The Feldenkrais-Methode™ is a groundbreaking system that aims to improve human functioning through physical movement. It allows for the modification of outdated behavioral patterns and the creation of new ones by accessing the nervous system. Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais developed this method based on his background in physics, mechanics, judo, and psychology, with the goal of enhancing posture, mobility, self-image, and reducing pain.
The Feldenkrais professional training program offers participants extensive practical experience and in-depth study of both the "Awareness Through Movement" (AMM) and "Functional Integration" (FI) forms. The basic theory is conveyed through lectures, discussions, study groups and specific readings. The training program is designed so that participants are encouraged individually in their progression and do not compete with each other. The training must allow students to understand the dynamics underlying the two applications: PCM and IF. The experience of learning to learn is essential to the Feldenkrais Method™ . With PCM, we begin this process with and through ourselves, and then apply what we have learned in "functional integration". All students will learn to recognize their own creative strategies - and also how to awaken the process of self-discovery in others.
The Feldenkrais Method™ is a unique and effective approach to learning that draws on human development, movement and the processes at play in our nervous system to refine and improve our functioning in a way that is both comprehensive and precise.
Each person acquires - based on his or her personal history - specific physical and psychological behavioral patterns, adapted to his or her environment and deeply rooted in our nervous system. These patterns may be outdated and may hinder us, limit us and cause us pain. Our posture and our way of moving are acquired, even if this learning has not been consciously experienced. From the Feldenkrais point of view, physical difficulties and restrictions are the result of an interrupted learning process or a trauma that has led to habitual patterns that do not fit the function. Anyone who wants to change such a pattern or create a new one will find the means to do so in the Feldenkrais Method™ .
The founder of the method, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, used his knowledge of physics, mechanics, judo and child motor development to develop a particular system that merges biomechanics, movement development, psychology and martial arts in an unusual way. The method has achieved international recognition for its ability to improve posture, mobility, coordination and self-image, and to reduce muscle tension or pain.
It includes two effective and inventive applications: "awareness through movement" (group) and "functional integration" (individual). Both approaches are based on the same theory and use the nervous system's ability to organize itself into more efficient and relevant modes of action.
Awareness through movement or ATM Awareness through movement (ATM) is based on slow, gentle, verbally guided movement sequences, each associated with a specific theme. ATM uses movement to provide deep insight into how human development, learning and movement are linked. Unlike many movement methods that repeat the same sequences, PCM offers an impressive variety of situations that address every human function and area of our system. The learning process is full of surprises and challenges and is also a new kind of learning pleasure.
Functional Integration or FI In Functional Integration, change, improvement and ultimately learning are achieved through deep listening and the use of passive movements adapted to the needs of each student.