FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION® lessons are individualized sessions based on a person's request, desire, need or intention for doing something better. Like for an Awareness Through Movement lesson, clothing that allows unrestricted movement should be worn. Unlike an Awareness Through Movement lesson, Functional Integration is primarily hands-on using tactile and kinesthetic communication. The Feldenkrais practitioner uses non-invasive gentle touch to help the person explore habitual patterns of organization and movement in relation to the request or intention. The gentle touch help one learn easier and more functional ways of moving. Functional Integration lessons often take place lying on a Feldenkrais table, but other options are sitting in a chair, standing, and lying on the floor.
If the answer is yes to any one of these questions, then private, individualized, Functional Integration lessons could help you fulfill your desire, wish, or yearning.
The key ideas of Functional Integration are like those for Awareness Through Movement. They are:
In a Functional Integration lesson I will use gentle touch to help you
sense and notice your movement habits – your routine and automatic ways of action. Using the same quality of respectful touch, we also embark on a journey of exploring alternatives, choices that offer more functional ways of moving in relation to what you express as your desire or intention for the lesson.
Our work together begins with noticing physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts. Paying attention to four aspects of human existence – moving, sensing, feeling, and thinking – in a respectful way creates a safe setting for learning to take place. Together we take a journey into transformation by first illuminating which parts of you move well and where movement stops. In this way you develop awareness of your routine and automatic patterns. As our work together continues, with the awareness and insights gained, we shift into exploring movement alternatives. These alternatives give you choices for future movement. Whilst we work together I will encourage you to invite curiousity, playfulness, and enjoyment as your traveling companions in your learning journey, because they can help you to be open to making different choices in movement.
It is truly a blessing that we met and now your patient, simple, elegant, rooted, approach makes sense at the cellular level. If I had infinite time to just play and explore I'd improve faster, easier. Danie [who observed the session] really, really appreciated your approach. She has been around Feldenkrais and found the simplicity so refreshing. Marcy (transportation innovator)
I was enthusiastically recommending you to a friend who's thinking about coming to your class, telling her how knowledgeable you are, how much I valued your work, and our work together, how our private sessions set me on a whole new path of healing. Your showing me that my body could learn -- and re-learn -- encouraged me continue. I'm still growing, changing and learning -- and ever so grateful to you for helping me along the way. Diana (writer and dancer)
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