Frequently Asked Questions
We budget 1½ hours for your first session, and one hour per appointment thereafter. The actual table session lasts about 45 minutes.
Every session starts with a few minutes of conversation to find out how you’re doing, and a quick assessment of your progress.
FI is usually performed while you lie or sit on the Feldenkrais table. We may also work with you in a chair or on the floor. This type of lesson emphasizes gentle, tactile guidance, with minimum conversation.
Wear clothing that (1) is comfortable, (2) preserves your modesty, (3) keeps you warm enough, and (4) allows you freedom to move. Warm-ups, sweats, tights, etc. are best. Skirts, dresses, tight clothing, tucked-in shirts, long sleeve shirts with buttons, and jewelry are discouraged. You are welcome to bring a change of clothes to the clinic. We also have a small supply of scrubs in various sizes available on a first-come-first-served basis.
If possible, you should refrain from carrying a large/heavy pocketbook. Posture almost always improves during a session, and donning a lopsided weight can immediately erase that improvement.
We request that you not wear any form of perfume or scented cosmetics to the clinic. These odors can potentially trigger allergic reactions for other clients. We truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Remember how when you were in school, each subject required several classes per week? That’s because absorbing new information and developing new skills requires repetition and reinforcement in a variety of contexts.
Advanced Movement Training is learning-based. As a rule of thumb, you should plan on two or three sessions per week for at least three weeks. In cases of extreme neurological difficulties (e.g. stroke), having a lesson every day may work best.
The actual duration of your program and frequency of sessions will depend on your individual learning style and speed.
Many of our clients feel better after the very first session, and almost everyone begins to improve by the third. However, different problems have unique requirements. Generally speaking, most people tend to meet their initial goals within 7 – 14 sessions.
Ideally, you should not exercise heavily before a session because the physiological effects of your workout can last for many hours. Sessions tend to be relaxing. You’ll get maximum benefit from your Feldenkrais lessons if you schedule them for rest days.
We strongly recommend against combining your appointment with any other healing modalities on the same day. Your nervous system takes in a lot of novel information during a session, and with too much stimulation, it’s possible to overload yourself and even eradicate new learning.
If possible, schedule at least an hour to rest after an FI.
We do all we can to make our services affordable. For pricing information and payment options, please contact us by telephone at (770) 668-3636.
- All major credit cards
- Most health savings account (HSA / FSA) cards
No. Feldenkrais is not physical therapy. Many people who aren’t sick or injured use it for enhanced athletic performance, relaxation, better balance and posture, fuller breathing, injury prevention, and other quality-of-life improvements.
If we feel you have a condition which requires medical attention, we may elect to not work with you until you have consulted a doctor. If you do not already have a doctor, we will attempt to find you an appropriate physician for your needs.
First of all, Feldenkrais isn’t bodywork. In general, healthcare therapies like chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, and most medical treatments aim at repairing you by altering your structure and physiology. The basic idea is to return you to a textbook normal.
By contrast, Feldenkrais, concerns itself with developing your kinesthetic sensibilities, so that you learn experientially, on your own terms, how to move easily and comfortably. There is no prescribed goal. In this manner, you can improve your performance and comfort in all your activities.
We work with you, not on you.
We guide you into feeling what’s involved in your own unique movement patterns, what parts of those patterns work well and not so well, and how you could function better and feel better. Whatever improvements you make emerge from your new awareness and learning. So once you sense how to improve, you spontaneously do so. And just like when you learned to ride a bike, the results last.