Functional Integration ®
The lessons are designed to improve ability, 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
Functional Integration is a gentle, effective, hands-on, individual approach, widely recognized for its ability to address serious muscular and neurological problems, chronic tension and pain. Learning, change and improvement are achieved through the use of specific skilled movements, individualized for the client’s particular needs. Our Feldenkrais Practitioners have experience applying Functional Integration with a wide range of difficulties, such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Repetitive strain injury
- Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
- Head injuries
- TMJ pain
- The issues of performing artists and athletes
What I am after isn’t flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I am after is to restore each person to their human dignity. – Moshe Feldenkrais
Awareness Through Movement ®
Hours of repetitive practice is hard work, whereas hours of practicing awareness in movement or action are the most absorbing and interesting times in our lives. – Moshe Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) exercises or ‘lessons’ are easy to do, of benefit to everyone, and the results can be immediate and profound. Awareness Through Movement was developed by Dr. Feldenkrais as a means to re-engage the nervous system in the kind of fundamental learning process we all have access to as children, but lose as we get older. Awareness Through Movement lessons employ innovative, sophisticated movement sequences which address every area of the body and all aspects of human functioning. Using a combination of guided attention and pleasant, purposeful movement, each lesson reveals the essential dynamic relationships in a particular pattern of movement or action. With Awareness Through Movement you can:
- Improve your co-ordination, posture and flexibility.
- Restore lost function.
- Eliminate aches and pains, and move more easily.
- Find relief from stress, and the tools for psychological growth.
- Reduce unnecessary muscular effort.
- Gain renewed physical vitality, health and emotional well-being.
- Learn to recover more quickly from injuries and how to avoid them.
- Refine artistic and athletic performance and prevent performance related injuries.
- Attain greater ease and pleasure in all your physical activities.
- Improve the fitness and agility of your brain at any age.
The only thing permanent about our behavior patterns is our belief that they are so. – Moshe Feldenkrais
Testimonials about The Feldenkrais Method
The Feldenkrais Method is changing the image in the motor cortex; and our brain, feeling the freedom of the new learning, rushes to meet it.
Arno Gruen, M.D., Psychiatrist
I had suffered with chronic shoulder and arm pain that had developed into severe numbness and tingling. Nothing I did brought me any long-term relief until I started with Feldenkrais. Through a series of lessons, the chronic pain, numbness, and tingling resolved. More importantly, I learned how to manage and maintain my body to avoid these problems in the future.
Ruth Nielson, Attorney
Feldenkrais starts your whole life moving in new directions, with new choices on every level of your life. You must experience it. Feldenkrais has had a tremendous impact on my life. It has taught me to really listen to myself. I now know I need not stay stuck in pain. It has helped me see that I have choices, that my patterns of movement, my patterns of emotional “sludge” can change.
I have long been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy.
Andrew Weil, M.D., Author of ‘Spontaneous Healing’ and ‘Natural Health, Natural Medicine’.
The Feldenkrais Method is a powerful way to unlock the secrets of our bodies. It allows the linking of movement, expression, and spontaneity, as well as providing an approach to healing physical and neurological injuries
James Oldham, M.D.
The Feldenkrais Method is a remarkable, quick, and effective way to alleviate muscular tension, pain, and discomforts.
James Rice, M.D.
Following the program with the Feldenkrais Method, patients showed significant improvement in their levels of pain, decreased numbers of medications, and increased quality of life.
American Journal of Pain Management
As a neuroscientist interested in the development and plasticity of the nervous system, it is gratifying to see how the Feldenkrais Method demonstrates these principles. The Feldenkrais Method has also greatly improved my personal quality of life – physically and emotionally – by reducing the restrictions and limitations I thought were permanent due to multiple sclerosis.
Marla Luskin, Ph.D., Emory University Medical School
The Feldenkrais Method is an incredible, quick and easy tool, and a must for anyone who suffers from chronic pain and tension, and loss of flexibility.
Alex Shester, M.D.
The system developed by Dr. Feldenkrais has as much potential for understanding the mind/body relationship as Einstein’s general theory of relativity had for physics.
Bernard Lake, M.D.
Old habitual postures and body ‘ignorance’ will retard the best progress and change that psychotherapy can accomplish. I specifically recommend The Feldenkrais Method to support and accelerate the work I do.
Leslie Cameron-Bandler, Psychotherapist, Co-Developer of Neuro Linguistic Programming
The unique sensory motor learning techniques of the Feldenkrais Method are exciting, enlightening, and one-hundred percent beneficial.
Gail Wetzler, Physical Therapist
The Feldenkrais Method is an extraordinarily effective approach to enhancement of posture, balance, movement and behavior.
Sandy Burkhart, PT, Ph.D.
The Feldenkrais Method revolutionized my work. This sensitive and caring method is an important way we can achieve our most rewarding results.
Edy Harrington, Physical Therapist
After just a few moments of Feldenkrais exercises, people often find themselves, as if by magic, easily doing things with their bodies that they never thought possible.
New Age Magazine
The Feldenkrais Method (has) had remarkable success in a wide range of complaints ranging from the debilitating to the merely nagging.
The Feldenkrais Method and the Performing Arts
Feldenkrais has studied the body in movement with a precision that I have found nowhere else.
Peter Brook, Film and Stage Director
The Feldenkrais exercises are ingenious and simple.
Yehudi Menuhin, Concert Violinist
The Feldenkrais Method is a tremendous resource for the musician – both technically and mentally.
Toshiko Kohno, Principal Flutist, National Symphony Orchestra
Moshe Feldenkrais’ method is the only objective system of movement training I know of.
Anna Halprin, founder Dancers Workshop and Tamalpa Institute
The Feldenkrais Method is a discipline for those who look for the glow of their physical and mental life.
Michael McClure, Obie Ward Winning Playwright and Poet.
The Feldenkrais Method has been an experience that continues to bring wonderful improvements to the personal, professional and artistic realms of my life.
Robert Cowie, Jazz Pianist and New York Feldenkrais Training Program Graduate
After having suffered from severe shoulder problems and surgery, I have found lasting relief with the Feldenkrais Method.
Gloria Jones, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The ramifications of Feldenkrais’ work for athletics is tremendous. Actors, dancers, musicians and the leading conductors of Europe seek his tutelage.
Esalen Institute Sports Center
As a violinist, the Feldenkrais work has not only sped my recovery from injury, but greatly enhanced my sense of physical integrity, ease and grace.
Ingrid Matthews, Violinist and Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra
As a career dancer and teacher, I am no longer feeling daily discomfort from the over-use of muscle groups, and I am more efficient with teaching movement. I truly believe that whatever you are pursuing in life, Feldenkrais can help you achieve your goal in a clear and gentle way.
Lise Weber-Frutchey Dancer and Choreographer
The Feldenkrais Method makes it easy to achieve impressive results!
Jean Elvin, Former-Director of Dance Program, Murray State University
The Feldenkrais Method offers dancers education that can help them turn pain around,
continue dancing, and reestablish their love of dance.
Nancy Galeota-Wozny, MA, Dance Magazine
I strongly urge musicians at every level to experience the Feldenkrais work. It makes an enormous difference.
Kathryn Arizmendi, Pianist, Teacher
As a Ballet Teacher, Dancer and Choreographer, my balance, strength, and musical quality have been greatly enhanced after studies of the Feldenkrais Method.
Fiona Morris-Duff, Professional Dance Teacher, and Physical Therapist
The Feldenkrais Method and Athletic Performance
The Feldenkrais Method has had an enormous effect on the way I run and on the way I live my life. My knee problem vanished. I’ve increased my mileage considerably without a trace of difficulty and I’m running faster.
Bruce Holmes, Runner’s World Magazine
A few minutes of Feldenkrais can give you the flexibility and postural benefits of hours of stretching exercises.
Anne Rosenthal, Ph.D.
The Feldenkrais Method is a breakthrough in exercise technology.
William I. Koch, Winner 1992 America’s Cup
The Feldenkrais Method has allowed me to play pain free golf, without worrying about injury.
Duffy Waldorf, PGA Tour Golfer
I can’t say enough good things about he Feldenkrais Method. I believe its made the difference between continuing my competitive running career and retiring prematurely.
Chris Boyd, US National Track Champion
The Feldenkrais Method has shown me how to balance my body and improve my flexibility.
Chris Dudley, ex-NBA and New York Knicks Player.
The Feldenkrais Method has given me the ability to do things in tennis I never could do before and has relieved my body of the pain accumulated from over twenty years of competitive playing.
Tony Trear, Tennis Teaching Pro and Ex-Pro Player
I tried everything. I attribute my ability to lead an active, athletic lifestyle to the Feldenkrais lessons I have had.”
Suzie Schwartz, Ski Instructor