In most cases our posture and the way we move are very well established habits. This means that when we experience tension or pain we’re often not aware why. The Feldenkrais Method can help you find the origins. Feldenkrais is movement pedagogy that increases body awareness. You can use it to learn to recognise ingrained habits and patterns of behaviour and change them.
The Feldenkrais Method was invented by Moshé Feldenkrais, who in addition to being a scientist was a judo teacher and co-founder of the first judo club in Europe. He put the emphasis on learning.
How does Feldenkrais work in practice?
Feldenkrais is a somatic learning process taught either in group classes or individual sessions. Group classes are based on a technique called Awareness Through Movement, with participants receiving verbal instructions from a Feldenkrais teacher and doing the movements themselves. During the session the teacher may ask participants questions – for example whether they can feel the soles of their feet or whether their shoulders are tense – to make them aware of habits or new patterns of movement.
Individual sessions take the form of so-called Functional Integration. Here the person sits or lies in a specific position, with the Feldenkrais teacher communicating movements non-verbally by gently touching or moving them.
Who can benefit from Feldenkrais?
According to the association of Feldenkrais practitioners, people’s ability to learn is a key component in their capacity for health and vitality. Whatever their age or walk of life, it’s possible for people to learn more, improve their health and thus benefit from the Feldenkrais Method.The Feldenkrais Method can also help make people more mobile and get to know their bodies better.
Generous support with your efforts to stay fit and healthy
SWICA rewards your efforts to stay healthy with generous contributions of up to CHF 800 per year and exercise-, nutrition- or relaxation-related activity (e.g. fitness centres, nutritional advice or Feldenkrais). Please call our helpline toll-free on 0800 80 90 80 for non-binding advice.