Feldenkrais as a profession

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© International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden

"What I'm after is to restore people to their human dignity"

The Feldenkrais Method can be seen as a tool for facilitating growth, realising individual potential, optimizing learning capability and enhancing performance in many fields. It's unique approach can be applied to rehabilitation, physical therapy, helping people with neurological difficulties such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or stroke recovery, for honing skills in professional and recreational sports, for performers of all kinds, creativity in the arts and business, childhood development, learning-skills, communication and more.

Thus Feldenkrais teachers can use their understanding and ability to find viable options for “the problem at hand” to help a wide range of people. The eye we develop for slight but significant neuromuscular habits - expressed in the details of how someone moves - allows us to work with people in such a way that they begin to discover more choice and refinement in their inner coordination of movement... and a more precise enactment of their intention. This holds true as much for learning or re-learning how to bring a spoon towards the mouth as for perfecting a skating spin or holding a successful conversation.

Working as a Feldenkrais practitioner is incredibly rewarding, because you are undoubtedly interacting directly with other human beings in a setting that is characterised by respect, curiosity, collaboration and personal growth. Feldenkrais himself displayed a deeply rooted respect for human intelligence and learning capacity.

As a Feldenkrais professional you will learn how to “tell a story” through movement, touch and interaction in such a way that your future students will discover new realms of possibility within themselves.

"My purpose is to allow people to move closer to actually being creatures of free choice, to genuinely reflect individual creativity and emotion, freeing the body of habitual tensions and wired-in patterns of behaviour so that they may respond without inhibition to do what the person wants..."

Moshe Feldenkrais