The following are questions people often ask at Conscious Movements about how we work together and why. If I haven’t answered your question, please feel free to connect with me at the bottom of this page.
There are a few factors to consider when deciding to do classes or workshops. Both styles of learning are unique and powerful. My recommendation is to simply try both and find what you like and what fits your budget. Also, keep in mind that the most effective way to initiate change with the Feldenkrais Method is to simply do it. So come to classes, book a private and let me help you find a way to explore the work at home.
Awareness Through Movement® lessons (taught in classes) verbally guide you through movement and learning. This is fantastic because it calls upon your verbal faculty for learning. For many people this alone helps to remember and recall various movements that ‘feel good’.
Functional Integration® (private lessons) One-on-One Lessons tend more towards the touch-to-movement end of learning. This is also an incredible way to learn as you begin to expand your ability to sense yourself more directly. Since we are limiting the necessity for the verbal faculty to get involved, you may find that you learn at a deeper, subconscious level.
Three to six lessons are recommended to determine whether this work would be beneficial to you. Most people feel a difference after just one class or private session. But for many the method is so gentle and so unlike anything they have done before, that allowing a little time for their ability to sense the changes can be a life changing experience.
For some, a few sessions may be all they need before they are able to use the principles on their own in a basic way. Other people study for several months or years with varying intensities. The length of your study would depend on your learning style, your physical capacities, and own effort. Others choose to continue doing private Feldenkrais Sessions (Functional Integration Lessons) as “tune ups” on a regular basis, be it monthly or seasonally, while attending regular Awareness Through Movement (ATM) Classes or doing recorded ATM lessons at home. The longer you continue to explore movement the Feldenkrais way, the more you will learn and the more you will improve.
Taking a lesson or class once a week is recommended. However, young children with disabilities or brain injuries may benefit from attending two to three private lessons a week.
Since you will have just experienced something new in your body which needs to be integrated into your nervous system, your body (in particular the way your body consolidates learning) will be a bit vulnerable for a while. I recommend that you do not perform any strenuous exercise, especially lifting weights, or moving too fast to pay attention to yourself for a few hours immediately following a lesson.
Please bring your curiosity and any tools, instruments or exercise equipment that you would like help with using.
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