Moshe Feldenkrais, founder of the Feldenkrais Method

What does the Feldenkrais Method® do?

The Feldenkrais Method uses movement as a resource for learning how to achieve a pain free existence, better musical, artistic and athletic performance and recovery from trauma and neurological impairments.

It was developed by physicist and judo master Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. Through research and through the process of recovering from his own debilitating injuries, he found a way to utilize principles of human movement, development and learning to create new, more efficient patterns of self-use.

The Feldenkrais Method is practiced in two applications:

• Awareness Through Movement® classes which consists of easy-to-do movement lessons. These movements address all aspects of human functioning and are of benefit to everyone. They build new skills with ease, using as a foundation what the students do well, without promoting the feeling of inadaquacy and without the exhausting struggle that comes from imposing on ourselves someone else’s idea of perfection.

• Functional Integration® is a gentle, effective hands-on approach that addresses serious muscular-skeletal and neurological problems, chronic tension and pain, developmental delays and learning issues in children. It is personalized and improvised for each individual.

What Benefits Can You Expect?

Because Feldenkrais sessions are individually formatted for each student, the benefits are as varied as the students themselves. Some of the benefits commonly experienced are:

• Reduced pain

• New ways of coping with stress

• Increased range of movement

• Enhanced athletic and artistic performance

• Prevention of performance related injuries

• Greater ease and pleasure in physical activities

• Quicker recovery of abilities following trauma

• Increased mental clarity

To read two articles by a Princeton University professor about his experience with repetitive stress injury and the Feldenkrais Method please click here to go to the "links" section of the Contacts page.

“The Feldenkrais Method has provided me with the critical insights and experiences to free my body from the constant aches and pains that plagued me and led me to Feldenkrais. With the fusion of 4 vertebrae 25 years ago, I was forced to tolerate back, hip and neck discomfort and curtail some of my favorite exercise and parenting activities. Aliza and Feldenkrais led me to understand the correct way to carry myself, move and understand my body so that I can take pleasure in the most mundane aspects of life that previously caused me pain.”
- Gail Fishman
museum manager

“Since beginning Awareness through Movement and Functional Integration lessons with Aliza, I am in a place of re-discovery regarding movement. As a career dancer & 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 & gentle way through internal and external awareness”.
- Liese Weber-Frutchey
Dancer, teacher, choreographer

“Aliza Stewart has taught me a new way of thinking about movement as a therapeutic tool. She has given me ideas and techniques Aliza to help my patients self-correct. Her teaching style is open and natural, and allows me to learn how to be responsible for myself.”
- Cindy Tipping
Physical Therapist

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