The Feldenkrais Method is an educational system that teaches the awareness of ones body through movement. The Feldenkrais Method was named after its creator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, an Israeli-born physicist and judo practitioner, who asserted that familiarity with ones own body results in better overall functioning of the body and mind. As a result, the mind-body connection makes for a healthier individual.
Since Dr. Feldenkrais believed that a healthy individual must be in tune with their own body, he established Feldenkrais as a holistic therapy that the client participates in, rather than a physical treatment performed by a disconnected practitioner. Dr. Feldenkrais believed that humans hardly used their bodies to their full potential. His response, the Feldenkrais Method, teaches students to think before you move and to use your body to its full potential with classes that stress flexibility, posture, and breathing. The innate knowledge of your body helps you to move safely and only expend the needed energy to do certain tasks. As a result pain, and muscle and joint stress are reduced.
Feldenkrais holistic therapy is meant for anyone who desires to reconnect with their body. It teaches the most natural and safe ways to move, think and feel through balancing techniques and a series of manipulative sequences that cause us to think about our responses and how to respond properly with our bodies. Students of the Feldenkrais Method claim, after learning the techniques, they have better self-awareness.
Dancers, musicians and actors are generally the most typical students of Feldenkrais. This is because their movements are integral to their livelihood. However the Feldenkrais method is beneficial to any individual who wants to do the following:
Reduce Joint or Muscle Pain in areas such as the back, spine, knees, neck, hips, shoulders, ankles and wrists.
Extend Range of Motion in the case of debilitating conditions such as strokes or cerebral palsy.
Improve Flexibility, Posture & Balance in the case of dancers, skaters and gymnasts.
Improves Self- Confidence - encourages personal development.