The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education® is a unique and sophisticated approach to human understanding, learning, and change. Often applied as a holistic form of physical therapy, the remarkable effectiveness of the method lies in its ability to access the nervous system’s own innate processes to change and refine functioning. The method is of benefit to anyone who wishes to live and move more comfortably, efficiently, and pleasurably, and to those who want to reconnect with their natural abilities to think and feel. It is helpful to diverse groups of people, such as those with restricted movement, chronic pain, and psychological and neurological challenges, and to performing artists and athletes. The work consists of two versatile and compelling applications: Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®. Both harness the nervous system’s ability to self-organize towards more effective and intelligent action.
Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons consist of verbally directed movement sequences, usually presented to groups of students and generally lasting between 45-60 minutes. The lessons directly engage the student’s natural intelligence in a gentle and pleasurable way. These precisely structured movement explorations involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Many are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities such as reaching, standing, rolling from lying to sit, turning, etc. Some are based on more abstract exploration of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. Moshe Feldenkrais developed many hundreds of ATM lessons, varying in difficulty and complexity and for all levels of movement ability.
Functional Integration® lessons are a one-on-one application of the Feldenkrais Method. They are tailored to each student’s needs. The teacher guides the student’s movements through skilled manipulation and touch. The learning process is carried out without any use of invasive or forceful procedure.
-Jandy Bergmann CFT