Functional Integration

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The Feldenkrais Method is taught in two forms: in group Awareness Through Movement (ATM) classes and one-to-one Functional Integration (FI) lessons. In the individual lesson (F.I.) you work with the teacher (me) to explore your own movement patterns and habits. This might take place in standing, in sitting or lying on a specially designed (and very comfortable) table. After a short discussion about any problems or injuries that you may have that affect your daily movement, I will help you to explore a series of gentle, intuitive movements that may help release any "held" patterns, link your breathing to your overall physicality and improve your confidence in your movement range.
Its impossible to separate the mind and the body when it comes to movement as so often the way we move links to our own self esteem and sense of well being. The Feldenkrais method often mimics early movement patterns to re-create that sense of ease and exploration that we all experienced as a small child. What is important is that we find a sense of ease in moving so I do not ask you to work through pain: when you experience pain in moving, it is very difficult for the brain to focus on anything other than coping with the stress of pain. For example, if you have a painful shoulder, it is pointless to continuously manipulate that painful part. Instead, I'd ask you to try to find ways where you can move freely around the injured joint(s) thus improving movement range, lessening the strain and allowing the body to relax. Pain can arise from an injury but just as frequently, it can emerge from habitual movement that is causing unnoticed harm. Together we explore the possibilities of avoiding further injury through poor posture or environment.

  • I teach from home (or a fixed venue)
  • I travel to students

Evenings, Week days, Weekends

HOW LONG: 1 Hours

Taster sessions of half an hour are available following the monthly group classes. Please see my website!

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