Awareness Through Movement
for all fitness levels
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement [ATM] and Functional Integration [FI] lessons are accessible for people at all fitness levels and experience. Each lesson is different.
In Awareness Through Movement [ATM] classes each person progresses at their own pace, in their own way, well within their own capabilities, in response to verbal instructions. This simple process of making discoveries in movement for ourselves is open to anyone interested in learning and promoting improved performance in whatever life calls for.
In ATM classes the rate of improvement increases as we do less! And become aware of more! This is something that has to be experienced. Most people describe ATM as a simple, pleasant and calming learning experience.
Feldenkrais Functional Integration [FI] is founded on the same principles. An FI session is an individual lesson which will include gentle hands-on passive movements.
Whether you choose ATM or FI, the movements will generally be slow and gentle with repetitions and variations to build elegant, confident and efficient actions. Nothing is forced. Many problems - and accompanying pain - are caused by habits. Re-organising the nervous system consciously through supported explorations of small differences leads to opportunities for changes that continue spontaneously into everyday life.
Moshe Feldenkrais, the originator of ATM, wrote many books, including 'Awareness Through Movement'. A summary of the method can also be found in Chapter 5 of 'The Brain's Way of Healing' by Norman Doidge.