What is the Feldenkrais Method®?
The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education® is a movement-based educational modality created by the late Ukranian-born physicist and Judo master Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais. Musicians, dancers, athletes and other high-level performers have turned to Feldenkrais® in recent years to learn ease and fluidity in refined skills. Smooth, efficient movement yields healthier technique that can help overcome and avoid injury.
In Feldenkrais® lessons we explore patterns of movement that are often unfamiliar and puzzling in order to expand our awareness throughout ourselves, stimulate the development of new neural connections in the brain and allow us to expand our choices for how we think, feel and move. With more options, we can become free of the repetitive patterns that inhibit and injure us.
This freedom often allows people to not only feel better, stronger and more productive, but also can allow for enhanced expressivity, creativity, and communication.
Call or email me to schedule an individual lesson or to set up group workshops!
Individual Lessons, Workshops and Classes
I teach Feldenkrais® in both of its forms, individual Functional Integration® (FI®) lessons and group classes and workshops in Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®).
Functional Integration® lessons provide optimal individual benefit from this work. Students come to lessons in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. A typical lesson involves a period of verbal interview to determine the student's needs and interests, some demonstration of movement, which might involve playing an instrument, dancing or walking across the room. Then the student most often lies on a low, padded table and allows me to join into the process of exploring familiar patterns of movement, compensation and support; we proceed into finding new ways of moving that often alleviate pain and stress from overused patterns. An FI® lesson is a non-verbal dialogue (althought there may be some verbal instructions from the practitioner and feedback from the student) between the practioner and the student, that can provide new awareness and stimulation at conscious and unconcious levels. Many students find that they stand taller with less effort, move more freely, and resolve issues in their playing without knowing exactly how the change came about.
Awareness Through Movement® lessons are usually taught in a group setting using verbal instruction. I guide students through an exploration of slow, gentle movements asking students to observe patterns of effort and difficulty. After gaining smoothness and ease in these explorations, many students find that they leave a lesson feeling taller, freer and more aware of themselves without having to think of how they did it.
I give individual lessons, professional workshops, educator inservices, school and camp clinics and small group classes. Please contact me if you are interested. Public workshops will be posted on this site.
Please enjoy this free sample mp3 of an ATM® lesson:
This lesson takes about 20 minutes and can be done anywhere in standing. This is a great lesson to try before or after you practice and can offer ideas about posture and flexibility in your spine.
Fees and Scheduling
Individual Functional Integration® lessons:
The fee for a single lesson is $80. Most lessons are close to an hour long, but may vary anywhere from 40-70 minutes. Although some people may feel change after just one lesson, I encourage a series of 4-6 lessons to determine if this work is for you. I am offering an introductory discount price of $200 for 3 lessons in a one-month period. This rate can be used consecutively for up to 4 months January-May 2014.
Lessons are held at my studio in the Westbury/Meyerland area of Houston. Call or email for an appointment.
Group Classes and Workshops:
Please call or email to discuss possible workshops for your organization.
10/12 Morning Glory Yoga Studios, Nacadoches, TX, 2-4 p.m.
10/12 Stephen F. Austin State University Yoga for Musicians Class, 7-9 p.m.
10/14 Texas A&M Kingsville School of Music, 6-8 p.m.