About the Feldenkrais Method

What is the Feldenkrais Method?

The Feldenkrais Method seeks to improve a person’s ability to function in their everyday life. Using the natural ability of the brain to learn and to change, clients engage in gentle movements, expanding their ability to move with comfort and ease.

  People learn about themselves, how they move habitually and how they can change the way they move. They are
                                                    taught this through gentle explorations of movements, paying attention to their sensory experiences and building their      awareness of different movement possibilities.

The Feldenkrais Method is suitable for people with all levels of abilities, from those living with severe limitations due to pain or neurological conditions, to those trying to improve their elite performance in sport or dance.

How does a Feldenkrais practitioner work?

There are two forms of the Feldenkrais Method, Functional Integration and Awareness Through Movement.

In Functional Integration the Feldenkrais practitioner works with individual clients, moving them gently, using touch to engage the client's sensory learning. Clients remain fully clothed and generally lie on a low bed, though lessons in sitting and standing are also used.

Awareness Through Movement lessons are group lessons. The Feldenkrais practitioner verbally guides the class through a sequence of movements, allowing each person to move at their own pace, encouraging each participant to fully sense themselves and expanding each person’s movement capacity.

Who was Moshe Feldenkrais?

Dr Feldenkrais (1904 - 1984) trained in engineering, but was drawn into the study of human movement following a knee injury. He had been a keen student of the martial art Judo, writing his first book on this subject (Higher Judo); a book that is still of interest to martial arts enthusiasts and has recently been reprinted. His interests were broad, encompassing education, physics, cybernetics, sociology and psychology.

He was one of the first people to understand the concept of neural plasticity, realising it is much more effective to work on changing a person’s brain rather than just working on their muscles.

He began working with individual clients, helping them benefit from his knowledge and he progressed to training practitioners to continue on his innovative approach. 

Where is the Feldenkrais Method practised?

There are Feldenkrais practitioners all over the world, particularly in Europe, Israel and North America. In Australia there are hundreds of practitioners offering classes and individual sessions  and Japan is currently emerging as a growing centre for the Method.  All Feldenkrais practitioners have undergone an extensive training program over several years, and to remain certified they must engage in ongoing education.