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The Method

The FM was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), a man ahead of his time, when he tore the cruciate ligaments in his left knee while playing soccer in the 1930s. His knee was very unstable and he had to teach himself how to move without further damage. With his background in martial arts, his Diploma of Mechanical Engineering and his Doctorate in Physics, gained in Paris, he experimented with very small, slow non-habitual movements and gradually found easier, more efficient ways to move and ease his knee pain.  He was able to move well within the limitations of the damage to his knee, working on himself or having lessons from the Practitioners he had trained until he died in 1984. He established that functioning well depends on our internal understanding of ourselves and our actions. The FM cultivates a uniquely human capacity for self-improvement, through the conscious exploration of natural human movement.

Many people think this is one of the most exciting educational and therapeutic methods developed in our time. It is thoroughly researched and is based on Neuroplasticity and the Developmental sequences.

‘Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ Method will be of great benefit to all of the humanity. From my own experience, I know the remarkable results achieved.’
David Ben- Gurion, First Prime Minister of Israel

“Make the impossible-possible, the possible-easy, the easy-elegant”

Moshe Feldenkrais 1904-1984

Benefits

People who can benefit are those recovering from injury or strokes, everyone involved in precise movement skills, such as musicians, dancers, actors, athletes and those who use repetitive actions all day, such as computer workers or machine operators.
You will experience improvements in posture, breathing, flexibility, and awareness. The tension in muscles that we are using unnecessarily will release and all our musculature will be balanced which means our skeleton will be in its’ best alignment, moving easily and efficiently. What is more important is that we will learn to know from within ourselves when we are in our own optimal alignment. Pain relief is a welcome side effect of all this realignment.

Thinking can become clearer as the nervous system is not so cluttered with unnecessary movement and thought patterns. Many people find it easier to make decisions and focus their attention on what they really want to do with their lives.

Balance and co-ordination also improve so that we recover ourselves easily when we fall, or we fall without damaging ourselves. I saved myself from two broken wrists when I fell at tennis. I was about to hit the ground when my legs took over and ran me up to standing again. I burst out laughing as I was in my sixties then!

Awareness through Movement® classes (ATM)

Students are guided to re-experience simple non-habitual movement sequences. Awareness is focussed on breathing, coordination and self-image. We challenge old habits about “trying harder” by emphasising the quality of movement and sensing graceful, small, slow and efficient movements without pain. Each lesson is different and builds natural flexibility and balance at the students’ own pace.
Lessons are done in all the many positions we can use in real life so that we develop a more accurate self image and this transfers into our daily life. All students work within their own comfort range and rest when they need to. “Less effort, more gain” could be our motto, not “no pain, no gain”! There is no pressure to “achieve” but to arouse our curiosity about how we behave and explore ourselves from the inside out, not the outside in! At the end of a lesson, students often sense the support of their well-aligned skeletons and how much more freely they can move.
Some people come to the Method as a form of self-discovery, to learn more about themselves and to enhance their general wellbeing. (The FM has been proven to lower high blood pressure)

Thinking can become clearer as the nervous system is not so cluttered with unnecessary movement and thought patterns. Many people find it easier to make decisions and focus their attention on what they really want to do with their lives.

Functional Integration® lessons (FI)

These are for people with specific needs. The student lies fully clothed on a low padded table and is subtly guided to sense a wider variety of neuromuscular responses and encouraged to notice habitual movement patterns. Newly felt options are then integrated with everyday functions. Not manipulation, not treatment, this is a process which involves the participant in self-correction. You will notice that you are moving more easily through Life!
FIs are also done in many different positions in order to give the nervous system (NS) an experience it can take into the functional movements of everyday life such as bending, reaching, coming from lying to sitting to standing, walking, getting in and out of your car, reversing it (students often say they have to adjust their rear vision mirror after a lesson) running, jumping, swimming, sitting at a computer, using your voice well, getting down on the floor with your children or grandchildren, hanging the washing out etc. Our body image is not always accurate so the clearer your NS is from all perspectives of posture and movement, the more accurate your body image will be and the easier your life becomes.