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What is the Feldenkrais® Method?

Movement is Life

In physics, movement means "life."  We are a conversation that unites mind as matter, and there is a sense that feels this union hidden in every human body.  This method (pronounced 'feld-in-kra-ice'), named after its originator physicist Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, teaches how to turn the senses inward and sense the embodiment employing perception.  This sense of "life" is a magnetic force of not "mind over matter" but the mind as matter.


All of the learning is employs movement. The root word "soma" means to experience the body as a motion of behavior.  Chronic conditions all have action patterns, regardless of the dis-ease,  systemic or structural. This learning from the body-to-the-brain teaches how a sense in the nature of the nervous system learns and heals. The method understands the body-to-the brain action as a root-pattern-system from behavior.  Sensing the wholeness as the mind, and body works better as they work together.  The methodology draws from the sciences of movement, development, psychology, neurology, and physiology aligning with ancient teachings of Spirituality.  In everyone's body, the opportunity is there to witnesses an unshakable sense of truth.


The Feldenkrais® Method enhances what nature is doing naturally in what I call the "sensory body (SB),” the sensation of sensorimotor patterns of mental and emotional behavior. The sensory body is the experience of a 3-D garment and magnifies what is happening in the body, senses, and mind long before the mind.  This experience is a subtle and complex sensation of a matrix in motion.  Motion is not a movement from here-to-there but a symphony of actions –  synapsing thinking, feeling, and sensing.  Through the awareness of sensations to gentle movements or tactile guidance, sessions take participant out of what is familiar and into a new body sense.  The differences in feelings reveal the living truth of familiar patterns  "character" structurally embodied as the "self."  The experience of this modality opens a whole new way of life and a sixth sense otherwise known as the proprioceptive sense.

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How does the body create or identity and sense of self?  

Daily and familiar life patterns wires into the muscular-skeletal movement. The movement learns to repeat itself sending a discharge to the brain.  Nerve impulses send cascading patterns of thought, feeling or action.  When the body sense is witnessed, one recognizes the identity of the self and often symptoms improve. 


Why can't we feel our bodies?

When we come into the world we do not know how to walk; we have to learn first how our body moves.  In the same way, we don't feel the proprioceptive sense; the body-mind connection teaches us.  Our humanness gives opportunities to wake to what we are doing we don't know we are doing.  Awareness of the physical sensation of responses to life’s circumstances enhances skills. However, skills become automatic and start running our lives.  This nature process eventually must change and with the change helps us grow and understand ways of being what I call "fully human."


What is "fully human?"

 Fully human is not just about being in a mechanical, or biological body.  Fully human is the awareness of the great potential our bodies have in waking up consciousness. When the senses can both turn inward to source and outward, this dual-consciousness expands perception, health, and vitality.  Coming together like scales of a musical piece interlinking the sixth sense feels the oneness of mind and matter.


Ingeniously Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais figured out a method to enhance the nature of this process.  The essential quality of the supralimbic part of the brain, which can sense the abstract of what is happening in our bodies through expanded bodily-awareness (or "sensory self-awareness").


By reducing attention to the external direction of the senses, slowing down movement, and watching the lowest value of change, regardless of how much pain or disease, expands and improves.  Nature's design of the human body enhances sensitivity to distinguish subtle details escaping notice.  This sixth sense opens “eyes that are blind,” and “ears that are deaf” to authentic understanding. The witness of the proprioceptive self is life changing. Over 10,000 people in my last forty years of practice have improved individual's flexibility, discomfort and pain, and improvements are kept when the character related to movement patterns are addressed daily.  With practice, even immune systems have boosted and emotional swings stabilized. Over time the self-changes, and quality of life takes a whole different direction.


Moshe Feldenkrais says, "Mind and body are an inseparable whole.  A brain without a body could not think; at least, the continuing of mental functions are assured by corresponding motor functions."  When learning sensory self-awareness patterns give the mind a more concrete understanding of oneself. Just as anatomy reveals an intimate knowledge of the insights, somatic sensations reveal the workings of perception and the health and vitality of human function possible.


No matter what age or condition sensory self-awareness enhances how the mind, body and senses work together.














“We must become aware of what we are doing

and not what we say or think we are doing."

~Moshe Feldenkrais





How does Feldenkrais® Method differ from other modalities?

Lace_Hands_sec_3 copyThe biggest difference is the nervous system is what fixes or reeducate conditions and client particcipation is essential.  Lessons teach awareness of what was out of awareness from the body's perceptive to the brain. Similar to other modalities with movement and tactile guidance is used, yet Feldenkrais touch there is no adjustments.  The touch is to mirror what is.  This type of tactile language is a type of communication from the body to the brain. Before studying Feldenkrais® Method I learned massage, some osteopathic manipulations, shiatsu, deep tissue, Swedish massage and other traditional hands-on techniques and had to stop all hands-on work to understand this different way of touching.   The Feldenkrais® Method works with the nervous system, inclusive of mind and body so being "exact" in how to touch is crucial for beneficial results that are long lasting. This integrative approach challenges questions of the self and the function of muscles to bones.





  • Research Support: guidance on how to measure somatosensory responses in structural function influencing the brain and behavior.

Example of Teaching from the Sensory Body: Embodied Development Activities Poster_4-3 

Poster Presentation as the Society for Research in Child Development

  • Elementary schools, teachers and parents: school culture, classroom management and child behavior. Programs for Schools







Private Sessions

  •  Private sessions in person or on the phone regarding chronic conditions or behavioral challenges. In-person session are hands-on gentle movements with articulations of the whole body.  Phone sessions guides participant how to adapt to daily living. 


  •  Private sessions for child with developmental challenges or delays (must be in person first 3 sessions).


  • All Private Sessions involve Functional Integration®, FI®, lessons privately for in depth hands-on lesson. Practitioner goes through every articulation of the skeleton and reeducates behavioral patterns of tension to increase quality of ease  and motion.  Each session is designed to adapt to each individual and their needs regardless of condition. Communication is done through touch to the nervous system (controller of tension) not just verbally but through gentle touch and motion. This hands-on lesson is custom tailored to fit the particular needs of the person.  Then the student is consulted in what the body is saying and how to become more awareness of what it is doing that is limiting what is desired.  Team work is essential to adapting what is learned into daily living.


Group Sessions

  • Awareness Through Movement®, ATM®  movement lessons often done in groups (but also individually) integrating awareness of your body to the mind, reeducating tension to freedom and improving sensory self awareness. The teacher verbally guides students through gentle movements to increase awareness of hidden patterns of action that may be limiting movements.  These sessions are popular for people interested in enhancing also athletic abilities. (See the book "A New SENSORY Self-Awareness" to get an idea of introductory lessons)











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Catherine Rosasco Mitchell – The Feldenkrais® Method






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Catherine Rosasco Mitchell – The Feldenkrais® Method