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The Feldenkrais Guild® of North America Annual Conference

The Feldenkrais Method® is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development.  The Annual Conference has occurred every year since 1978 and brings together experts in the fields of physical therapy, movement science, the arts, sports, senior wellness, transpersonal psychology and childhood movement development.  The conference is a collaborative effort of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America and The Feldenkrais® Educational Foundation of North America.  For more information go to

This year, a workshop, lecture and Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®) classes take place on August 28, 29 and 30, and will be open to the public in an ongoing effort to extend the educational and wellness benefits of the Feldenkrais Method to a larger audience.  Registration is available at

On Saturday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m., the lecture presentation and movement exploration entitled Feldenkrais and The Brain will be led by Roger Russell, former Moshe Feldenkrais student, physical therapist, movement scientist, author and leading Feldenkrais trainer since 1997.  This interactive lecture will demonstrate how Feldenkrais lessons affect neural pathways and lead to a deeper understanding of the connection between body, brain and the world in which we live. 

“I am very excited that the lecture and movement experiment I am conducting is open for the public to experience,” said Russell.  “It will give me the opportunity to educate and extend the benefits of Feldenkrais to a new audience who perhaps has not yet uncovered the health benefits of mindfully connecting their brain with their actions.  There are a lot of people in pain out there and the lessons learned with Feldenkrais have the ability to release people from harmful patterns and set them on a course to an easier and more graceful way of moving.”

The Senses in Action workshop taking place on Sunday, August 31 at 9:00 a.m. will be presented by the Dwelle Brain Ensemble and taught by Ned Dwelle, a former student of Feldenkrais Method founder Moshe Feldenkrais, and a leading Feldenkrais trainer in Europe since 1997.  The workshop will explore how data from the senses informs not only how the brain perceives the world but also how the body moves through it.  Attendees will participate in exercises that will allow them to more fully experience the connection between their senses and their actions, improving communication between individuals and the world around them. 

Taking place at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, The 2014 Feldenkrais Method® Conference includes workshops, lectures, mentoring events hosted by several of the profession’s most outstanding and well-respected practitioners and a keynote panel discussion facilitated by Donna Blank, a Washington-based Feldenkrais trainer. 

The Feldenkrais Guild was established by Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., in 1977, to be the professional organization of practitioners and teachers of the Feldenkrais Method. In 1997 we changed our name to the Feldenkrais Guild of North America (FGNA). Only people personally trained by Dr. Feldenkrais, or graduates of Guild Accredited Training Programs are eligible to be certified, to become members of FGNA, and to use its service marked terms.

The Feldenkrais Method is expressed in two parallel forms: Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®.

Awareness Through Movement consists of verbally directed movement sequences presented primarily to groups. There are several hundred hours of Awareness Through Movement lessons. A lesson generally lasts from thirty to sixty minutes. Each lesson is usually organized around a particular function.

In Awareness Through Movement lessons, people engage in precisely structured movement explorations 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. There are hundreds of Awareness Through Movement lessons contained in the Feldenkrais Method that vary, for all levels of movement ability, from simple in structure and physical demand to more difficult lessons.

 Awareness Through Movement lessons attempt to make you aware of your habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and to expand options for new ways of moving while increasing sensitivity and improving efficiency.

A major goal of Awareness Through Movement is to learn how your most basic functions are organized. By experiencing the details of how you perform any action, you have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • attend to your whole self
  • eliminate unnecessary energy expenditure
  • mobilize your intentions into actions
  • learn.

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