WHAT'S THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD®?
So you have what you have: your body, your brain and nervous system.
Now HOW do you use them for translate your intentions into action?
The Feldenkrais Method® definitely focuses on "the how."
The Feldenkrais Method® examines our process of translating our intentions into action. And this is interesting because movement make up our actions. Through the Feldenkrais Method® we develop a keener ability to sense ourselves, and our system actually becomes more intelligent - more discerning - and so we develop a more refined internal guidance from this richer ability to perceive sensorial information that will enable us to find new and perhaps optimal ways of using ourselves (our human material) to suit varying daily circumstances. These new "strategies" in daily action may help us improve in our favourite activities and even help us overcome what we previously viewed as "problems".
Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais believed that human improvement is infinite. His method of sensory-motor education has helped many regain lost functions and helped many to develop their processes of learning for continual improvement of their motor skills regardless of age. Dr. Feldenkrais understood the power of our ability to learn as human beings. It was with long apprenticeship that we learned to roll, crawl, sit, stand and walk, while other animals are born with the neurological wiring to stand up and run within hours after their birth. This shows that our nervous system has the capacity to reshape and evolve throughout life from new experiences, a phenomenon widely known as NEUROPLASTICITY.
It is the job of a Feldenkrais practitioner to create an environment where the person can learn something new.
The method is taught in two ways: Awareness Through Movment (ATM) lessons
With the Feldenkrais Method® we learn to improve your way of moving, with more efficiency, ease and pleasure.
We remould the way we think, sense, and feel to facilitate easier movement and also more options of movement. We sense new details that will inform the way we carry out movements, movements being ingredients of action.
It is a method of sensory-motor education. The emphasis on learning is the key to the method. We form and develop our own process of learning and refine the use of our HUMAN MATERIAL.
From Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais himself
“What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity. ”
“Unless you know what you are doing,
you don’t have any choice.
If you don’t have a choice, if you can’t do the same thing at least two different ways,
you are a machine.
If you can differentiate the movement,
if you have an alternative way of doing something,
you restore human dignity to what it could be.”
"Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself."