Through subtle movement, directed attention, and repetition, your brain grows new connections between neurons and “prunes out” old inefficient neural networks that supported your old habits. In this way, you learn with mind and body simultaneously, much like playing an instrument, speaking a new language, or cooking recipes by heart. You identify and put your attention on the relevant information and repeat it consistently to achieve mastery.
The Feldenkrais Method® was developed over 40 years of research by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. He was a scientist and an athlete, as well as one of the first Europeans to earn a black belt in Judo. He applied his rigorous scientific approach to the study of movement in order to explore how we learn and how to improve our lives.
This will depend on many factors. To help you get started and identify the best path for you, please contact Dayana directly. She may suggest a 30 minute consultation at a minimal cost.
Usually clients feel a difference at the end of the first session or group class, though this varies. Your personal situation, the nature and longevity of your condition, and your level of sensitivity will play a role.
The benefits build with practice and repetition. Your ability to use and practice what you learn during the sessions can make the benefits last for weeks at a time.
Yes. We recommend spacing out your sessions in between your acupuncture or chiropractor treatments, and please avoid having them on the same day. If you are in severe pain or experiencing a chronic condition, you may want to just do Feldenkrais sessions so you can measure their benefits directly.
Physical therapy exercises take a mechanical approach to rehabilitation. Feldenkrais goes a step further, by integrating precise biomechanical movements into a holistic understanding of your body’s central nervous system. In this way, your body and mind work simultaneously to rewire the neural pathways that trigger pain and restriction so you can move more freely, without discomfort.
Yes. Feldenkrais is designed to improve your activity and make it easier, more efficient and enjoyable. This is particularly useful for sports and activities that require full range of motion such as golf, tennis, and yoga.
You can learn to do what you already do well, more easily, with less effort, so there is energy left over to go even further. Many of Feldenkrais’ biggest adherents are professionals who strive to be their best — Yehudi Menuhin, Martina Navratilova, Dame Judi Dench, to name a few. Weight lifters find the weights seem lighter, tennis players and golfers find their swing more effortless, runners go farther, and performing artists feel they can dance or play the night away.
No. the group classes and private sessions, which are taught one-on-one, are slow, gentle explorations of movement that can be done by anyone, at any level of fitness.
No. The movements are gentle and always done within the range of your comfort and ease. This is an important principle of the work, that positively affects the brain and neural pathways.
A wonderful thing about the Feldenkrais Method® is that it is about exploring learning strategies. If you have difficulty with one side, you can work with the other side. If you can’t lie down, you can sit. And even students with paralysis have found that working with their imagination can create new neural links to improve their quality of life.
Once you learn to replace painful, inefficient movement, counterproductive thinking, and destructive feeling patterns with new and effortless ease, your body will naturally want to practice more. The thing to keep in mind is that this is not an exercise program that requires time in a gym. The simplicity of the movements make it easy to practice anytime, anywhere.
After successfully completing 160 days of training spread over at least 36 months, graduates are eligible to become certified by the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America. They maintain that certification by fulfilling continuing education and professional practice requirements each year.
Yes, both the private sessions and group classes are done with clothes on. We recommend wearing layers and socks, since changes in body temperature are common once you relax.
The Feldenkrais Method® is not a medical treatment. It is an educational system that has been shown to have therapeutic benefits. However, in some cases, you may qualify for some reimbursement for your visits. Check with your Feldenkrais practitioner and insurance provider.