The Feldenkrais Method

Dr. (physics) Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was the founder of the Feldenkrais Method, which is based on a communicative arranged concept derived from the human beings’ influence on themselves to be able to change their self-image. This change occurs with a nonverbal Neuro Motor Communication between practitioner and pupil.
The information is attained in a so-called movement language with the pupil’s Central Nervous System via the kinaesthetic sense (the movement sense).

Awareness Through Movement (ATM)
During the group lesson the practitioner gives the pupils verbal descriptions of movements they perform in an exploring and individual way. The practitioner is guiding, not showing. The pupils do not imitate the movements.

Functional Integration (FI)
The practitioner performs the communicative movements on the pupil’s body, depending on the habitual muscle tension habits in the pupil’s body. Out of the above the practitioner gives a nonverbal lesson. The two ways of working give sudden insights (aha-experience) and increased awareness. The pupils create an image of the movement they should perform into a functional action.

Yochanan Rywerant
conducted three Feldenkrais Trainings and a Teachers Trainer’s Training in Sweden between 1986 and 1995. Elisabet Bloom took part in both, the Basic Training from 1986 -1989 and The Trainers Training 1994-1995.