The Feldenkrais Method guides us through our process of maturing as human beings. This can lead us towards a freedom that we did not even know existed. It helps us become aware of our patterns and makes it easier to select more functional, intelligent and healthier alternatives so that we can reach our potential.
Health professionals, therapists, psychologists, doctors, artists, athletes, physical therapists and other professionals involved with movement and learning, among others, have been inspired and found well-being through this process. People with limited mobility or recurring pain have also found relief through the method.
The Feldenkrais Method has two approaches:
Self-awareness through movement
A teacher verbally guides the students through sequences of movements that have an internal and functional logic. The students learn to feel what is possible and appropriate in each particular case. This frequently leads them far beyond what they thought possible. More often than not, this learning approach becomes an emotional experience, like making a quantum leap: recognising a boundary and finding a way to cross it by using intelligence and wisdom instead of strength or will.
This approach is what we could refer to as the “artisanal” part of the method. Instead of words, the teacher uses their hands to guide the student. It is a highly specific technique that responds to the needs of each student, and its application is extremely versatile. This non-invasive, soft-touch, respectful technique aims to help the students feel and learn new ways of moving, which lets them improve their coordination and the structure of their actions. It also makes it possible to explore significant issues or topics that may be relevant for the student.