Mu Yi Kuo
"Errors are essential.
There is no right way to move,
only better ways."
What is Feldenkrais?
In the Feldenkrais field, we call clients students, not patients, because the Feldenkrais Method is based on learning. Feldenkrais Students are full participants in their own improvement, and sessions are called lessons rather than treatment.
The Feldenkrais Method offers each person the possibility to function at their best in their own daily life.
It teaches us how each part of the body cooperates in every movement, assists us in improving the coordination our actions and helps us to be more available physically and mentally. It creates the conditions for everyone to discover movements that have been forgotten or excluded from our usual way of doing things, to overcome limits that resulted from stress, an injury, an accident, or simply to find easier ways of sitting, walking, running, turning... The joy of moving!
What does Feldenkrais do as a
Somatic Learning Method and who does it help?
I would like to emphasize again that Feldenkrais is not a form of therapy. Feldenkrais lessons cannot replace a doctor's visit and no diagnoses will be given. Feldenkrais is a Somatic Learning Method, which sees the mind and body as an integral whole.
It helps with (chronic) pain and tension.
It promotes improvement of posture, balance and mobility.
It supports a healthy way of dealing with stress.
It offers athletes, dancers, musicians, performers, old and young alike, valuable assistance in making day-to-day life both efficient and relaxed.
"...Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, the easy elegant, pleasurable, and finally aesthetically pleasing."
How does Feldenkrais work?
There are two ways to experience Feldenkrais lessons:
Functional Integration (FI)
One to one Hands--On Class
The lesson takes place with students in a sitting/standing position or lying on a low table. Students are fully clothed in comfortable, unrestrictive clothing without shoes. Feldenkrais teachers approach students by beginning with a reflection on how they are currently organizing their body and actions. Teachers then continually suggest expanded possibilities for various movements, through a non-invasive, hands-on guide through movement patterns.
Awareness Through Movement (ATM)
The teacher guides the students through the lesson verbally, there is no demonstration of any movement. Each student finds their own organisation according to the instructions from the teacher, with the movements done slowly, gently and attentively.
“I knew who I was this morning,
but I've changed a few times since then.”
"Alice in Wonderland"
Having been a professional contemporary dancer for the past 30 years, dealing with injury and experiencing pain has become part of my daily life. This self-image I had on my body’s ability which I thought would never change, began to shift as I came into contact with Feldenkrais.
Feldenkrais introduced me to a way to decode myself, to do things differently in order to gain the easiness and comfort: It shook off the deep-rooted idea I had of how my body functions and what it can do. As I started to walk easier, run lighter and turn smoother, my mind began to experience simplicity.
My wish of wanting to share the idea, that life can be easy if we learn how to create choices for ourselves, led me to sharing the experience of Feldenkrais.