Why take Feldenkrais Lessons?
Influenced by yoga and martial arts in the middle of the last century, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a series of lessons designed to improve life through movement. His approach was to encourage conscious attention to small movements. By engaging the brain and nervous system, people learn in a simple, pleasurable way. He summed up his method in the following way:
Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy, elegant.
Learn how to bring more ease into your daily movements: breathing, walking, turning, reaching. Join Susan for Awareness Through Movement® group classes and individual Functional Integration sessions on expanded breathing, safer pelvic movement, freeing your back and more.
Awareness Through Movement® Classes
All group classes are based on 45 minutes lessons, focusing on easy movements, done gently with awareness and many rests, to reeducate the brain, nervous system and muscles.
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"The exercises are so simple and ingenious they lead on to others which one can invent in the same style."
- Online group classes using a Zoom meeting link (provided upon reservation and payment).
- Tuesdays at 5:45PM and Fridays at 10:30AM.
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Functional Integration® Sessions
- Feldenkrais Center of Portland
- By appointment only. Call or text Susan at 503.313.9813.
- Usually, I give Functional Integration® lessons to individuals, on a low treatment table using gentle, subtle, slow touch. During the current time of taking precautions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Funtional Integration lessons will be given online without touch. Students will be guided through movements and rests to effect a customized change in movement patterns.
While the group classes are more comparable as a cross between yoga and exercise classes, the experience of customized individual sessions is more indescribable, but highly effective.
Often after a Functional Integration lesson, students will be amazed that they feel so different or good. They will say “But you hardly moved me!” This is because a change in your nervous system is more effective when the change is small. This is the opposite of “no pain, no gain.” Introducing a small change into the body’s nervous system has greater longevity.
See the “What is Feldenkrais?” article for more information.