Cathy Paine, M.A., GCFT
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®
About The Feldenkrais Method®
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, an Israeli engineer, scientist, and black belt in judo, who spent over 40 years researching the field of mind/body/environment integration. Using movement as a tool, he developed a learning process and hundreds of different lessons designed to improve our awareness and self-image.
His method has been taught to all over the world to people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities, including teachers, musicians, artists, scientists, athletes and physical therapists.
The Feldenkrais Method improves posture, coordination,flexibility and suppleness. Moreover, it alleviates pain by minimizing the physical and emotional stresses resulting from injury, illness, or surgery. Patterns of inefficiency and habits of self-restriction are identified and released, thus encouraging the body's natural resilience to take over.
Feldenkrais® can be experienced in two forms:
The teacher leads you through gentle movement sequences, directing your attention to help you identify your habits and your potential for improvement. You will learn to move with less pain and effort; and changes will actually occur in the brain patterns which organize your movement. You will learn to translate intention into action, and get rid of unnecessary or interfering habits.
Lessons last about one hour. Most people take one class weekly, although you will improve more rapidly if you take two classes. The goal of these lessons is not necessarily relaxation, but rather to achieve healthy, powerful, easy, and pleasurable action.
This is Feldenkrais tailored to fit your specific needs. The practitioner uses gentle, non-invasive touch or vocal instructions to help you experience effortless, comfortable movement, as you learn to move in new and more effective ways.
Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®
are registered service marks of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America.
As we mature and age, we develop physical and mental habits that can become deeply ingrained. Some of these habits can be useful – but many are not. The Feldenkrais Method is designed to help you discover, explore, and change those habits which are not serving you well.
Whether you are recovering from illness, accident, or surgery; want to expand your athletic or creative skills; or simply wish to be more comfortable in your own body; the Feldenkrais Method can help you achieve your goals.