THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD
"Put a little spring in your step!
The benefits of the Feldenkrais Method
- Pain relief
- Reduces stress and tension
- Improved flexibility and co-ordination
- Ease of movement and breathing
- Learning about one''s self
- Better posture and balance
- Greater vitality and potential at all levels
WHAT IS THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD?
The Feldenkrais Method is is a somatic educational system focusing on awareness and movement named after its inventor, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904 - 1984). The Feldenkrais Method is based on neurological principles and biomechanics, an empirical understanding of human physiology and the connection between mind and body.
The breath, vitality and precision of Dr. Feldenkrais'' work has seen it applied in diverse fields including pain relief, rehabilitation, performing arts, sports, neurology, psychology, increased vitality and potential at all levels.
WHAT CAN IT TREAT?
The Feldenkrais Method successfully trains the nervous system to find new pathways around areas of damage. The exercises re-educate the brain and nervous system to develop new ways of moving, thinking, feeling and sensing.
- back pain
- neck pain
- joint pain
- pre, post natal care
- insomnia and stress
- multiple sclerosis
- neurological conditions
- cerebral palsy
- sports performance
- performing artists
- general well-being
- chronic pain
- arthritic conditions
- nerve pain
- musculoskeletal conditions
- sports and other injuries
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SESSION?
The Method is taught in 2 ways:
Awareness Through Movement (group classes)
ATM classes can be individual or group lessons. They consist of verbally-guided sequences of movements and are suitable for all ages and all abilities. Participants lie or sit on a mat on the floor. A lesson generally lasts 60 minutes and consists of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into body positions with a greater range and complexity.
The emphasis is on learning which movements work better functionally and noticing the quality of positive changes in the body. Many of these movements are based on ordinary functional activities that occur during normal daily life (reaching, standing, turning, bending, lying to sitting etc.), whereas some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural dynamics. There are hundreds of ATM lessons, varying in difficulty and complexity, available for all levels of ability.
Functional Integration (individual sessions)
FI is a one-to-one hands-on application. The client lies or sits, comfortably clothed, on a low padded table. Practitioners use gentle movement and directed attention with the aim of increasing ease and range of motion, improving flexibility and coordination and ultimately rediscovering an innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.
No prior experience is necessary for either ATM or FI. Participants should wear warm loose, comfortable clothing
At the Dublin Holistic Centre ATM classes are currently on offer.
Concessions available for OAP/unwaged/student.
12 week course €132 / concession €72
6 week course €72 / concession €42
3 week course €39 / concession €24
drop-in €15 / concession €10
* pronounced "fel-den-krise"