Why the Feldenkrais Method works?

Why the Feldenkrais Method works?

The Feldenkrais Method offers lessons where the movement is considered as a process of knowledge of ourselves that through the awareness of our motor habits – the listening, the feeling, the thinking, the moving – leads to a physical and mental wellness.

Life is a dynamic process.

The maps of the brain are dynamic. We can create and stabilize new motor functions or improve existing functions researching different sensory-motor experiences.  The Feldenkrais Method tries to bring the movement in those  parts that are “forgotten” or not used in an efficient way: the new stimulation allows the growing of new nervous connections and the expansion of the areas associated with such movements making them functional.

The person changes while learning!

Each individual lesson of Functional Integration or Awareness Through Movement® causes functional changes in the strength of the synaptic connections, increasing the abilities of working functionally but the information received remain in the short-term memory of minutes or hours. These new information can be stabilized through more lessons and may become part of the long-term memory stabilizing the new synaptic connections.

Our behavior, the way we move, is only partly determined by our genetic heritage.

It is our experiences and personal interactions that allow us to develop an individual brain structure. The Feldenkrais Method puts the us in a condition of having new information from our feelings, our thoughts, our emotions and our movements.

The Feldenkrais Method produces permanent changes in the brain

It is possible to demonstrate that the Feldenkrais Method produces permanent changes in the brain, and that this is because it causes anatomical changes. The Feldenkrais Method acts on brain structure causing changes in the brain and nerve connections maps.

Why the Feldenkrais Method works?

Because it creates a condition for the brain to learn, to learn again and then to change. All the pathologies related with an inefficient use of the body are reversible: they are the result of our bad habits and for the same reason they can be cured by changing the inefficient habits with new efficient and function ones.

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Choosing the Path of Least Resistance (Feldenkrais Method)

Choosing the Path of Least Resistance (Feldenkrais Method)

“I enjoyed the gentle quality of the class,” remembers Rarick.

The practice of moving with less effort and finding the path of least resistance is at odds with the music world.

“Musicians have compulsive and perfectionist tendencies. We need to be that way to examine the detail of the work we do. If you tell a musician to do it 5 times they will do it 20 times. They are wired to think more is more. Push it more and get it is the motto. We perform under stress and we have to be consistent. The Feldenkrais Method helps you to deal with that situation,” states Rarick. “Because we are small muscle athletes this is important.”

“What Feldenkrais does is help you to understand the direct path to a goal that is not always the best path. Sometimes indirect can be more powerful than direct. The Feldenkrais work shows that to you in a way that you can understand. You can’t make a mistake in a Feldenkrais lession. It’s OK to not be perfect. When you finish a lesson you feel relaxed and calm and you notice you are much more grounded.”


Thank you for coming to the Introductory seminar of the Feldenkrais Method – Bodycentric


A great day at Bodycentric and a great thanks to all the students who came for this introductory seminar of the Feldenkrais Method: we have made three very interesting ATMs starting making the spine flexible, then Training the Flexors – “Elbow to Knee” and we ended with the third ATM: “Rolling to Sit” in which we have learned to get to sit in an effortless and easy way.

Thanks for the feedbacks that I received from the students.

I hope to see you soon again for an other workshop.

For more information for future activities please contact Σοφία Χατζηρβασάνη

Bodycentric | Μέθοδος PilatesGyrotonic® & Gyrokinesis® EXPANSION SYSTEM
Ήλιδος 23, Αμπελόκηποι
Τ. 210 7473754


How can the The Feldenkrais Method® help people with scoliosis?


The Feldenkrais method® is based on the evidence that everyone has a different type of intelligence and one of these, mentioned by Feldenkrais as the Kinesthetic intelligence, is responsible for our feeling balanced and coordinated in space. For Feldenkrais scoliosis usually starts in a young age, much before the time in which it expresses itself. Already at the age of 6, under a close examination you can find the precursor of a future scoliosis and it is at this age that the child should start receiving lessons in order to develop this very fine type of intelligence that other children have developed. In any case through the Feldenkrais Method it is always possible to reorganise the posture in a better and more functional way: this means that a student can correct the scoliosis or integrate it in order to make it functional. This will allow one to use the body in a more efficient, effortless and painless way. Besides, the above analysis is true not only regarding scoliosis but also all other possible deviations from the optimal posture (khyphosis, Lordosis, etc).

By Massimo Galli