The Feldenkrais method had been examined,
for the first time in Israel, in an academic institution,
by Rinat Levin Chervin, under her mater’s degree thesis.
The research was carried out in of the Sackler School of
medicine, the department of Pharmacology and Physiology,
in cooperation with the Genetics department, Tel Aviv
research topic – “The effect of “Functional Integration”
(the Feldenkrais method) upon dial patterns of
physiological and mood function variables”.
question raised throughout this research was: what is the
effect of the Functional Integration (the individual
lesson) on the patterns and parameters of the circadian
rhythms of several physiological and psychological
variables in human beings, which were selected to examine.
research findings prove a significant influence of the
individual lesson (treatment) – “functional integration”,
on a number of selected physiological and psychological
variables. The findings prove that
exposure to the
experience of “Functional Integration” causes a marked and
significant decrease in blood pressure and a significant
rise in the heart rate, in all the examinees.
Rinat Levin Chervin assumes that the process will have a
more substantial influence on elderly people suffering
from high blood pressure, and could reduce or obviate
treatment by medication. The phrase: “A sound mind in a
sound body” (“Mens sana in corpore sano”) also got a
positive enhancement from the research. It emerged that
the Fledenkrais lessons also affected human psychological
aspects as well.
lessons caused a significant decrease in the level of
negative psychological parameters such as worry, anxiety
and sadness, and a significant increase in the positive
psychological parameters like happiness, and general good
general, it is possible to say that the method has a
positive influence on a human being’s psychological state.
The student’s body organization becomes more efficient,
the posture and body image improve, the general feeling
is better and he/she are less anxious and sad, compared
with the beginning of the lesson. In light of the findings
presented above, it is certainly possible to consider
Feldenkrais lessons as a factor that positively affects a
person’s way and quality of life. The excellence of the
method lies in the simplicity, easiness and naturalness in
the performance of the motion sequences, while increasing
the person’s awareness to the way he/she moves.
and Nestor had taken part in bringing and presenting the
method to medical staff in the Barzilay hospital, Ashkelon
(neurological department) and in the rehabilitation
department of Tel-Hashomer hospital. They also presented
the method to students in the Wingate institute, Tel Aviv
university, Wolfson hospital school of nursing in Holon,
and students of communication disorders. These days, many
conventional medicine experts, among whom, some well known
orthopaedists and Neurologists, appreciate the Feldenkrais
method and recognize it as a unique and efficient method
in the area of senso-motoric rehabilitation.
Feldenkrais method is a unique way to improve our ability.
It re-educates our nervous system and utilized the amazing
capability of the brain- its Plasticity(Flexibility).
might experience efficiency in your work and life in a
Brains-The mutable brain (M. Merzenich) – Scientific
In the September 2003 issue of today’s
world leading scientific magazine, “Scientific American”,
a special section, titled “Better
was dedicated to Neuroscience.
number of innovative researches concerning the brain’s
plasticity, are mentioned there.
brain was constructed to change” says researcher Michael
Merzenich, from the University of California, San
Francisco medical center. The studies confirm that
physical and mental activities might protect mankind from
various diseases and disorders.
activities might protect from neurological diseases such
as Alzheimer, Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis and mental
disorders such as: learning and reading disorders, brain
stroke, and repetitive stress injuries – RSI (mostly
caused from long time spent working in front of a computer
screen, or from writing which entails repeating the same
movement patterns every day and every hour, usually
without rest). This kind of activity causes one’s posture,
working capability, vivacity and ability to function
efficiently, to become more vulnerable.
Feldenkrais is a winning combination of physical and
mental simultaneous activity. You might achieve your
results through developing your awareness to your body,
and to the way you move, without activating any
resistance. During the lesson, you might find the
efficient ways of functioning, in order to wisely handle
your life circumstances, at work, while being with your
family or friends, and when you are on your own.
Furthermore, in an article called “The
it is marked that, unlike what was believed for many
years, scientists today are willing to admit that the
brain is a unit which can be influenced through man’s own
behavior (what he thinks, how he feels and how he moves).
All those certainly affect the man’s brain.
The scientists declare, that there is
evidence that through physical and mental activity, one
region can step in and take over the function of another
area of the brain. An area whose functioning, for some
reason or another, was damaged.
Another testimony to the
amazing brain’s plasticity.
Feldenkrais method, these principles have always been
used, for over 50 years.
excited to receive more and more reinforcements and
assurances from the frontline of scientific research.
Things which we put to practice in our lessons in the
Feldenkrais Method, do indeed fall into line with
contemporary super innovative research studies.
us feel joy and pleasure, to be able to contribute so much
The Feldenkrais method
Enables optimal conditions for learning and re-educating
of the nervous system. An integration is created between
the skeleton, the muscles and the nervous system. This is
a unique form of instantly processing information, while
simultaneously moving and sensing.
Two ways of learning
lesson - ATM- Awareness Through Movement: verbal
(read more in the articles)
Individual lesson - FI- Functional Integration: the
teacher leads the student’s movements with his own hands.
(read more in the
Whom is it meant for?
anyone who wants to live his life free of stress, tension
and pain. For you who want to live while enjoying a
comfortable way of sitting and standing. For you who want
to be pleased with your posture and the way you move in
your daily life like: working in front of the computer
screen, turning, sitting, driving, carrying, bending,
singing, dancing, playing an instrument, Golf or soccer.
you who want to enrich and widen their horizons, and be
exposed to a novel way of thinking based on the most
recent brain studies, made by today’s best researchers. An
approach which enables easy, pleasant, refreshing life,
full of self expression and self satisfaction.
includes simple and easy and effortless exercise. It has
power and charm, leading to an interesting way of
activating your mind and body.
The observed improvements
A widening of the limits of performance, improvements in
general feeling and in the physical and spiritual
functioning. A feeling of freshness, lightness and
calmness. Freedom from a previously chronic discomfort, or
annoying pain. Like being reborn, after each and every
The method is
recommended for a flexible, free of pain way of life
which enhance mood, and encourage overall long term
Include a lesson in your
at least in your weekly
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