Feldenkrais Group Classes

What happens in a Feldenkrais Group Class?

Classes take the form of a series of verbally led movement experiments in a variety of positions, most often lying on a mat but also in other positions such as seated or standing. They are called Awareness Through Movement classes or ATM.

There isn’t one set “best” way to perform the movements you’ll be asked to make — these experiments are designed to enable you to find your best way to move so there is rarely any demonstration of movements being described. We all have different histories, challenges and abilities and it is from our present situation that we work. Strain and pain do not create a good environment for learning so in the Feldenkrais method we are always looking for each individual to work within a range that is comfortable for them. This makes the method widely accessible.

What should I bring to class?

A mat to lie on, something like a yoga mat is fine. Most classes will involve some lying on the floor.

It’s a good idea to bring some support for your head if you might need it. A large towel that can be folded or rolled works well and the thickness can be adjusted as required. An overly soft pillow or cushion can hinder your movement.

A Feldenkrais class is not a vigorous aerobic type of class. If you find you get cold easily you may wish to bring a blanket.

What should I wear to class?

Comfortable loose clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement and allows you to lie at ease on your mat.

Layers that you can add or remove if you get too cold or warm.

It is best to do classes in socks or barefoot.