Feldenkrais Method® is a learning
experience, and people learn best when comfortable.
Through Movement® classes
are taught on a floor with carpet or mats, on chairs, or in a standing
position. Students pay attention to their own sensations and movements
as the teacher guides them to explore a basic subject, such as how to
improve turning so students can see farther around themselves with less
effort and more integrated movement.
For Functional Integration®,
the Feldenkrais hands-on work, the practitioner takes a functional
movement history and inquires as to duration and possible
causes of the complaint. The practitioner explains that Feldenkrais
work is not a medical procedure or substitute for medical attention.
During the initial interview the practitioner observes the postural
habits of the student. Then the clothed student lies, sits, or stands
in one of about 30 different positions. The practitioner supports the
student's postural habits with pillows so that the student is most
comfortable and able to breathe. This means a person who is significantly
bent forward in standing will require ample pillows behind the head
when reclined, so the habitual curvature is supported. The student
is asked to pay attention and neither help nor hinder. The practitioner
works gently. Each hands-on lesson and class develops several basic
functional subjects, such as balance, breathing, turning, or finding
the relationship between the head and the pelvis.