Named after it’s originator, Moshé Feldenkrais (1904 – 1984), a Russian-born engineer, physicist, and judo master, the method is based on principles drawn from diverse fields of learning, including physics, biomechanics, martial arts and human development.
The starting point in Feldenkrais is to develop new awareness of existing patterns of habitual muscular activity. Gentle, specific movements and guided attention are then used to help you to become more aware of your body’s structure, and of unconscious habits of holding and moving yourself that cause limitation and strain.
This process provides new sensory-motor information that enables your brain to re-organise and improve neuro-muscular connections and develop more effective patterns of co-ordination.
Rather than strengthening or stretching a particular set of muscles, Feldenkrais is designed to develop awareness of counter-productive habits of behaviour, and improve your ability to find more effective alternatives.