Classes & Workshops
ABOUT FELDENKRAIS® GROUP CLASSES:
Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) provides you with a repertoire of movement skills and distinctions to help you act more efficiently and effectively in your life’s activities.
By exploring, experimenting and refining the ways you use your body and the ground to find support and transition through space, you’ll develop greater control, better balance and a clearer self image. The principles you'll work with can be applied throughout your life: when you stand, sit, walk, in the gym, at the office, in all your life's activities and pursuits.
The classes and private sessions use gentle, specific sequences of movement and include time for clarification, rest, and refinement. They are an excellent way to address injury, discomfort and to clear the way for greater skill and growth.
Body of Knowledge
41 Union Square West, #409
New York, NY 10003
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Why People Come to Class
People come to Feldenkrais classes for a variety of reasons: chronic muscular or joint pain, balance issues, recurring injuries, or a desire for improved artistic or athletic performance. Over the years I've had people come to improve activities as common as running, walking, sitting and stair climbing, as well as piano playing, orchestral conducting, swimming, tennis and golf.
Your reasons do not need to match anyone else's.
Everyone wants a clearer understanding of themselves in action and to be able to function better and live more comfortably. There are just two things you need to begin:
- A simple recognition of your own dissatisfaction.
- A sincere desire to learn and improve.
What the Group Classes Offer You
For this kind of self-study Awareness Through Movement lessons offer you both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to move and sense yourself with more specific criteria than you have had before. The opportunity is to emerge improved from the experience, recognizing the gaps in your understanding and the means for filling them.
The weekly classes are designed to teach you not only the "what" of movement and coordination (i.e. the patterns and timing of the joints, the anatomical landmarks), but lead you to a much deeper and richer investigation into the all important "how": the biomechanical principles, learning processes and awareness skills necessary to discover and master them.
Once you are familiar with how Feldenkrais lessons work, you will realize something both comforting and revitalizing: The Feldenkrais Method sets a very high criteria for what constitutes "good" action and posture, and presents a practical interpretation of what is meant by "awareness". But it teaches you how to get there at your own speed: gradually, safely and securely. Removing the anxiety from the learning process is incredibly important if there are to be any lasting results. The rewards can be considerable. You are putting yourself on a path to clarity, self-reliance, even excellence if that's what you seek. As you learn to take responsibility for the pace and depth of your progress, you'll begin to figure out what it is you really want. This is not an easy task.
What I offer
In my over 20 years of experience, I've learned that, while temporary learning and change are easy to create with the Feldenkrais Method®, true growth is a hard-won reward for ongoing study and practice. To improve the health and function of your body in the long run, Feldenkrais is best embraced as a daily personal practice. With consistent practice, you can steadily grow into your own learning, and obtain vastly greater stability, strength and fluidity in your movement and activities as you mature. This is what interests me as a teacher.
My goal is to create a small, consistent group of students at these sessions, so that we may grow and and improve together in a deep and lasting way. Those of you who know me are familiar with my particular leanings and areas of interest. But I also encourage you to request lessons that address your particular needs.
Feldenkrais® Principles I Emphasize in My Teaching
- How to get clear, specific, skeletal support from the ground in every movement you make.
- How to distribute your effort evenly and efficiently throughout yourself, so that the muscles work proportionate to their size.
- How to direct forces longitudinally up and through your spine, and not across it, so you can lengthen and expand yourself in any transition or orientation.
- How to clarify your internal self image, and to understand what a truly functional "self image" actually means.
- How to understand awareness as the pre-existing ground from which your choices and actions arise, rather than trying to achieve "awareness" by moving in a certain way.
- How to refine our criteria for precise movement by linking certain aesthetic qualities (i.e. weightlessness, support, power, ease) with objective sensory information.
- How to use gentleness and specificity with ourselves as the conditions which make learning possible.
Read the guidelines for getting the most out of Awareness Through Movement.
I look forward to seeing you.
Sat & Sun
June 3-4, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 pm Each Day
Location: Studio Helix, 3rd Floor Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main Street, Northampton, MA
Tuition: $220 by May 20, then $260
Open to the public & Feldenkrais Teachers and trainees.
"Andrew is a rising star in the Feldenkrais world. He is deeply experienced, committed to learning and to the clear expression of his functional understanding." — Jeff Haller, Feldenkrais Trainer