Susanne Leutenegger

the feldenkrais experience

"what is the feldenkrais experience"

The Feldenkrais Method is a way of learning – learning to move more freely and easily, to carry less stress in your body, to stop doing things that cause you pain. It is learning through and with your body.

In a Feldenkrais class you are getting to know how you are moving (habits) and then you learn more pleasant alternatives that promote greater ease and wellbeing.

The purpose is learning not mechanical repetition, so the word "lesson" is used.

You will discover that you can learn, change and continue to develop throughout your life.

You can experience the FM in two ways 

(1) In an "Awareness-Through-Movement Lesson" (the short name is ATM lesson)

The student is part of a group and the practitioner (teacher) guides you verbally through a sequence of precisely structured movement explorations that involve thinking, sensing, moving and imagining.

Many of the lessons are based on developmental movements (for example relearning/remembering how to roll easily like a baby from back to front).


Or ordinary functional activities (for example what do I do when getting from sitting to standing).

Some lessons are based on explorations of joints and muscles and some lessons are more about postural relationships (e.g. how is my head connected to my spine).

You will find that movements are slow, gentle, novel and exploratory.

A lesson gradually evolves into movements of greater range and complexity.

At the end of a lesson, students often experience immediate improvements, enjoy a lightness of movement, acquired a balanced and easy posture, are free of pain and feel themselves in a positive way.

(2) A "Functional Integration Lesson", (the short name is "FI") is a one-to-one lesson.

The student is lying or sitting fully clothed on a low table and the Feldenkrais Practitioner (teacher) guides the student through movement sequences with gentle, non-invasive touching.  

In Functional Integration the student experiences a custom-made lesson with rapport and respect for the student's abilities.

The practitioner's trained awareness and skill  explores and communicates what your habitual patterns of organisation are and suggests which movements are easier and more functional ways of being.

Each lesson is adapted to your specific needs.

Where can you learn it?