The Feldenkrais Method has allowed me to play pain free golf, without worrying about injury.
Duffy Waldorf, PGA Tour Golfer

Why Feldenkrais?

1.  Your brain gets better, too.

Research is showing how your brain changes as it learns.  Scientists call it “neuroplasticity” — the brain’s extraordinary ability to acquire more efficient patterns of movement and function if given the right environment. Nothing creates that environment like The Feldenkrais Method. Feldenkrais generates the precise conditions that access the intelligence of your nervous system, so you can learn and function at your best.

  1. Eliminate aches, pains and discomfort: Discover the safe and easy way to feel better.  Renew and restore your body any time you want without stretching or boring workouts.
  2. Move Smarter: Recover from injuries faster and keep old injuries from recurring.  Understand how the whole body participates in the process of recovery and prevention.
  3. Gain Effortless Posture:Learn to move easily in gravity and be upright with minimum effort and maximum skeletal support.
  4. Sleep Sounder, Deeper:  Better relaxation means better repair.  Teach your body to rest well, and it will serve you your whole life.
  5. Improve the Basics: Sit, stand and walk with dynamic balance and poise that moves with you.
  6. Achieve Higher Performance:  Incorporate the neurological advantages and sensory skills used by top musicians, dancers, actors and athletes.
  7. Feldenkrais is easy: The lessons use simple, everyday words, the touch is gentle and communicative, and you’re encouraged to attend to your comfort and reduce unnecessary effort.  The old saying “no pain, no gain” creates noise for the nervous system and strain for your body.  It should be retired from your vocabulary, and we can show you how.
  8. Feldenkrais is effective: Feldenkrais has developed a reputation for helping people where nothing else could.  But you don’t need to be injured or frustrated to benefit.  We also work with musicians, dancers and athletes who want to improve their performance. The method’s effectiveness comes from its sound application of principles of physics and physiology, learning theory, psychology and brain science. To hear what people are saying, read our acclaim page.
  9. Feldenkrais is safe: People with pain or other physical conditions and elder citizens often shy away from many forms of treatment or exercise, where they don’t know what to expect or what will be expected of them.  With Feldenkrais, movements are performed slowly with plenty of time for rests in between, and you’re encouraged to avoid mechanical, mindless repetition—the precursor to many an injury. One of the fundamental skills the method teaches you is how to monitor and control your movements to keep things within a safe, easy range—the range where the curiosity, learning and improvement can emerge. 
  10. Feldenkrais works fast: While everyone learns at a different rate, with Feldenkrais you won’t have to wait weeks or months to feel changes.  Many people notice significant improvements during their first class or individual lesson.
  11. Feldenkrais makes you smarter:  Many of the habitual movement choices we make (how we sit, stand, walk, turn, bend) seem automatic—just part of “who we are”.  In fact, many of these habits grew in our early years, under less-than optimal conditions, and without the benefit of choice or further examination.  Studies on learning show that people learn better and faster when they’re guided towards the specific sensations to look for, rather than merely given instructions on “how to move”.  The Feldenkrais Method will teach you how to investigate, recognize and discriminate the sensations of unnecessary effort. You’ll make better choices and improve your physical intelligence.  You’ll move smarter!
  12. Feldenkrais is flexible: There are hundreds of different Feldenkrais lessons and strategies, and every one of them can be modified and adapted to best suit your comfort and ability.  Whether in FI or ATM, your brain learns best when you work within the range of movement that is easy for you. Here your brain is more available to make the sensory distinctions that lead to improvement and health.  In fact, your comfort and your ability to attend to it is one of the most important ingredients in learning and improvement.
  13. Feldenkrais helps you understand your movement:  People appreciate that pain can limit movement.  But many fail to understand that how you move can actually create pain where there was none.  Because our culture often discourages our learning and skill development past a certain point, many people develop a distorted image of their own health and function until injury and aggravation are the norm.  With Feldenkrais you can relearn and clarify many of the fundamental patterns of action we rely on every day. And you’ll learn what it means to embody concepts like balance, flexibility, strength and poise. 
  14. Feldenkrais is fun: One of the top complaints from people who hate to exercise is: “it’s boring”.  The Feldenkrais Method exploits the fact that your nervous system is attracted to novel sensations.  Dr. Feldenkrais designed Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration to use non-habitual movement patterns containing subtlety, variation and mindfulness to restore vitality and function. Feldenkrais connects your movement and attention with health and improvement.

Health, Performance, Growth

You don’t have to do
what you’ve always done.

The Feldenkrais Institute helps people from all over the world with a range of health conditions, fitness plans, and professional and personal goals.  These include people with both short term needs for pain relief, rehabilitation and recovery, and long term goals of health, vitality and flexibility.  Our clients come with specific needs that fall into three broad categories: health, performance and growth.  Whether you are a professional violinist with neck pain, a weekend runner who wants to understand the connection between the ankle and hip, or an elder citizen seeking better balance, the Feldenkrais Institute provides you the understanding, tools and strategies that enhance both your body and your brain for better results. 

Health

Movement, coordination and vitality are the foundations of a pleasurable, productive life.  But when pain or difficulty enter the picture they can complicate both your health and self image. Pain can trigger a number of complex reactions and responses:  muscle tightness, joint damage, loss of mobility and balance, even anxiety and depression. Most people understand that pain changes the way they move.  But the reverse is also true:  your habits of movement and sensation can create pain where it didn’t exist before.   The Feldenkrais Method is a simple, powerful practice that teaches you how to investigate, improve and take responsibility for the skill in your movement and action.  You’ll learn to restore harmony and cooperation to your muscles and joints not by stretching and straining, but by improving the essential patterns of movement that sustain all healthy action. 

One of the ways Feldenkrais works is by helping you reduce unnecessary muscular effort.  Often in movements and positions that are difficult, you are using far more muscular effort than necessary to organize your body: you tighten the neck as you lift your arm, you hold the breath while getting out of bed or clench your stomach muscles as you walk.  Over time this tightening and restriction can often become habitual and embedded in your every move.  Not only is this effort unnecessary, it exhausts muscles and frustrates your ability to accomplish everyday activities, making them more difficult to do and more likely to cause injury. 

With Feldenkrais in your routine, you’ll not only learn the cause of such difficulties, you’ll have effective solutions for eliminating pain and stiffness, and improving your flexibility, strength, balance and vitality.  You’ll learn how to take care of yourself in the present moment and how to continually improve and refine your movement and action for a long healthy life.

Performance

Performers are used to working hard, to pushing the body to serve art or sport. But too often, in their drive to achieve,they use willpower to replace actual skill.  The result can be persistent injury or pain, frustration and even a career cut short.  By helping you distinguish the act of learning from performing, Feldenkrais gives you an intelligent and safe way to heal and prevent injuries and improve performance all at the same time.  When we are learning, not only are our bodily movements different,  the way we attend to ourself changes:

  • a violinist sounds different practicing than performing
  • a runner moves differently working on her stride than during the race
  • an actor sounds different memorizing lines than on stage opening night

In “learning mode” our brain is far better at sensing and choosing the more effective and efficient ways of moving. In every discipline — from the performing arts to athletics and fitness — this ability to exploit the brain’s “learning mode” is a master skill that makes an enormous difference.  It can heal injury and help you move smarter, increase flow and creativity in your practice, and extend the length and depth of your career.

Growth

Out of convenience, we often speak of emotions and feelings as separate from the body.  In fact our social and intellectual abilities grew intertwined with our physical skills: our body awareness, balance, the feelings of safety, curiosity, frustration, anxiety, and our patterns of movement and action.  As a practice, Feldenkrais offers you a reliable and pleasant way to relax and restore ease and vitality to your physical and emotional life.  By engaging you in a pleasant investigation of your habits of movement, Feldenkrais can bring profound and lasting results with even the smallest effort. As you learn to uncover the habits of attention and self use that supported your old patterns, newer and better options for thinking and feeling can emerge.  There is nothing you need to believe in — no philosophy required — to benefit from Feldenkrais.  All you need is a willingness to learn and an interest in your own health and development.

Feldenkrais Classes

Awareness Through Movement

We offer over a dozen classes every week with excellent teachers. No prior experience is necessary; your second class is free. If you are new to the Feldenkrais Method or are experiencing physical discomfort, we suggest that you start with our Basics Class. If you are already familiar with the Feldenkrais Method, jump in anywhere; come to any of our ten weekly Open Classes.

Click HERE for up-to-date details and teacher substitutions (if any) and to register in advance for any class.


**Community classes are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested fee of $10.00.

For your first class, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time.

We recommend loose, comfortable clothing.
Mats, pads are provided.

All classes are drop-in. Get your first two classes for the price of one!
Drop-in for $25
6 class card for $125
12 class card for $250

Members receive FREE unlimited classes and one FREE Functional Integration session every month

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Up Next at the Institute

Better Sitting
– Wednesday, March 1

Rejuvenate Your Posture
– Saturday, March 18

Dancing with the How
– Saturday, March 18

Pain Free & Happy Hips
– Tuesday, March 21

The Feldenrais Gym with Josh
– Tuesday, March 28


I believe Marek Wyszynski's extraordinary (and usually unspoken) fluency in anatomy and physiology facilitate his lucid teaching of self awareness, self-correction and efficiency of movement — the Feldenkrais technique.
- George Green, M.D., Professor of Clinical Surgery, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons



Individual Sessions

The most direct way to benefit from Feldenkrais is to work privately with one of our highly skilled practitioners. In Functional Integration lessons, the work is tailored specifically to your needs, the touch is gentle and communicative, and your comfort is respected.  Call 212-727-1014 for an appointment.



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I believe Marek Wyszynski's extraordinary (and usually unspoken) fluency in anatomy and physiology facilitate his lucid teaching of self awareness, self-correction and efficiency of movement — the Feldenkrais technique.
- George Green, M.D., Professor of Clinical Surgery, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons