There are two ways to practice the Feldenkrais Method: Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®.
Awareness Through Movement (or ATM) can be done either as a group or one-on-one setting. A practitioner talks students through a series of movement sequences and guide their attentions throughout
the lesson to improve their self-awareness. The intention is to involve one's sensing, thinking, feeling and imagination to explore and discover the easiest and smoothest way to move and
Each lesson is framed around a particular function, or components thereof. Here are a few examples of the themes and movement repertoire that can be found in over 1,000 different movement lessons.
A lesson can be simple or complex—even puzzle-like.
Lessons are designed to work within each student's individual ability. In this way, the Feldenrkais method can help people of all ages and levels, ranging from those with severe limitations and injuries, to those who are extremely athletic.
"My body feels enlightened!"
Functional Integration lessons (or FIs) are one-on-one sessions to address individual needs and requests.
In FI lessons, a practitioner will use gentle yet clear, hands-on guidance to assist the student to influence her infrastructure without invasive force. The student and practitioner work together to improve function and re-organize or re-arrange thought patterns.
FI sessions are great for students with:
Students who want to focus on specific issues or conditions may also prefer this more private setting.
"Futaba has this amazing ability, sometimes using a gentle, sometimes a strong touch, to find unused, underused, sleeping, or hiding parts, and somehow awaken them and guide your awareness there. With her help I have been able to re-connect with myself, and for the first time in many, many years I can move comfortably and enjoyably, with more energy, and little if any pain."
FI lesson: Student learning how to let go of her unnecessary tension in her neck and shoulders.