||Two modalities of learning are fundamental to Feldenkrais work.
Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®)
In Awareness Through Movement, the teacher verbally guides the student or group of students through a sequence of movements in a basic position: sitting or lying on the floor, standing or sitting in a chair. These movements provide participants with kinesthetic information that enables them to recognize habitual patterns and develop new movement alternatives which reduce or eliminate unnecessary strain and effort. The process develops not only awareness but also flexibility and coordination.
After an ATM lesson, students often feel taller and lighter, breathe more freely, and find their discomforts have eased. They experience relaxation and a sense of release. Best of all, the learning stays with them and becomes part of their everyday living.
Functional Integration® (FI®)
This one-to-one, hands-on interaction is the most direct way to experience results with the Feldenkrais Method. Here change and improvement are achieved through a highly skilled, gentle, and non-invasive touch.
Comfortably clothed, the student lies or sits on a low padded table. The practitioner then guides the student through a series of precise movements that relax tense areas. These movements alter habitual patterns and provide new information directly to the neuro-muscular system.
Functional Integration is for anyone who needs to give attention to particular physical discomforts. It's especially useful for people with recurrent difficulties who want to learn to overcome limitations brought on by stress, misuse, accident or illness. It is equally beneficial for people who just want to perform and feel better physically and mentally.