…and build Awareness Through Movement.
“When you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want.” – Moshe Feldenkrais.
How do you get up out of a chair? Why do you catch yourself holding your breath when you do some things, but not others? Why is it that you can do some chores easily, and others just hurt?
When we’re just learning how to roll over, to sit up, to walk, we look for points of additional rigidity for support. That serves us well when we’re very young. But over time, we buid up too much stiffness and rigidity, and every time we get injured (whether physically or emotionally), even more gets added to the pile. Over time, we wind up with a passel of habits that are just “how we move.”
But humans are brilliant life-long learners, and you can learn new ways to move, so that your habits get better and more refined, allowing you to do all the things you do with more comfort and a lot less effort. In effect, you learn how to make better use of your skeleton so that you can “get out of your own way” and move with the kind of ease children take for granted.
The Feldenkrais Method makes the impossible possible, the difficult simple, and the simple elegant.
Awareness Through Movement classes show you how you can use slow, mindful movements to improve your strength, flexibility and sense of ease. Uniquely, the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education (of which Awareness Through Movement is a part) directly relates every lesson into functional parts of your daily life, whether that’s more graceful walking, lifting things safely, or improving your breathing and sense of mental clarity.
You can expect a class to last somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes. You might be in a variety of positions, but typically lying on the floor, or else sitting in a chair. You might walk, stand, or kneel while engaging in a carefully-orchestrated sequence of movements designed to help you discover unexpected ease in movements that previously required concentration and effort. Rather than modelling the movements for the student, the teacher’s role is to create an environment in which the students can learn from the inside out, make connections within and between the movements, and own the material in a way that creates lasting improvements, in a way that merely imitating a teacher’s external movements can never imitate.