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.
3430 NE 41st Ave; luminanceportland.com
$15 drop in, 3 classes for $36
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)
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
1316 NW 23rd Ave (above the New Renaissance Bookstore Event Center)
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
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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.