ABOUT THE METHOD
A lifetime of habits and injuries can begin to limit our freedom of movement. The Feldenkrais Method is particularly effective in helping restore our natural abilities to move easily and with minimal effort. The Feldenkrais Method emphasizes mindfulness in movement that leads to significant improvements in posture, balance, co-ordination and well-being
Through a unique series of gentle exercises, students learn how to develop their awareness and use all their senses to discover and expand movement options. People from all walks of life benefit daily from Feldenkrais classes and sessions.
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The Feldenkrais Method of movement education was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904 – 1984). Dr. Feldenkrais was seeking ways to restore function in his knees which were painful as a result of crippling injuries sustained playing soccer and practicing judo. He taught himself how to walk again by studying movements in children and incorporating his vast knowledge of physical and psychological sciences. As a result we are fortunate today to have his teachings on how we can learn to overcome challenges and to live our lives more comfortably. Find out more about our founder here.
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TURNING WHILE STANDING
Do each movement slowly and pay attention to how you do the movement. Breathe easily. Pause before starting a new movement. Rest between each of the numbered directions.
- Stand comfortably. Lift your left arm in front of you at shoulder height. Keeping your feet planted; turn your body to the left as if you wanted to look at something behind you. Swing your arm outward to the left; shoulders, hips, head and eyes also turn left. Only turn as far left as you can with ease and comfort. Repeat the movement 3 times. Do each movement slowly, paying attention to how you do the movement. It is more important to be attentive to how you turn rather than how far left you can turn. Notice where you stop, note the spot.
- Return to the middle, drop your arm. Turn to the left and stop where it is comfortable. Leaving your body turned left, turn your head and eyes to the right and back a few times. Then bring your body back to centre. Repeat #1 and notice where you stop now.
- Drop your arm, turn your whole self left and stay there. Move only your shoulders to the right and back a few times. Your left shoulder comes forward and right shoulder goes back.
- Turn your whole self left and stay there. Move your hips to the right and back a few times.
- Repeat #1 and discover what has changed in your range of movement. Pay attention to how you turn now.
Did you remember to breathe easily throughout the lesson?
Repeat #1-#5 on the other side.