an example of what a lesson can look like
Functional Integration® is how we work one-on-one with clients.
Functional Integration is a hands-on form of tactile, kinesthetic communication. The practitioner communicates to the client how he/she organizes his/her body and hints, through gentle touching and movement, how to move in more expanded functional motor patterns.
This is a lesson using rollers to access the hip joints and lower back.
The Functional Integration® lesson should relate to the needs of the student. The learning process is carried out without the use of any invasive or forceful procedure. Through rapport and respect for the student’s abilities, qualities, and integrity, the practitioner/teacher creates an environment in which the student can learn comfortably.
Functional Integration is usually performed with the student lying on a table designed specifically for the work. It can also be done with the student in sitting or standing positions. At times, various props are used in an effort to support the person’s body configuration or to facilitate certain movements.
In Functional Integration, the practitioner/teacher develops a lesson for the student, custom-tailored to the unique needs of that particular person, at that particular moment. The practitioner conveys the experience of comfort, pleasure, and ease of movement while the student learns how to reorganize his/her body and behavior in new and more effective manners.
The following are service marks or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America: Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais® Method, Functional Integration®, Awareness Through Movement®, ATM™, FI™, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher™, and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner™.