Functional Integration is the individual hands-on sessions of the Feldenkrais Method (there are also classes). The client is fully clothed and usually lies on a low table, though sitting, standing and other options are frequently used. The practitioner uses gentle touch and movement to assist clients in becoming aware of tension and posturing. It is through this awareness that new and more efficient ways of moving are discovered. The result is a heighten sense of self, improved alignment, and an increased sense of ease and efficiency. FI is the crux of helping someone out of habituated patterns that have developed over time from injuries, poor posture, anxiety and more. It is the central approach I use with all of my clients that are looking for profound change and permanent relief.
The terms Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, Functional Integration, Awareness Through Movement, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner are trade marked.
First we’ll assess the mechanics of how your body is moving with a posture picture assessment and then will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that includes exercise to improve your posture. The StrongPosture® exercise protocols we are certified to teach systematically strengthens posture by working on all three elements of posture: Balance, Alignment and Motion. We will focus on one element at a time to build awareness and increase your ability to control that element, building a virtuous spiral of postural strength.
Improving posture has been shown to relieve pain and joint stress, while also improving balance, energy levels, functional movement, and flexibility, ability to breathe deeply, appearance, confidence and athletic performance.
Subtle changes in posture spreads to all your daily habits, which is why the StrongPosture® exercise protocols we teach have helped thousands to look, feel and perform at their best while minimizing postural and joint stress.
Neuromuscular Therapy & Myofascial Release
These are soft-tissue techniques used to deactivate trigger points and release adhesions, both of which case strain within the soft tissue resulting in pain and fatigue. These are the front line techniques used to rehab sports injuries as well as other injuries such as whiplash, back problems, and over-use strains - tendonitis, TMJ dysfunction, carpel tunnel syndrome, etc. Once the tissue is restored to a healthier condition, then Functional Integration is used to help develop healthy movement patterns and use-of-self, thereby preventing similar injuries in the future.