and they are worth nothing.”
The Feldenkrais Method® is taught both in group lessons (Awareness Through Movement®) – where the voice of the practitioner invites to explore and expand one’s own abilities to move, sense and learn – and in individual lessons (Functional Integration®) – where the practitioner guides hands-on the person in a non-verbal dialogue to discover integrated, intuitive and funcional movements.
The Feldenkrais Method® enables to:
- improve posture and flexibility
- refine the coordination of and the awareness for movements and gestures
- achieve more efficient motor organizations that are useful to people who have orthopedic and/or neurological problems
- relieve stress and pain
- increase precision in athletic and artistic performance
- develop dexterity and sensory acuity
- increase pleasure of movement in everyday life
- prevent accidents due to motor disorganization
- reduce recovery time after a trauma and/or a surgical operation
- facilitate learning by learning how to learn
- enrich one’s self-image
- increase confidence in one’s possibilities