THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons are an internationally recognized and evidence-based form of mindful meditation through the fascinating and potent portal of how we feel and sense our own physical movement.
About 45 to 60 minutes long, the majority of lessons are on the floor where students lie comfortably with their eyes closed. Watching carefully to make sure my instructions are clear, I verbally suggest easy and yet sophisticated movement sequences based on biomechanics and human development while asking questions. Do you feel this? Do you notice that? Never moving into pain or effort, students explore the lesson at their own pace, while quietly considering my movement suggestions.
Feldenkrais is a contemplative practice, much like meditation, mindfulness, Aikido, Qi Gong, T'ai Chi, Yoga, journaling, volunteering, protesting, singing and creative artistic work are all contemplative practices.
Quite the opposite of exercise, where repetitions, muscle-building, stretching and no-pain-no-gain is important, a Feldenkrais practice is about learning how to refine our ability to move and live with ever-more comfort and ease.
Our most important human capacity is awareness, and the way we move is very close to our unconscious state. A clearer awareness of our unique, limiting habits in functional movement - breathing, standing, walking, turning, etc. quickly illuminates more general limiting habits of thinking, feeling and sensing. This bringing-to-light of unconscious patterns that may be causing physical or emotional pain provokes clarity and an embodied confidence in our innate abilities and capacity for choice.
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(ALL TIMES ARE EST)
Classes are $120 for a series of 6
Private 1 hour lesson $100
Please wear clothes that you can move in!
Contact me for more information at 203.247.1986
After only a few weeks of working with Wendy, I began to notice real, dramatic changes in how my body felt and how I was moving through the world. I do various movement practices like yoga and Tai Chi, and bringing the Feldenkrais Method to those, I found myself leaping ahead and improving more than I had in months previously.
But also, day-to-day, I simply feel better in my body. The way Feldenkrais allows you to really notice how your body works, rather than forcing you into a one-size-fits-all approach is a very new, empowering and liberating way to learn. I was joking to my girlfriend the other day that I actually remember quite clearly the last time my hips and lower back felt so consistently good - I was about 12 years-old! I would absolutely recommend working with Wendy to anyone and everyone. It will be a massive gift you can give yourself.
Wendy was born in Zimbabwe and met her American husband while he was on a motorcycle trip through Africa. They lived in Hong Kong and have three beautiful, grown children. She published a memoir about growing up in Africa, loves painting, cooking and gardening. Feldenkrais is the culmination of a lifelong interest in contemplative practices.
"What I am after isn't flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I am after is restoring human dignity."