The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education

Awareness Through Movement® classes and individual Functional Integration® sessions take place weekly at the studio and other locations in Vancouver. I (Kataraina Halm) have been honored to serve as Canadian-Region Co-Representative to the Feldenkrais Guild of North America and currently serve as Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Region. For an essay on my approach to the Method, please see Feldenkrais® and Focusing.

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THE PROFESSION

“EMBODYING NEUROSCIENCE” Conference and Symposium places the FELDENKRAIS METHOD(R) at the Cutting Edge

“We improve our well-being when we learn to fully use ourselves.”
Moshe Feldenkrais

A fine introduction to the Method by Pat Buchanan:
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Buchanan, P. A. (2012). The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education. In
A. Bhattacharya (Ed.), A Compendium of Essays on Alternative Therapy, (pp.
147-172). Rijeka, Croatia: InTech.

An excellent research article published August 2013:
Moving with Ease: Feldenkrais Method Classes for People with Osteoarthritis
Robert Webb, Luis Eduardo Cofré Lizama, and Mary P. Galea, Academic Editor: Andre-Michael Beer. 
Copyright © 2013 Robert Webb et al.This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The following two paragraphs from the article are a nice introduction for those new to the Feldenkrais Method.

Awareness Through Movement lessons are verbally guided explorations of movement that are about 30–60 minutes long. Each lesson explores movement related to a particular function (e.g., walking) to enhance awareness of how movements are performed and invite the participant to investigate how they might expand their action and ability to function. The lessons address habitual patterns of movement and expand a person’s self-image. By exploring novel movement sequences, attention is drawn to parts of the self which the person may not be aware of and may have excluded from their functioning. The method aims for a heightened self-awareness, an expansion of a person’s repertoire of movement, and improved functioning where the whole body cooperates in movement and where maximum efficiency is achieved with minimum effort. Dr. Feldenkrais described the aim of the method as “a person who is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular effort, but through increased consciousness of how movement works” [13].

[13]  M. Feldenkrais, Awareness through Movement; Health Exercises for Personal Growth, Harper & Row, New York, NY, USA, 1st edition, 1972.

The Moving With Ease program is a selection of Awareness Through Movement lessons from the Feldenkrais Method. Because the lessons are gentle and enjoyable, they may enable people with OA to move more easily and better manage their pain. The self-exploratory nature of the classes provides an opportunity for participants to become aware of how they move, thus learning to minimize their functional limitations. Therefore the lessons become a form of self- management that addresses a significant aspect of the process of disablement in people with osteoarthritis [11].

[11]  A. A. Guccione, “Arthritis and the process of disablement,” Physical Therapy, vol. 74, no. 5, pp. 408–414, 1994.

* The terms Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement, and Functional Integration are registered service marks  in Canada of the FELDENKRAIS GUILD of North America (FGNA).