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The Feldenkrais Method® is an extraordinary approach to learning through movement. Developed in the 1940s and ’50s by Moshe Feldenkrais, an engineer and physicist – as well as the first westerner to receive a black belt in Judo – the method is based on principles of neuroscience and body mechanics. Feldenkrais was a keen observer and student of human psychology, development and movement, and his method was born of his own necessity: Faced with limited options to repair an old knee injury, he began to explore ways of moving that would reduce his pain and improve his mobility. Thus, the hundreds of lessons that he developed over decades of teaching are designed to help develop awareness of how we use ourselves, unwind patterns of holding and acting/reacting, and make available new options for the ways we move, think and feel.

The Feldenkrais Method® is taught in two formats: group lessons known as Awareness Through Movement®, and individual lessons called Functional Integration®. In group lessons, students are lead through a series of movements – mostly done lying or sitting on the floor – by verbal instruction. As students interpret the instruction and perform the movements, they develop awareness of their habits and tendencies, and discover new options for moving – as well as thinking and feeling. The intention is the same for individual lessons, but they are one-on-one sessions tailored to meet the individual student’s needs. The student is usually lying or sitting on a low table (fully clothed), and the practitioner uses gentle hands-on communication as well as verbal instruction to help guide awareness and learning.

“The lessons are designed to improve ability, that is, to expand the boundaries of the possible: to turn the impossible into the possible, the difficult into the easy, and the easy into the pleasant.”

– Moshe Feldenkrais

 

Following is my current schedule of group and individual lessons:

GROUP LESSONS (Awareness Through Movement®)
No prior experience is necessary, everyone is welcome; Wear comfortable clothing that lets you move easily.

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Luminance
3430 NE 41st Ave; luminanceportland.com
$15 drop in, 3 classes for $36

Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm
Friendly House Community Center
1737 NW 26th Ave (at Thurman St); friendlyhouseinc.org
$15 drop in; 3 classes for $36 (Friendly House non-members)
$12 drop in; 3 classes for $30 (Friendly House members)

Fridays, 4:30-5:30pm
Yoga Pearl
925 NW Davis St
$17 drop in; class packages available – more info at www.yogapearl.com

 

 

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS (Functional Integration®)
One-on-one lessons tailored to your individual needs and goals.

4039 N Mississippi Ave, Suite 305
Wednesdays, 9-4
Fridays, 9-3

1316 NW 23rd Ave (above the New Renaissance Bookstore Event Center)
Thursdays, 10-7
Saturdays, 10-5

One Lesson: $90
Series of Three Lessons: $250
Series of Five Lessons: $375

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Feldenkrais lessons are ideal for anyone who:

  • experiences discomfort or limitations in movement as a result of injury, structural characteristics, or postural tendencies
  • would like to improve their performance and/or enjoyment of an activity or activities
  • is interested in expanding their creative and cognitive capacities

Recommended reading:
Doidge, Norman. The Brain’s Way of Healing. New York: Viking, 2015.
Feldenkrais, Moshe. Awareness Through Movement. New York: Harper & Row, 1972.
Feldenkrais, Moshe. The Potent Self. New York: Harper & Row, 1985.
Kaetz, David. Making Connections: Hasidic Roots and Resonance in the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Victoria, BC: River Centre Publishing, 2007.
Keleman, Stanley. Emotional Anatomy. Berkeley: Center Press, 1985.
Reese, Mark. Moshe Feldenkrais: A Life in Movement. San Rafael, CA: ReeseKress Somatics Press, 2015.
Wildman, Frank. The Busy Person’s Guide to Easier Movement. Berkeley, CA: The Intelligent Body Press, 2006.
Wildman, Frank. Change Your Age. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press, 2010.


 

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