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Feldenkrais



Who benefits?

Everyone benefits from the Feldenkrais Method® regardless of age, ability and health.

Many healthy people come for pure enjoyment. They benefit from:

  • A feeling of relaxation and well-being
  • Renewed energy
  • Improved posture and coordination
  • Improved stamina
  • Improved confidence

Feldenkrais helps people who have:

  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Musculoskeletal difficulties:
    • Chronic or occasional back pain
    • Neck pain
    • Shoulder tension
    • Painful knees
  • Stress
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neurological and developmental disorders like:
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Down’s Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning difficulties
  • Insomnia

Feldenkrais benefits those in rehabilitation after:

  • Accidents
  • Strokes
  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis

Feldenkrais is of great value in performance optimisation:

  • Sports people
  • Improved coordination and breathing
  • Musicians

What is Feldenkrais?

The Feldenkrais Method, developed by Moshe Feldenkrais (physicist, 1904-1984), improves your physical and mental functioning by making you aware of how you move.

The Feldenkrais Method is about learning how to learn effectively without endless repetition. We say that children learn to walk and talk, but hardly ever consider how that learning occurs. Children learn by exploring. They are motivated by curiosity and guided by comfort, and learn to move efficiently. The Feldenkrais Method stimulates this kind of learning whether you are healthy or not, and whether you are 20, 50 or 80 years old.

Numerous methods develop fitness, muscle strength or provide relief from pain - at least temporarily. But a marathon runner with stamina and strong muscles will not be able to run fast if he has a stiff chest that prevents him from breathing effectively. Massage may relieve your back pain temporarily but until you have learnt to sit on your chair in such a way that no muscles are stressed the pain will return.

For lasting benefits you need to learn more efficient ways of moving, and this is what Feldenkrais teaches.

Feldenkrais is taught in two ways: Group lessons known as Awareness Through Movement (ATM), and individual lessons called Functional Integration (FI).


What are ATM Lessons?

Feldenkrais group lessons are called "Awareness Through Movement" (ATM) and are taught verbally. Students lie down, sit or stand and are guided through a series of non-strenuous, carefully constructed movement sequences which are based around specific themes. Lessons last from 45 minutes to an hour.

15 Top reasons for having Awarness Through Movement lessons

1. Posture (What is ‘Straight’? Nothing in the skeleton is straight! ‘Good posture’ is when you are able to move in any direction at any time...whatever your condition)
2. Flexibility (with Feldenkrais you stay flexible to old age. If you have lost it, you regain it)
3. Co-ordination (did you ever wonder about the intricacy when reaching for and grasping hold of a book or, what you do when you put on your trousers? You would if you couldn’t.)
4. Independence (rely on yourself, not on what magazine articles and other people tell you)
5. Preventing injury (for footballers e.g.: knees & ankles)
6. Stress (New York Police use Feldenkrais)
7. Breathing (ribs, diaphragm, tongue, teeth, soft palates)
8. Improving Self Image
9. Osteoporosis (Astronauts use the Feldenkrais method to avoid osteoporosis caused by their weightlessness)
10. Organising your own life
11. Running faster (stamina is not the only answer)
12. Jumping higher
13. Playing better sport
14. Walking and standing better
15. Playing an instrument with more ease

ATM classes - times and prices.

You can join our classes at any time!
Tryout lesson free!

Call 01223 566166 or email us to enroll, or just come along.

Click here for online lessons you can do at home.

Every month CCLF runs workshops on a variety of themes. Workshops usually run over one weekend.

More information on Feldenkrais workshops.


What are FI Lessons?

Individual sessions are called "Functional Integration" (FI) and are hands-on lessons. You lie on a low table, sit or stand fully clothed while the Feldenkrais Practitioner guides you through carefully constructed movements. Lessons are usually one hour long.

15 Top reasons for having Functional Integration lessons

1.Pain (neck ache & back pain. It is a misconception that strengthening either the back or stomach muscles helps. We have muscles to move us, not to hold us up, for which we have bones. It is when opposing muscles work in balance that posture and movement become optimal and pain can be lessened)
2. Shoulder tension
3. Headaches (do you clench your teeth?)
4. Insomnia (go to sleep with ease)
5. Repetitive Strain Injury (to become aware of how you use yourself is the hallmark of Feldenkrais)
6. Encephalitis (go to Testimonials page)
7. Dyslexia
8. Mental Functioning
9. Rehabilitation (used to great effect abroad)
10. Multiple Sclerosis (rely on your bones)
11. Strokes
12. Meningitis
13. Dyspraxia (go to Testimonials page)
14. Cerebral Palsy (come and see our films)
15. Fine tuning your body (especially for actors)

Call 01223 566166 or email us to book a session.


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Cambridge Centre for Lymphology and Feldenkrais (CCLF)
283 Milton Road
Cambridge CB4 1XQ, England

Tel: 01223 566166
Email: info@cclf.co.uk

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