Given that the method looks to assist people with an educational, rather than therapeutic approach, who can benefit and what type of improvements can be expected?
The short answer is that all people could gain some benefit from this approach. Because it does not "fix", you do not need to be broken to enjoy improvements gained from these lessons. Even very highly skilled experts in many disciplines have looked to improve the way they perform by engaging in Feldenkrais lessons. There is also great utility for helping people age well and for general well being.
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Looking at people who have specific challenges, the Feldenkrais Method has provided benefits to those challenged by many different issues. These include but are not limited to:
Muscular skeletal issues
Neurological damage from stroke or disease
Feldenkrais lessons engage a person in the type of learning process that all humans undergo as babies regardless of their challenges and limitations. The process of improvement is actually the same for all individuals, from the highly expert, to the specifically challenged. In all of us, this learning process is completed to differing degrees for different reasons and the starting point is of no matter. Using movement, we can "talk" to the nervous system in a language that it puts meaning to. Each person integrates the kinesthetic lessons for themselves , and improvements emerge in the emotional, cognitive and physical aspects of each student. The learning "feels" like part of you.
This broad description of beneficial outcomes is not designed to gloss over or embellish the results that can be obtained, but rather is respectful of the fact that learning is an individual process. People have individual histories and challenges as well as desires or goals. The same information in a lesson given to different people will, because of this be interpreted, used and felt differently and lead to different outcomes. It is not a linear or mechanical cause and effect process!
In the Feldenkrais Method, we have a way of, no matter the specific challenge faced, improving human capability at a very core level. It can provide improvements in central functional realms that lead to a more capable life that is more satisfying and enriched.
Individual lessons called " Functional Integration" are one on one lessons with a practitioner. Most lessons happen with the student sitting or lying on a low table. Students remain fully clothed at all times.
There is no minimum or maximum number of lessons recommended. Each lesson is individual and is used as an opportunity to convey something useful for the student. That being said, a practitioner does benefit from " getting to know " a student over a few lessons and discovers things that can lead to useful lessons in the future.
For children, the ability to be receptive is sometimes an issue. For this reason, the lessons are short, and actually from the 30 min lesson there may be only a few minutes of "reception". This is something that needs to be taken in stride as this is a process that cannot be forced.
The other factor experience has shown useful for children is that a block of lessons done close together gives the most likelihood of a change becoming noticeable.