Created by Israeli scientist Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), this work has spread all over the world.
Through a practice of observing oneself in action, one learns how to refine one’s activity, whatever it may be.“Through awareness we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom – at almost any age – and thereby improve our living circumstances, not only physically… but emotionally and spiritually.” Dr. M. Feldenkrais
How do babies learn to walk? This sensory-motor way of learning is organic to us, if dormant: we can revive our ability to sense and learn for ourselves, and learn to overcome habits or difficulties that interfere with our enjoyment or success.
Moving, sensing, feeling, thinking: Dr. Feldenkrais chose movement as a way to human improvement, at the same time acknowledging that only in language can one truly separate these four components of our experience. Attention to any one aspect - moving, feeling, sensing or thinking - immediately and directly influences the others, and influences the whole person.
However, movement or its anticipation, is the main preoccupation of our nervous system – including the job of keeping us upright in gravity, and safe in our environment. Movement is the most concrete of our experiences, and the easiest to access and perceive. Actually a change in a movement pattern (the shape, attitude or ‘posture’ of an individual) reflects a change which has come about in the entire nervous system: we work with movement in order to affect such changes in the entire system. That’s learning! A fundamental change in the motor component of a habit pattern, breaks up the entire pattern, and leaves thinking and feeling more free as well.
In other words, it’s a wonderful “way in” to the self, a “handle” or doorway to work with one’s way of being in the world.