a learning method
Awareness of movement
What is the Feldenkrais Method?
The Feldenkrais Method® is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life.
The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. By expanding the self-image through movement sequences that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness, the Method enables you to include more of yourself in your functioning movements. Students become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and expand options for new ways of moving. By increasing sensitivity the Feldenkrais Method assists you to live your life more fully, efficiently and comfortably.
The Feldenkrais Method is expressed in two parallel forms: Functional Integration® and Awareness Through Movement®.
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Functional Integration® in individual lessons
What happens in a Functional Integration® Lesson?
As Feldenkrais practitioners guide you through movement sequences verbally in Awareness Through Movement lessons, they also guide you through movement in Functional Integration lessons with gentle non-invasive touching.
Functional Integration is performed with the student fully clothed, usually lying on a table or with the student in sitting or standing positions. At times, various props (pillows, rollers, blankets ) are used in an effort to support the person’s body configuration or to facilitate certain movements. The learning process is carried out without the use of any invasive or forceful procedure.
Functional Integration is a hands-on form of tactile, kinesthetic communication. The practitioner communicates how you organize your body and, through gentle touching and movement, conveys the experience of comfort, pleasure and ease of movement while you learn how to reorganize your body and behavior in new and more expanded functional motor patterns.
In Functional Integration the practitioner/teacher develops a lesson for you, custom-tailored to your unique configuration at that particular moment, relating to a desire, intention or need you have. Through rapport and respect for your abilities, qualities and integrity, the practitioner/teacher creates an environment in which you can learn comfortably.
Awareness Through Movement Classes - group lessons
What Happens in an Awareness Through Movement® Lesson?
Awareness Through Movement (ATM) consists of verbally directed movement sequences presented primarily to groups. A lesson generally lasts from thirty to sixty minutes. Each lesson is usually organized around a particular function.
In Awareness Through Movement lessons, people engage in precisely structured movement explorations that involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Many are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities. Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle and postural relationships. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity.
ATM lessons attempt to make one aware of his/her habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and to expand options for new ways of moving while increasing sensitivity and improving efficiency. There are hundreds of Awareness Through Movement lessons contained in the Feldenkrais Method that vary, for all levels of movement ability, from simple in structure and physical demand, to more difficult lessons.
A major goal of Awareness Through Movement is to learn how one’s most basic functions are organized and improve. By experiencing the details of how one performs any action, the student has the opportunity to learn how to:
•attend to his/her whole self
•eliminate unnecessary energy expenditure
•mobilize his/her intentions into actions
•learn and improve
The emphasis is on learning which movements work better and noticing the quality of these changes in your body. Through increased awareness, you will learn to abandon habitual patterns of movement and develop new alternatives, resulting in improved flexibility and coordination.
How do you learn in an Awareness Through Movement lesson?
•Using slow, gentle movement and directing students to move within the limits of safety by avoiding pain and strain.
•Orienting to the process of learning and doing rather than working towards a goal.
•Directing awareness toward sensing differences and perceiving whole inter-connected patterns in movement.
•Allowing the student to find his/her own way with a lesson
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Why learning through moving?
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Die Entwicklung vom abhängigen Baby zum selbstständigen Erwachsenen ist ein Lernprozess, in dem Berührung und Bewegung von entscheidender Bedeutung sind. Berührung und Bewegung bilden den Kern der Feldenkrais-Methode. Alle Aspekte menschlichen Erlebens und Handelns fließen darin zusammen: in seinem Wahrnehmen, Fühlen, Denken und Handeln ist die gesamte Persönlichkeit eines Menschen versammelt. Die sinnliche Erfahrung der Bewegung, das Lernen am eigenen Leib, steht im Zentrum der Feldenkrais Praxis.
Functional Integration Individual work