What can it treat?

The Feldenkrais Method successfully trains the nervous system to find new pathways around areas of damage. While frequently used to help ease pain, particularly back pain, stress and tension, the Feldenkrais Method has proven success in the rehabilitation of stroke victims and others suffering from neurological injuries (e.g. brain tumors, head trauma, multiple sclerosis) that cause disordered movement or a lack of coordination.

Patients with orthopedic problems in bones and joints can use the Feldenkrais Method to assist in changing habits of movement that may cause pain and improve posture. A Movement Method like Feldenkrais can also benefit people who suffer from distorted body images that contribute to eating disorders and other conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Overall the Feldenkrais Method offers a practical means to realise physical and mental potential more fully, bringing about improved body alignment, enhanced functioning and greater ease to all regardless of their starting point mentally or physically.

  • Back pain
  • neck pain
  • joint pain
  • arthritic conditions
  • sciatica
  • rehabilitation
  • nerve pain
  • whiplash
  • muscular skeletal conditions
  • sports injuries
  • chronic pain
  • injuries and trauma
  • pre, post natal care
  • insomnia and stress
  • fibromyalgia
  • multiple sclerosis
  • neurological conditions
  • cerebral palsy
  • sports performance
  • performing artists
  • general well-being.

The Benefits of the

Feldenkrais Method

  • Improved flexibility and co-ordination
  • Ease of movement and breathing
  • Better posture and balance
  • Enhanced relaxation and sleep
  • Greater vitality
  • Increased potential mentally and physically

How does it work?

The Feldenkrais Method* is taught in two ways, both of which involve using slow movements with focused awareness, thereby re-educating the brain and nervous system and developing new ways of thinking, moving, feeling and acting.

Awareness Through Movement (ATM) – ATM classes can be individual or group lessons. They consist of verbally-guided sequences of movements and are suitable for all ages and all abilities. Participants lie or sit on a mat on the floor. A lesson generally lasts 60 minutes and consists of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into body positions with a greater range and complexity The emphasis is on learning which movements work better functionally and noticing the quality of positive changes in the body. Many of these movements are based on ordinary functional activities that occur during normal human development (reaching, standing, lying to sitting, looking behind yourself, etc.), whereas some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural dynamics. There are hundreds of ATM lessons, varying in difficulty and complexity, available for all levels of ability. An individual could attend a course of weekly ATMs around a chosen theme or themes e.g. walking, running…. or take part in a day-long workshop exploring a bodily function e.g. standing, breathing….

Awareness Through Movement (ATM) – ATM classes can be individual or group lessons.

Awareness Through Movement (ATM) – ATM classes can be individual or group lessons.

Functional Integration (FI) – FI is a one-to-one hands-on application. The client lies or sits, comfortably clothed, on a low padded table. Practitioners use gentle movement and directed attention with the aim of increasing ease and range of motion, improving flexibility and coordination and ultimately rediscovering an innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.  An FI can have a profound effect and enable deep and lasting change in patterns of behaviour and movement. One session, typically 60 minutes long, is enough to feel benefit with 3 sessions a good indication of suitability of the Feldenkrais Method for the client.

No prior experience is necessary for either ATM or FI.

* pronounced “fel-den-krise”

Karen Hennessy