What is Feldenkrais®?

The nervous system possesses a remarkable ability to learn.

The Feldenkrais® Method was developed in the 1940s by Moshe Feldenkrais. a Russian immigrant to Israel, after being told that his chances of recovering from a serious knee injury were slim. Combining knowledge of anatomy, physiology, engineering, and martial arts, he explored many internal and external factors that both affect and determine how an individual moves.

He discovered people’s natural flexibility and movement skills are often limited. Remaining within this limited motion not only inhibits personal growth, but also keeps individuals locked into patterns of pain and tension, or simply less comfortable movement.

Feldenkrais® also observed that the nervous system possesses a remarkable ability to learn. Given new messages, its natural tendency is to re-organize and incorporate that information. This is one reason why the effects of injuries can linger for years, and it’s the reason that new patterns of movement can be learned and integrated into daily life. So the question then becomes–

Do you want to continue with those old painful habits or try healthier and more efficient ways of movement?

People possess a remarkable ability to learn. A unique quality of the Feldenkrais Method® is the emphasis placed on learning. Thus the practitioner is referred to as a teacher, the client as a student, and their interaction a lesson. The teacher’s challenge is to create an environment that encourages the student to learn: to move, to change, to heal. The students are beckoned to participate in the process–to become aware–to learn what they are actually feeling, sensing and doing. In Feldenkraisenkrais’ familiar words,

“If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want!”