THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD®
The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic education modality that can help people move more easily. It is practiced by people of all ages and all backgrounds – often helping people with common aches, pains and movement constraints find more comfort and range in their everyday movement. I am a fully qualified practitioner, having graduated from the four-year long LONDON II training led by Elizabeth Beringer and Scott Clark in 2015. Since then, I have taught Awareness Through Movement (ATM) to my acting and dance students at Middlesex University and actors at Central School of Speech and Drama. I also sometimes teach public classes in East London. In addition, I also teach Functional Integration (FI) – hands-on, one-to-one lessons from my home in Stratford, London.
The Feldenkrais Method® is a way of re-learning and improving everyday movement.
It’s good for everybody based on the idea that we can all improve our functional movement; but many people come to the method because they are dealing with a specific challenge or injury like back pain, RSI or some-such.
Other people come to the method because they want to improve their ability to move in high performance situations – athletes, musicians, actors and dancers are often drawn to the method.
Other people come because they have neurological conditions such as stroke or cerebral palsy.
There are two ways to do a lesson. One is in a group – Awareness Through Movement (ATM), the other is taught one-to-one, through touch – called Functional Integration (FI).
In ATM lessons, which usually last around 50 minutes, the teacher guides a class of students, who are typically laid on mats, through a sequence of gentle and exploratory movements with an emphasis on going slow, and going easy. The method actually finds its efficacy through this working within a comfortable range, always with a feeling of ease, acknowledging that this is the best way for an individual nervous system to learn. Through a spirit of enquiry and curiosity this learning, very tangibly, tells us something about what and how we typically move. This way we can gather new knowledge, help form new neural patterns, and find ways to let go of those habits that no longer serve us. Regular practice leads to relief from unhelpful movement patterns that might be causing pain, discomfort, or a feeling of unease.
In an FI lesson which will last around an hour, you will lie fully clothed on a low padded table. The practitioner works with the student one-to-one by guiding them with hands-on touch, through a series of very gentle movements. Each lesson uses contact with the bones as a starting point for a joint enquiry. The learning ethos remains exploratory and the learning outcomes are also similar to those in ATM. The difference is that the practitioner’s direct touch can lead to differences in the way the student experiences themselves in a more direct and immediate way, leading to specific patterns of tension being relieved so that the student learns to move, breathe, and rest more easily often with a feeling of length and balance.
See the VIDEO tab for handy audio/visual explainers.
Awareness Through Movement (ATM)
I occasionally teach public ATM classes and post details here. Regular weekly classes are taught by many different teachers across London and the UK – listings can be found on the UK Guild website through its Find a Class function.
Functional Integration (FI)
I teach one-to-one hands on lessons (Functional Integration) from my home in the Olympic Park, Stratford each Saturday between 10am and 5pm. It is best to contact me with your phone number so that we can speak and arrange an appointment.
I believe the Feldenkrais Method should be accessible to as many people as possible, and on that basis I offer individual lessons on a sliding scale from £30 – £80 where you pay what you can afford by prior agreement.
Click here to Find a Teacher in your area.
The goal of the OpenATM Project at openATM.org is to make Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) Lessons available to everyone around the world.
The Open ATM Project is proud to offer ATM classes online. Download (right click) the ATM lessons to your computer or iPod (or other mp3 player) and do the lessons whenever you want.
Many of these lessons are reinterpretations of (inspired by and loosley based on) ATM Lessons taught by Moshe Feldenkrais at the Alexander Yanai, Esalan, San Fransisco and Amherst trainings, or other workshops. These rich and diverse set of lessons are available from the International Feldenkrais Federation or Feldenkrais Resources. These audio lessons are not reproductions of the original lessons. For the online lessons, the sources – for example the original Alexander Yanai lesson titles – are retained for scholarship purposes and to properly acknowledge the ideas and structure of the original lessons.
Every year, the UK Feldenkrais Guild teachers record a lesson especially for International Feldenkrais Week. You can find them all here to stream (listen to) or download (keep) for your personal use – they are not for commercial use.