What a Feldenkrais Practitioner does
“”If you can teach people to stand on their feet and to like themselves, you will be needed across the world.”
The Feldenkrais practitioner observes how people move, understands how they can move and guides them in coordinating their movements in a comfortable and effective way of acting. By learning the principles underlying the functioning of the human structure and understanding how what we do interfere with what we think we are doing, the practitioner creates the conditions so that the students can feel their inborn capacities, learn new abilities and recover lost abilites.
After the completion of the training program, the Feldenkrais practitioner applies the Method to physiotherapy and rehabilitation in the field of gerontology and motor re-education with children and adults in a variety of conditions and with different needs. The Method is also taught successfully in the following fields: sports, dance, martial arts, vocal and physical performance and in all those activities where people “make some effort” to move.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM
It is a 4-year program with 40 days per year, 6-hour class every day for a total amount of 960 hours. Upon enrolling in the third year, Trainees are authorized to teach Awereness Through Movement® for their personal learning and are qualified as Teacher-Trainee to teach Awareness Through Movement® lessons.
At the end of the fourth year, upon graduation, Trainees are authorized to teach both Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®.
The Diploma is an international qualification and is recognized by all the International Feldenkrais Associations.
HOW AND WHAT YOU LEARN
For four years, two sessions per year, Trainers will teach:
- observational skills
- tactile and kinesthetic sensitivity
- a theoretical understanding upon which the effectiveness of the Method is based
- the high teaching competence required to start teaching the Method, both in group and individual lessons
Through their personal research, by exploring the dynamics of somatic learning in depth, Trainees:
learn the fundamental elements; how we move, how we can move, how we develop our not-yet-explored potential
achieve progressively the foundation for the skills of manual practice and observation, under the guidance of some of the most experienced European and American Trainers who have worked and studied directly with Moshe Feldenkrais experience his teaching “live”, through a rich selection of videotapes, in order to have a direct experience of Feldenkrais and his ideas acquire the required conceptual concepts, through lessons, study groups, lectures and discussions. Lessons in anatomy, theory of communication, learning theory and systems theory are included are trained to propose the “art” of the Feldenkrais Method and teaching both to the public and to people with special needs and interests receive at least 12 Functional Integration® lessons by Trainers, Assistant Trainers and Training Practitioners throughout the four years
deepen and regularly verify what they have learned in class through study groups under Mara Fusero’s supervision.
The program develops a dynamic teaching that leads to learn the Method in its two aspects: group and individual lessons. The Centro Feldenkrais is outlining an apprenticeship program for the Trainees in the third and fourth years.
WHOM IS THE TRAINING FOR
As movement is the key to life itself, the Feldenkrais Method® is applied in a variety of fields of activity. With movement and somatic learning as objects of exploration, the Method opens up broad horizons: prevention in the field of health, rehabilitation, sport training, performers’ training, pain control, gerontology, communication and education.
It can be helpful to:
those who work for and on their own health and the health of the others (doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychomotor therapists, educational staff, masseurs…)
personal trainers and sport coaches who recognize movement organization as an antidote against accidents and as a way to speed up recovery processes
athletes and sport people who want to get greater self-awareness, achieve enhanced performance through a better use of their whole bodies and increase their stamina
performers, musicians, dancers, painters… who want to improve their specific abilities and the deep connection between kynesthetic sense and expressive capacity
those who – because of professional reasons – live a particularly stressing and constrained life in terms of posture (managers, salespeople, employees, drivers…)
those who wish to improve the harmony of their gestures and those who are curious and interested in knowing themselves
Accredited by Euro-TAB (European Accreditation Board) and by AIIMF