The Feldenkrais Method is an approach that helps you move, rest and live in your body with greater ease and skill. Through Feldenkrais you aim to become more flexible, strong, coordinated and comfortable, both in daily activities and specific artistic or sporting skills. But beyond this, the Feldenkrais approach to learning through movement helps you learn about yourself at deeper levels, awakening your potential for optimal function in all areas of your life.
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by the eminent, Russian-born scientist Dr Moshe Feldenkrais (1904- 1984). Feldenkrais believed our physical limitations and discomfort often stem from unconscious habits of muscular holding we develop through our lifetime, perhaps in times of injury or trauma. This becomes held as a pattern in our brains, which over time creates more stress and strain- a vicious circle. Feldenkrais sessions aim to break this circle, helping you recognise your individual habits of tension and discover alternatives to eliminate limitations and restrictions.
How it works: Feldenkrais may be effective because it changes our unconscious thought patterns about moving. There is now a huge amount of scientific research in the field of neuro-plasticity- the human brain’s remarkable capacity to rewire itself, adapt and repair damaged areas. We can learn and re-learn, not just in childhood as was previously thought, but throughout life and even after injury, stroke, etc. This has changed our understanding of how we can recover and rehabilitate. Moshe Feldenkrais was far ahead of his time in the development of this method which applies these principles of the brains ability to rewire itself, grow and improve.
Who is it for: People come to Feldenkrais for many reasons. Some need help with chronic pains, RSI or to prevent losing mobility in later years. Some have neurological conditions such as MS, Stroke or Cerebral Palsy. Parents bring children with developmental delay and learning difficulties. Others come to develop their skills in the arts or athletics Feldenkrais is taught in group classes and individual sessions.