On behalf of our global listener community, and the donors whose generosity powers the Feldenkrais Project, we are glad you're here! We think it makes the world a kinder place when more people are learning how to move and feel better. In case you're wondering how to say it, Feldenkrais rhymes with "paradise"!
The Feldenkrais Method harnesses neuroplasticity, the brain's curiosity-based ability to change and improve itself and our body's behavior. It's our vision to enable and support this learning birthright for everyone on the internet with no barrier to entry.
Please explore our freely offered lessons below! While most Feldenkrais classes are an hour, Getting Oriented is our series of ten short Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons and brief talks designed to introduce or refresh the basics. We'll cover some of the movements, guided attention techniques, and learning principles that Feldenkrais ATM study utilizes most often.
– Nick Strauss-Klein, creator and voice of the Feldenkrais Project
Click on a track title to go to its audio player, interactive study notes, and listener discussion.
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Descriptions of each lesson give you a sense of its aim, though everyone's learning process is unique and you may find other benefits.
Back to Basics
An introduction to this Getting Oriented series, and to Lesson 1. Why Feldenkrais helps, how Feldenkrais ATM lessons work, and how to take care of yourself and learn as much as you can.
Back-lying, often tilting one bent knee. Improve the comfort, awareness, and organization of your hip joints, pelvis, back, chest, shoulders, neck, and head. Starts with a “body scan,” an awareness technique used at the beginning of most lessons.
Intro to Lesson 2. Nick talks about the antigravity function of bones and the challenge of learning to sense what better skeletal organization actually feels like.
Explore and improve seated uprightness by getting to know your sitbones and learning to feel more clearly where plumb is. Discover different ways of moving and supporting yourself in a chair through explorations with the head, shoulders, chest, spine, pelvis, and feet.
Access Your Axis
Feldenkrais isn’t stretching, it’s learning! Mostly side-lying. Learn greater ease and mobility of your shoulders, neck, ribs, and hips, and discover how a reference twist of sweeping a long, straight arm sideways through the air can improve without any strain at all!
More Feldenkrais Essentials
Various positions, using what the Feldenkrais community calls “paradoxical breathing.” The back-lying first 16 minutes can be studied alone. Discover more pleasurable, adaptable breathing using 360 degree experiments with the chest and abdomen, and find a more supple, supportive spine along the way!
Back-lying, often knees bent. Relax with simple Awareness Through Movement techniques designed to reduce stress and pain and improve function. You'll also discover pleasant connections of the jaw and neck with your breath, tongue, lumbar spine, and pelvis. Often very helpful for TMJ problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
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