Physical Intelligence - Feldenkrais Sessions Classes in Oakland
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“If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want”
–MOSHE FELDENKRAIS

The Feldenkrais Method® is for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think and feel. Feldenkrais is gentle, calming and educational, as it brings attention to the interaction of the whole self. Feldenkrais consists of private sessions called Functional Integration® and hour-long group classes called Awareness through Movement®. Feldenkrais is effective for a wide range of concerns — from improving chronic pain, to learning specific movement skills to address physical challenges, to gaining tools for learning and developing focused curiosity about a physical concern. The impact of Feldenkrais can relieve stress, focus attention, and permit a deeper experience and understanding of one’s self in the world.

PRIVATE SESSIONS: FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION

Through Functional Integration hands-on sessions (FI), you can improve physical efficiency and alleviate pain by reducing the stress associated with habituated movement. By the end of the lesson, most people experience improved posture and breathing, and find they are moving more efficiently and more comfortably, which can offer a sense of physical and emotional well-being. The work is useful for a wide variety of concerns, including for people with chronic pain, with neuromuscular diseases, with limited sensory understanding and physical awareness, and for people with highly skilled physical abilities itching for deeper development. FI sessions are an engaging way to help you find your own capacity to live in comfort, grace, and potency. Sessions are generally one hour and length.

GROUP CLASSES: AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT

Awareness through Movement (ATM) classes are 45 minutes to hour-long lessons taught in a class setting. ATM’s help you develop efficiency and vitality in movement. Through ATM classes, you gain an understanding of your unique habitual movement patterns, and learn new movement choices, gently. These lessons can improve your overall well-being, relieve chronic pain, and bring you more engagement in your daily life. Classes range from 45 minutes to an hour long, and some lessons are taught in series, based on a particular function or movement pattern.

“The point of my work is to lead to awareness in action, or the ability to make contact with one’s own skeleton and muscles and with the environment practically simultaneously. This is not ‘relaxation’, for true relaxation can be maintained only when doing nothing. The aim is not complete relaxation but healthy, powerful, easy and pleasurable exertion. The reduction of tension is necessary because efficient movement should be effortless. Inefficiency is sensed as effort and prevents doing more and better. The gradual reduction of useless effort is necessary in order to increase kinesthetic sensitivity, without which a person cannot become self regulating.” – MOSHE FELDENKRAIS

We improve our well-being when we learn to fully use ourselves. Our intelligence depends upon the opportunity we take to experience and learn. This self-learning, fostered in the context of the Feldenkrais Method, leads to full, dynamic living.

 

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

“Feldenkrais is not just pushing muscles around, but changing things in the brain itself.”

– KARL PRIBRAM, Neuroscientist, Georgetown University


“As a violinist, the work has not only sped my recovery from injury, but greatly enhanced my sense of physical integrity, ease and grace—even with an activity as “unnatural” as playing the violin!”

 

– INGRID MATTHEWS, performs on Baroque and classical violin and is the Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra


“After years of back problems, the Feldenkrais Method has given me the ability to remain free of pain.  They are by far the most effective and pleasurable exercises I have ever done.”
– JOSEPH BATKIN, M.A.


“I have been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain.  I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy.  I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method®can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.”
– ANDREW WEIL, M.D. Author of Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine

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