Working one-on-one in Feldenkrais is known as Functional Integration®. The practitioner uses gentle touch and moves you in subtle ways that connect different areas of your body together in functional movement patterns so that your sensory experience of moving becomes more integrated, connected & supported. We explore what you’re most interested in improving.
What would you like to improve?
Maybe you’d like to learn how to shift tension from your shoulders, improve your balance or the dexterity of your fine motor skills. Perhaps you’d like to feel more flexible or calm the busyness of all the thoughts whirring round your brain.
How we work:
I first observe your dominate movement patterns - what are the directions that you can move more easily in and what don’t you move / include in the action.
Then I set you up in a comfortable supported position that allows a movement in one area of your body to be transmitted further afield to another area. In Feldenkrais we often use long levers to create movement in an area that is holding still (stiff) for example moving your foot to create movement in your hip joint. As I begin to gently move you, the first movements are to test how well movement connects throughout your whole body. Then we begin to explore movements you already understand, clarifying what’s involved; before proceeding on to a new and perhaps unfamiliar pattern that you could add to your repertoire / vocabulary of how you can move.
The experience of being moved gently is like a movement meditation. It allows you the opportunity to sense what’s going on in your system. We’re heightening your awareness to give you a new sensory experience. Rather than applying pressure to places that are tight (like in massage) we ‘go with’ the pattern of what your muscles are doing in order to ‘take over the work’ and allow your system to release of its own accord - tension melts away as your nervous system recalibrates and you feel different afterwards. We use very subtle movements to differentiate the different parts involved in a functional movement pattern in order for them to become more smoothly integrated and connected. It’s all about reducing extraneous holding / activation patterns – replacing effort with more effective co-ordination.
Patterns/habits are multi-layered so it's useful to explore different aspects to the question over a couple of sessions. Feldenkrais is learning to become more 'fluent in body language'.
Get in touch to discover a new experience in how you feel and how you move.