Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) consists of verbally directed movement sequences presented primarily to groups. In ATM lessons, people engage in precisely structured movement exploration that involve, thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Many are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities. Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. (www.feldenkrais.com)
One of many things the Feldenkrais Method emphasizes is to improve awareness by helping people become aware of their habits as well as new ways of moving, sensing, feeling, and thinking while you're engaged in various movements, thus the name Awareness Through Movement. I will share one of my favorite quotes from my Feldenkrais trainer:
"Habits are bricks. Repetition is the cement between the bricks. The more repetition of habit, the more solid the wall. If you keep repeating the habit, it becomes solidified causing pain, rigidity, depression, etc. Awareness creates doors and windows in which you can move over, under or thru that blockage."
Awareness Through Movement lessons are designed to create those doors and windows and guide you discover and open them. When you those doors and windows, whole new possibilities start emerging. You will discover a lot more than more efficient movements, more comfort, reduced pain. Words are just words, and can't give you such kinesthetic experience. The only way to truly understand the effects of this work is to actually experience it. I encourage you to check out local Awareness Through Movement classes. Please also check out my classes in Everett, WA.