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Awareness Through Movement Class

Moshe Feldenkrais has given the world the gift of movement intelligence and the road map to get there.

Moshe Feldenkrais has given the world the gift of movement intelligence and the road map to get there.

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Awareness Through Movement

Awareness Through Movement

Awareness Through Movement (ATM) classes and workshops were developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkriais (1904-1984). Feldenkrais used his method of group ATM classes to teach people how to move and use their bodies more intelligently. Roxanne Derkson is a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP), who teaches weekly group ATM classes, private FI sessions and Feldenkrais Fundamentals workshops for professionals who can receive credits. Learn more about our continuing education workshops here.

Benefits from taking our Feldenkrais Classes or Workshops:

  • Learn to improve your walk so that when you want to running is possible.
  • Feel how transmitting power through your skeleton offers you options of less effort and strain in your daily activities and  workouts.
  • Discover ways to defend your body using the force of gravity to build bone strength and agility.
  • Learn the core exercises you really need to have good posture, avoid back pain and move more freely.

Our ATM classes and workshops relate to developing and enhancing movement possibilities such as spinal rotationturning the head and lifting the trunk while lengthening the spine. 

They help develop awareness of the relationship between the pelvis, head and shoulders while enhancing use of the thoracic core. Students experience increased flexibility through the spine and neck, and develop an appreciation for their own skeletal power.

An example of unnecessary strain placed on your body is the process of texting on your cell phone. Are you practicing safe text? The first in our series of workshops addresses neck and shoulder pain, headaches and forward head posture. Learn your movements and using them daily to prevent pain. Check out our current class schedule here.

ATM classes offer learning in a group setting similar to Yoga or Pilates, however the distinction from those and Feldenkrais, lies in its’ application to everyday living and human function. Feldenkrais practitioners focus on learning and improving how they move, and in turn are able to observe where others need guidance and are able to help fill in the blanks.
 
Your Awareness Through Movement teacher will guide you through a series of movements with a common theme such as reaching, rolling, turning, pushing, pulling, lifting, and transitional movements such as moving from lying to sitting, sitting to standing, and more. For example, the hip and how it relates to the movement of your lower back, trunk, chest and arms, the jaw joint and how it relates to your tongue, neck, eyes and how all of the lessons connect to your breathing.
 
During infancy and early childhood development these daily movements were executed with spontaneity, curiosity and pleasure. Unfortunately in many adults and even for some teenagers, daily movement has lost some of those qualities. ATM classes and workshops can restore and contribute to a life of mobility and movement pleasure. Body intelligence has been the subject of contemporary Neuroscience and Brain Neuroplasticity theory.

As Moshe Feldenkrais said, “Movement is life, life without movement is unthinkable.”

Take a Feldenkrais class or workshop to feed your mind and your body will benefit from the connection. Contact us for more information.

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