Curiosity, presence in the moment, and creative play are the tools of the Feldenkrais Method.

Using the invention of Israeli engineer, physicist, and martial artist Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), thousands of people around the world have learned to move in greater harmony with themselves and with greater sensitivity to the world around them.


SAMPLE LESSONS:



No Pain at the Loom
The method can be useful in teaching less physically stressful, more efficient and comfortable movements at the loom. It has allowed me to continue the demanding weaving of tightly compacted rugs without the shoulder, elbow, knee and low back pain that began to follow every day of weaving many years ago. I began study in the Method in 2001 with the intent of helping other weavers as well as myself.

How the Method Works
This method involves no pushing, prodding, or vigorous manipulation. Rather, it prescribes a series of light movements performed slowly and easily, without any strain or pain. Called Awareness Through Movement® lessons, each 45 minute session is geared to a particular part or type of movement. Time is spent after the lessons to discuss the student’s reactions and development. Many lessons can be connected together to form a one or two day workshop. A large group can participate together for the lessons thus making it an economical way for all to benefit.






The Feldenkrais Method is about creating choices. We teach alternate ways of doing things, and allow the individual to select the way that is most comfortable or pleasurable or effective. Below are just a few choices of lessons; there are thousands more available! Lessons are geared to participants of all levels of experience in the Feldenkrais Method® and of all ages.


SAMPLE LESSONS:


A Mobile Pelvis
More energy and power are the result of greater mobility of the pelvis. Guided movements while lying on the floor raise your awareness of the pelvic region and the connections to the rest of your skeleton.
2 lessons with discussion time.
2.5 hour class

Moving From Your Core
There is less stress and strain when your are able to move your extremities from your center. Guided lessons on the floor to discover just how to better move arms and legs.
2 lessons with discussion time.
2.5 hour class

Toward Better Sitting
The basic movements of rotation, extension, flexion and side bending come together at the end of this series of sitting lessons. Discover how the resulting fluid and graceful movement can relieve lower back pain.
2 lessons with discussion time
2.5 hour class

Scrambling up Old Habits
From a quiet lesson in breathing to the more active twisting movements of your entire body, this series on the floor will focus on the strategy of deliberately confusing movement in a constructive way. Good for stimulating your creative energies.
2 lessons with discussion time
2.5 hour class

The Lower Body
Works with the action of the ankles, knees, and lower back to explore options in how you treadle. Work from a floor position to sitting on the bench with options in how you treadle.
2-4 lessons with discussion time
Half or Full Day

The Arms and Shoulders
Explore movements of your shoulders, shoulder blades, elbows and hands, release tension, and give yourself choices in throwing the shuttle.
2-4 lessons with discussion time
Half or Full Day

Moving –Floor to Sit to Stand
How to become more flexible in moving from one position to another. Makes working under your loom a more pleasurable activity!
2-4 lessons with discussion time
Half or Full Day

There’s More to Seeing than Meets the Eyes
Connecting the eyes to movement makes for profound change. Visual acuity improves and well as coordination and flexiblity.
2-4 lessons with discussion time
Half or Full Day







Space is needed for each participant to lie down, unless only sitting lessons are chosen. Carpet is nice although each person can bring mats or blankets to make a cushion for lying down. One chair per person is necessary, preferably one without arms such as a standard folding chair. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring 1 or 2 large towels—used for under the head and generally making themselves comfortable. For cooler climates and those heavily air conditioned spaces bring sweaters, etc since quiet movements on the floor often cause the body to chill.