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Patrons Monthly

Welcome! Everyone can browse our Patrons Monthly lesson titles and descriptions below.

Why be a Patron?

The Feldenkrais Project’s 50 free lessons are a crowd-funded labor of love. If you believe, like we do, that Feldenkrais makes the world a better place please join the Project as a Patron to support our work and access over 45 Patrons Monthly lessons below, plus other Patrons-only lessons. You’ll also get full access to our Deep Dive courses.

A Patron-level membership costs about what you’d pay to attend a single Feldenkrais or other movement class per month!

Join the Project as a Patron

Our costs for 2021 were over $13,000 for technology and our part-time staff – plus 50-100 hours of Nick’s time each month – as we improve this site, spread the word about our vision, and add new lessons and features to our industry-leading resources. Your support really matters!

Each month Nick adds at least one new lesson to thank our Patrons and expand our resources.

They end up in the list below or our ATM book collection.

Newest Lessons

Comforting Your Jaw and Neck (38 min, Patrons only) »

Back-lying, often knees bent. Ease your jaw and neck with simple Awareness Through Movement techniques designed to reduce stress and pain and improve function. Pleasant connections to your breath, tongue, lumbar spine, and pelvis are also explored. Often very helpful for TMJ problems.

“Beard Pull” Pecking, with Chanukia (Patrons Only) »

Back-lying, exploring pecking movements to create ease, clarity, and better carriage of the head, neck, shoulders, and spine. Uses the playful image of having a chin beard that an imaginary friend gently pulls toward the ceiling. Movements from the Chanukia lesson are used to develop possibilities. A link to that prerequisite lesson is in the Comfort & Configuration tab.

All Patrons Monthly Lessons

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Arms Like a Skeleton, Integrating the Neck, Jaw, and Eyes (Patrons Only)

Back-lying. Designed to help you find new options for ease in your neck, jaw, and eyes in relationship to movements of your shoulders and chest. Great for reducing tension and improving posture, particularly carriage of the head, neck, and shoulders.

April 7, 2022

Calming the Nervous System, Integrating the Hands and Eyes (37 min, Patrons only)

Back-lying, using a "bell hand" movement to differentiate and integrate the hands, eyes, and breath. This lesson is a powerful tool for self-regulation and reorganization, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and shifting us away from "fight or flight" and toward "rest and digest". Begins with a 2-minute introduction to this lesson’s particular bell hand movement (see photos).

February 6, 2022

Getting Free with a Bell Hand (Patrons only)

Mostly in a "three-quarters prone" position (halfway between side-lying and front-lying). Learn to use a gently pulsing "bell hand" to calm and regulate your nervous system, and to help you organize larger, more demanding movements with greater freedom and skill. See the lesson notes for a recommended prerequisite lesson.

January 12, 2022

Making Peace: Smooth Breath, Skillful Bias, Supple Chest (Patrons only)

Back-lying. Recorded in a "Rest and Recharge" themed class, this workshop-style lesson weaves together three related ATM explorations designed to calm and restore your nervous system. Balance your breath, find and enjoy your primary spinal bias, and then unlock more suppleness in your ribs and shoulders by gently moving within unusual constraints.

December 17, 2021

Freeing the Shoulders by Rolling the Arms (Patrons only)

Mostly back-lying, arms in a "letter T" position. Improving the function and mobility of the shoulders by connecting them more skillfully with the chest, spine, and head. Particular attention is given to the neck and to the spine between the shoulder blades.

December 6, 2021

Finding Sensations of Not Shortening (Patrons Only)

Side-lying and front-lying with optional rolling, framed by brief standing explorations. Movement riddles for the chest, shoulders, neck, spine, and legs are presented in a focused context of lengthening. Uses sensory images of the five cardinal lines of the body, breathing, organizing the “core,” and expanding into the support surface to create opportunities to sense and inhibit unnecessary shortening. Begins with a summary of what we're exploring.

November 19, 2021

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Deep Dives with Patrons Monthly lessons

To enjoy some of our Patrons Monthly lessons in larger learning contexts try our Deep Dives, where we integrate Patrons-only content with other Feldenkrais Project lessons in specialized study sequences. Patrons have full access.

More collections just for Patrons:

Lessons from Awareness Through Movement - Feldenkrais Method with Nick Strauss-Klein
Lessons from Awareness Through Movement

Developed from Moshe Feldenkrais’s 1972 book, written to introduce his method to the world.

Legacy and Alternate Lessons - Feldenkrais Method with Nick Strauss-Klein
Legacy and Alternate Lessons

Some listeners prefer the classics. When a lesson is replaced or updated the original goes here.

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5 Comments. Leave new

  • Nick Strauss-Klein
    March 5, 2019 3:57 pm

    As you explore the Patrons Monthly lessons please leave comments and questions on the lesson pages – they build our community, improve our visibility on the web, and refine my teaching and which lessons I choose to add.

    You can also leave a comment right here to request lessons or topics of study.

  • I like lessons with a rolling part in them, they are so much fun! This lesson maked me especially aware of my Sternum and that I usually direct it “backwords”. I will pay attention to a more balanced direction (in the mid of backwards and forwards) of my Sternum after doing this lesson. Thank you Nick for sharing your Knowledge with us.

  • Rib basket and shoulder cloak lesson is great. Taught me a lot about being upright.

  • Helina Karvak
    June 18, 2022 7:43 am

    Hi! I’m interested in voice as topic of study 🙂

    • Nick Strauss-Klein
      June 20, 2022 12:00 pm

      That’s great – me too! My wife is a singer and I’ve wanted for years to develop my own ease in speaking. Lessons for the voice are on the back burner right now, but I think I’ll get to it!


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