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Do I have to be athletic or at least physically fit to participate in or benefit from Feldenkrais® lessons?

  • No, classes are open to all levels and conditions. Each student learns according to her or his own needs, pace, and rate of progress.

What should I wear to my class or lesson?

  • Wear loose-fitting, layered clothing that does not interfere with physical movement.
  • At the class or lesson, you'll want to remove your belts, watch, glasses, and other constricting accessories.

What is the class environment like?

  • Radiant-heat cork floors ensure warmth and comfort.
  • Classes are limited to 10 participants.
  • Mats, foam props, healthy snacks, and water and tea are provided.

What should I expect to experience in an Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) class or Functional Integration® (FI) sessions?

  • Both classes and sessions are conducted in quiet, relaxing, private settings to enhance your ability to focus on your body’s movements.
  • In ATM classes the teacher verbally leads you through gentle movements. To reduce strain and enhance focus many of the movements are performed lying on mats. Movements that require sitting and standing may also be performed.
  • In FI sessions you will most likely lie on a low flat table while the practitioner, slowly and with no exertion beyond the point of resistance, raises your limbs, bends and rotates your joints, flexes your muscles, and extends your digits.
  • The movements may be repeated several times either individually or in a sequence of related movements as an aid to learning.

What will I feel like after a class or lesson?

  • Many people find the gentle movements and comforting environment extremely relaxing and that the relaxed state stays with them.
  • Others find the restful movements and environment just what they needed to feel reinvigorated.

Are there any additional recommendations?

  • It is recommended that you keep yourself hydrated.
  • You are encouraged to take a few minutes following a class or lesson to allow readjustment to your normal environment.

What training is required to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm?

  • All Feldenkrais practitioners must complete 800-1000 hours of training over a 3 to 4 year period. Training includes participating in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration sessions, lectures, discussions, group process, and videos of Dr. Feldenkrais teaching before progressing to teaching ATM and FI under supervision.

Are there standards and codes of conduct my practitioner is governed by?

Yes, click a link to open the document.