Who is the Feldenkrais Method® good for?
Pretty much anyone who wants to improve something in their lives. The lessons help enhance physical and mental focus, coordination and flexibility. And since your mind and body are interconnected, the lessons also help ease stress or anxiety.
Musicians, dancers, actors, designers and other creatives use this method to enhance their skills through heightened learning and creativity.
Is it like yoga or Pilates?
Classes are similar to yoga or Pilates in that they are group classes lead verbally by an instructor. However in Feldenkrais, the classes are lessons rather than exercises.
When you exercise, you work to push your limits. In Feldenkrais, WHAT you can do is much less important than discovering HOW you do it. This is accomplished by finding ways to make things as easy as possible.
Each lesson is designed for you to learn more about yourself and discover more effective ways of doing what you do.
How does it differ from massage & chiropractic?
In massage, the practitioner is working directly with the client’s muscles; in chiropractic, with the client’s bones. These are structural approaches that affect change through changes in physical structure.
The Feldenkrais Method works with the client’s nervous system and its ability to self-regulate, coordinate and reorganize for more efficient movement and mental clarity.
How is Feldenkrais connected to design?
Your brain is constantly changing in response to your environment.
Everything begins as a thought or idea, which literally occurs in your nervous system.
The Feldenkrais Method® improves how your nervous system operates, which in turn, affects how you do everything.
Your brain consists of billions of neurons, each with thousands of connections to other neurons, which are constantly reorganizing themselves moment to moment in response to your environment. This process is called neuroplasticity.
Feldenkrais lessons use movement to activate this neuroplasticity so that your nervous system improves itself as it connects your inner landscape with your environment.
This reorganization is your brain learning.
Recent neuroscience has shown that both optimal learning and creative flow work similarly in our brains. They both happen by literally making new connections between things (ideas, neurons, brain regions) that were previously unconnected.
The optimal conditions for learning are also the strategies for finding creative flow.
Although commonly used for physical improvements, Feldenkrais-based movements can enhance the creative process, so we can design to our highest potential. Plus, it can be particularly useful when you feel stuck with a creative block or when working under stress.
How are Feldenkrais Practitioners trained?
All Feldenkrais practitioners must complete 800 hours of training over 4 years which includes Newtonian mechanics, kinesthesiology, physics, neurophysiology, developmental movement, biology, non-violent communication, voice regulation and learning theories.