Once we know how we are doing something, only then do we have the power to change it.
Feldenkrais is body awareness and movement training. Feldenkrais lessons help improve body movements and functions, helping to reduce pain and promote general well-being.
Feldenkrais originates from Moshe Feldenkrais, who taught people how to move and use their bodies more intelligently. There are two aspects of the Feldenkrais Method “Awareness Through Movement” (ATM) and Functional Integration (FI).
Roxanne Derkson is a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP), who teaches weekly group ATM classes, private FI sessions and Feldenkrais Fundamentals continuing education workshops for professionals. To become a GCFP, it requires 800 hours of studies over a 4 year period.
“It’s not the weight of the load that breaks you, it’s the way you carry it.” ~Lena Horne
With the guidance of a skilled Feldenkrais teacher, individuals can replace old habits with more efficient skeletal-based motion. this helps to improve how people feel, move and age. Wrinkles and crankiness is not what ages us, as much as our habits—developing new ways of moving helps break the cycle of habits that age us.
When regular daily movement patterns are inefficient and strained, increased muscular tension and joint compression or stiffness begin to be the norm. Often people find they are living with daily physical discomfort and even chronic pain. As individuals we lack the “know-how” to change the movement that contributes to the problem.
The higher the demands on the body for repetitive daily movement or inactivity the higher the need for a finer tuned body. This can result in arthritis, osteoporosis, disc degeneration and a need for joint replacements. Improving how you move, how you walk in particular, through The Feldenkrais Method has been proven to improve neurological dysfunction, chronic disease, pain, and increases a desire to perform better in work, play and sports.
The Feldenkrais Method is a great learning resource for improving one’s ease, grace and pleasure, from movement and body intelligence.