Moshe Feldenkrais




I'm thrilled to inform you that the 2018 Feldenkrais Method® Conference will be held September 26-30, 2018 in Washington, DC.

If you're reading this, you are most likely already familiar with the Feldenkrais Method, or have heard the name, but would like to experience and learn even more.

By learning to access the brain's ability to change itself, the Feldenkrais Method helps people to improve physical and cognitive performance through movement. Listen to Norman Doidge (author of The Brain's Way of Healing) talking about neuroplasticity and Feldenkrais in this interview. You can also read a cool article in the NYT's Health Section on Feldenkrais.

This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the Method and its many applications right here in the nation's capital. No matter who you are, what you do, or what your age and physical condition, you will find many riches in the offerings in Washington, DC September 26-30.

Most importantly, 16 workshops are open to the public this year. We love our work and we want you to experience it firsthand! Attending this conference is a chance to familiarize yourself with the Feldenkrais Method as well as an investment in your own practice and growth. We promise you will find exciting and enriching workshops, opportunities to learn about a somatic education practice that is more popular than ever, and a warm and like-minded community where you will make new friends.

Workshops will cover a range of topics: The Feldenkrais Method for working with children, performing artists, for musicians, powerful posture, emotional transformation, solutions you can use to reduce pain, the art of standing, improved balance and effortless movement, for tango dancers, for golfers, tennis players and other sports. You will also have a choice of at least three Morning Awareness Through Movement classes each day before workshops begin. Set aside September 26-30 in Washington, DC and be prepared for a rich and life-enhancing experience.

Aside from powerful learning opportunities, you will also enjoy special events (Magician Jeff McBride is this year's Keynote speaker), and one of the most exciting and culturally rich destinations in the country. We have secured affordable housing and accommodation at the National 4H Youth Conference Center, so you can enjoy the conference in Washington without breaking your pocketbook.

Please go to our 2018 Conference Overview where you can access all the information you need (program, lodging, transportation, fees, etc.) Note which presenters' workshops you want to attend and which lodging option you want to select.

Do please forward this note to friends, other somatic practitioners, physical therapists, parents and professionals who work with children, as well as massage and other manual therapists.

I look forward to welcoming you to the conference in Washington, DC!

As ever, with love and care,


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10:00AM​ -​​ Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® ​
​7:00PM ​- ​Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®


12:15PM - Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®


12:15PM - Vitality! (Bones for Life®, A​wareness ​T​hrough ​M​ovement​®)


11:00AM - Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®

Location: 2814 38th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Cost: Series of 10 classes $200; Drop-in rate $25

The following are registered service marks, trademarks, collective marks or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America: Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement®, ATM®, Functional Integration®, FI®, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®, and The Feldenkrais Guild®.


ChrishThe Feldenkrais Method® offers you a huge array of ways to explore how to move better, improve posture, reduce pain, or just simply to feel better. You may discover ways in which you limit yourself or how increasing your self-awareness can change the way you think about yourself. Take a look at the schedule of upcoming workshops at the right, invite a friend, and come and spend a rich afternoon to learn more and feel better.



The Feldenkrais Method® might be the answer for you! Feldenkrais is a mental and physical improvement system based on discovering natural, easy, efficient and pleasurable ways of moving your mind and body. It is an advanced educational approach to well-being using your brain's amazing capacity to reorganize yourself. It is based on the premise that all human beings have the potential to learn to do everything they do in easier, less effortful and more satisfying ways than is their habit. The particular way a person is "organized" to sit, stand, walk, run or speak in public, etc., reflects that person's inner state, or their self-image. Human beings have a tendency to acquire subtle and sometimes damaging physical and mental habits of functioning which can become deeply ingrained. Some habits are useful – many are not. The Feldenkrais Method® can facilitate change by creating the awareness you need to alter those habits which don't serve you well.The Feldenkrais Method® was founded by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, (Bio) an Israeli engineer, nuclear physicist and black belt in judo, who spent over 40 years researching the field of mind/body/environment integration. Using movement as a tool, he developed a step-by-step process involving hundreds of different lessons designed to improve our awareness and self-image. His method has been taught to a wide variety of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, including teachers, musicians, artists, scientists, athletes and physical therapists.

Moshe FeldenkraisDr. Feldenkrais applied his extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics and engineering as well as his mastery of martial arts to restore his own functioning and that of countless others.

On its basic level, the Feldenkrais Method® improves posture, coordination, flexibility and suppleness. Moreover, it alleviates pain by minimizing physiological and psychological stress associated with restricted functions. Patterns of inefficiency, compromised self-expression, and forgotten ways of feeling can all be improved.

Feldenkrais can be experienced through:

GROUP CLASSES (Awareness Through Movement®): You are verbally guided through gentle movement sequences called Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons. In these group classes, gentle exploratory movement sequences are designed to give each person more understanding of themselves. You learn to move with less pain and effort, and in such a way that changes occur in the brain patterns which organize control of your body. You will learn how to translate intention into action with ease, while getting rid of unnecessary interfering habits.

Lessons last approximately one hour. Most people take one class per week, though you will improve more rapidly if you take two classes. There are hundreds of ATMs to choose from in the Feldenkrais Method. The aim of these lessons is not necessarily relaxation, but rather healthy, powerful, easy, and pleasurable action.

(Functional Integration®): This is "hands-on" Feldenkrais to meet your specific needs. The practitioner communicates, through gentle and non-invasive touch, the experience of comfort, pleasure and ease of movement, while the client learns how to reorganize their body and behavior in new and more effective ways. The practitioner's touch is instructive and informative, never corrective. Feldenkrais practitioners are trained to detect minute resistances in your movement patterns which often represent emotional, psychological as well as physical limitations. Using highly sensitive touch and gentle, exploratory movements, you will find freedom from compulsive, imprisoning patterns. It's often a huge relief! Functional Integration (FI) lessons are particularly suitable for people with specific problems such as back, neck, shoulder or other chronic pain, movement limitations or a need to improve any type of function.