FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Feldenkrais Method?
The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education. Because it's somatic
education, it involves learning. The learning happens by your attention
being directed to various parts of your self as well as to how you
interact with the space around you and the ground beneath you. You also learn,
on a subconscious level, to detect differences. This learning results in being able
to give up habitual neuromuscular patterns that may be causing or contributing
You learn ways to:
How is Feldenkrais different from: Massage?
How are Feldenkrais practitioners trained?
Where can I read more?
Do you have any products for sale?
Do you take insurance?
Do you offer programs in the workplace?
What do I wear? Do I need special equipment?
The Method is not a medical treatment. It's not something that is done to
you. Instead, it uses
decades of research in physics, biomechanics, learning theory, and human
development to give you the means to help yourself.
- Improve your posture, flexibility, and coordination
- Relieve pain, tension, and stress
- Overcome orthopedic and neurological problems
- Enhance sports performance and prevent injury
- Overcome falling and balance disorders
The Method is taught in either one-on-one sessions or in group classes and
workshops. You can click on the Try It tab at the top of this screen to
get a brief audio introduction to the method.
Massage involves soft tissue manipulation. Massage therapists work with
d soft tissue. This is a structural approach that seeks
to affect change through changes in the structure of the muscles.
The Feldenkrais Method works with your nervous system to help you
safely regulate and coordinate your movement. Rather than attempting to
change or correct you structurally, the method improves your ability to
function regardless of pre-existing problems.
Unlike yoga, the Method does not require you to be flexible nor does it
involve stretching or holding any positions. It also does not involve any
practice to perfect positions. Instead of repeating and holding set poses
as in yoga, you explore gentle and innovative movements, while learning to
increase your awareness of habits that may be causing you movement difficulties
or pain. However many Yoga devotees have explored the Feldenkrais Method as
a way to achieve postures that previously alluded them or that caused
Unlike Tai Chi and most martial art disciplines, the Method does not
require any practice or intensive training to receive its benefits.
There are no repetitive movements, and no physical conditioning is
Chiropractors work with your spine, through various adjustments and
manipulations. This is a structural approach that seeks to affect change
through changes in the structure of the spine. The Feldenkrais Method works
with your nervous system to help you safely regulate and coordinate your
movement. Rather than attempting to change or correct you structurally,
the method improves your ability to function regardless of pre-existing problems.
After successfully completing 160 days of training spread over over a three
to four years period, Feldenkrais Practitioners are certified by the
Feldenkrais Guild of North America. They maintain that certification
by participating in continuing education.
Click on the articles and research tab on the top of the screen.
Yes. Dianne Fecteau's Sure Steps to Better Balance® is
a two-CD set designed to help people who fear falling or have fallen. It
uses a series of gentle, effective activities to help people improve their
stability when walking and standing. Click on the Balance CD tab on the top
of this screen.
Feldenkrais is an educational method, not a medical treatment. In some
cases however your insurance or medical flexible spending account may
cover your visits. Check with your insurance provider.
Yes. The Feldenkrais Center of Florida offers some standard workshops
and will work with an employer to design custom workshops. For example,
Comfortable Computing® is an on-the-job workshop that is
designed for those employees tethered daily to computer workstations.
Employees working at computers for long hours often experience eye strain,
headaches, and pain or stiffness in their back, shoulders, neck, arms or
hands. Comfortable Computing helps to alleviate or avoid these problems by
teaching people to use their bodies more efficiently when interacting with
Employees learn ways to:
The Comfortable Computing workshop can be delivered in a variety of
formats--half-day, full-day, or extended over a period of several weeks.
- Work at the computer in an alert, relaxed, tension-free manner
- Reduce stress during the workday
- Prevent and relieve eye strain and headaches
- Avoid injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, "frozen" shoulders, and lower back distress
- Maintain flexibility after long hours at
We will also work with organizations to design wellness and on-the-job
injury prevention programs that help employers create a safe, productive,
and healthy workforce. Using the Feldenkrais Method to teach employees to
improve how they move on the job means increased productivity. It also benefits
employees in all areas of their lives.
You wear comfortable street clothes. You always remain fully dressed in both private and group sessions. You need no
equipment but sometimes people bring their own mats to classes.