The Feldenkrais Method Training Program Curriculum
The Feldenkrais Method Training Program of Baltimore explores the Feldenkrais Method in satisfying depth and detail. Participants will experience the therapeutic benefits of the Feldenkrais Method, while developing the knowledge, sensitivity and technical skills necessary to become effective Feldenkrais Practitioners.
The curriculum for the Feldenkrais Method Training Program of Baltimore is divided into four years:
The first year of the training program introduces students to all aspects of the Feldenkrais Method. Feldenkrais movement lessons, private Feldenkrais hands on lessons, lectures, demonstrations, theoretical discussions and hands-on practice will combine to give you a strong foundation for personal learning and technical understanding. You will be introduced to fundamental ideas from Learning Theory, Physics, Kinesiology, Motor Development, Anatomy and Neurophysiology, and explore them within in the context of guided learning activities. You will begin to develop your own sensory acuity, and the self-organization and observational skills required for becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner.
The second year will guide students through an in-depth study of the structure and function of Feldenkrais movement lessons (ATMs), and Feldenkrais hands on work (FI). As you become familiar with the essential elements of a Feldenkrais ‘lesson’, you will appreciate it’s structural underpinnings and logic. At the end of the second year, most students will be authorized to teach Feldenkrais (ATM) classes to the public. In preparation, many aspects of the ‘Art and Science’ of teaching Awareness Through Movement will be covered. Students will have opportunities to practice their skills with supportive supervision. While each participant learns through their own ‘embodied experience’, they will begin to recognize fundamental, functional configurations, and learn how to incorporate these observations into FI.
During the third year of Feldenkrais Training, each student’s growth continues to be a focus, but significant time will be spent developing the technical skills, touch, sensory acuity and understanding required to give Functional Integration lessons. The experience of ATM will be interwoven with the study of FI. You will watch Feldenkrais lessons being given to clients with a broad range of physical problems, and begin to develop a sense of the creative elements involved. Important underlying dynamics, common to both FI and ATM, will constantly be reinforced. We will explore the application of Functional Integration with specific groups including children with motor development issues, musicians, athletes, and adults with neuromuscular problems or chronic pain. You will learn FI strategies to interrupt neurological habits, take over the work of the muscles, and elicit basic functional and developmental patterns.
The fourth year continues to development each of the themes presented in the previous three years. Participants will experience greater confidence with every aspect of the Feldenkrais Method, and find ‘all of it’s pieces coming together’. Students will learn how to perceive and analyze individual movement patterns, explore the dynamics of learning, and practice constructing meaningful learning situations for others. As your understanding of function and development deepens, your ability to help people with difficulties will increase. In supervised learning situations, you will work with clients from outside the training with varying degrees of difficulties. We will discuss how to begin a professional practice as a Feldenkrais practitioner, and address important ethical issues. The ATM themes in the fourth year are very rich, and will give you a lasting grasp of the power, beauty and personal satisfaction possible with The Feldenkrais Method.
Baltimore Feldenkrais Training Program Schedule*
The Feldenkrais Training Program of Baltimore features a combination of 4 weekend-oriented segments and two 10 day segments per year, designed to be convenient for people with jobs and families. Instead of requiring that students attend for one or two month-long training segments yearly, this program provides a mixture of convenient ‘weekend segments’ with a two longer 10 day segments spanning a weekend. The training program takes place gradually, over a span of four years. It will meet on a total of 160 days, or 40 days a year. Convenient make-up sessions will be provided to help students make up missed time.
The Feldenkrais Training Program of Baltimore will meet the high standards of accreditation set by the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America, meeting for a total of 800 hours.
Hours for the Training
The first day of the segments will start mid afternoon and the last days will end mid afternoon. Normally the days will be scheduled 10am-4:30pm.