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The One-on-One service of the Feldenkrais Method is called ‘Functional Integration’®.
It is a hands-on approach where the practitioner gently executes small body movements and connects them to a functional context. The lessons are individually tailored to the needs and abilities of each student.
They take place in a relaxed, pressure-free atmosphere that allows the student to learn about her/his body’s skeletal and muscular structures and functions.
Like in a group class setting the practitioner might start with the exploration of a particular joint and its movement abilities. She will then slowly integrate more and more body parts to participate and support the function of the joint.
The One-on-One approach has a deeply relaxing effect on the nervous system and leads to a feeling of ease, vitality, and confidence. People of all ages and abilities will enjoy the benefits of a ‘Functional Integration ®’ lesson.
Classes are taught in-person or via the Zoom platform.
Feldenkrais group sessions are called ‘Awareness Through Movement’®.
During class, the teacher verbally leads the students through a series of mindfully executed movements with students either lying on a mat, occasionally sitting or standing. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movement explorations of greater range and complexity.
These gentle exercises allow the students to discover their own habitual movement patterns that have led to injuries and discomfort in the past. They will then explore alternative ways to use the body with more ease, efficiency and pleasure.
The movement sequences are based on ordinary functional activities like walking, standing, reaching, sitting, as well as more abstract explorations of joints, muscle and postural dynamics.
Group classes are beneficial for people of all ages and abilities.
Feldenkrais is a significant help. It's been teaching me to consider myself in close detail, as in how a small change can have unexpected effects elsewhere. I use it daily to seek out discomfort and relieve it. I'm far more aware of how I'm sitting, walking, laying and I believe I'm able to prevent aches and pains. I feel better. Michaela is an outstanding instructor and she brings the benefit of her knowledge of physiotherapy to the lessons. I consider myself very lucky to have found Feldenkrais and Michaela and I highly recommend both.
— Glen from Ottawa, ON
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