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“What I’m after is not flexible bodies, but flexible brains . . . what I’m really after is restoring people to their human dignity.” - Moshe Feldenkrais
I'd already begun to focus my practice on teaching people through meticulous body and movement awareness when I first did a Feldenkrais lesson. Considering my objective knowledge about the body combined with the subjective changes I felt during those lessons, I immediately understood how deeply important this method of movement could be to affecting change throughout the nervous system. Since then I've learned much more about the potential of positive effects through Feldenkrais.
I am a 3rd year (out of 4) Feldenkrais student. Since beginning this program, I've been able to incorporate the principles as I learn them into PT sessions, and I am now authorized to teach Awareness Through Movement (ATM) classes.
Feldenkrais is a path to gaining awareness through movement. The gentle, slow movements bring to light longstanding and sometimes largely imperceptible habits. They allow for deep neuromuscular re-education so that the brain can let go of those habits and learn easier ways of moving. These movements, though they often result in decreased pain and improved function, are merely the vehicle for gaining overall awareness in any aspect of life that may become relevant for the person performing them.
Every ATM lesson is different, and is an opportunity to learn something about yourself- how you move and otherwise. Even the same lesson may provide something different from one time to the next, because you are never the same from one day to the next. You as an individual will notice more change or get more out of certain lessons than others, and as long as you remain curious and are kind to yourself, there is no limit to the potential for learning within each movement. One specific movement lesson can evoke different levels of change and different types/areas of change for each person in the room. This creates a space where there is no judgment, no right or wrong, no good or bad, only attention to what is, and noticing differences that can occur when this space is allowed.