Frequently Asked Questions
What are ATM lessons?
ATM is short for Awareness Through Movement. These gentle movement classes challenge your ways of thinking, sensing, feeling and moving to give you new options and habits. I offer weekly classes on Monday afternoons at Phoenix College that cover the whole organization of the body and mind.
What is Functional Integration (FI)?
FI lessons are gentle individual movement sessions where the student is fully clothed, and gently made aware of new neuromuscular connections through non-invasive touch. In my practice I work with all different people, from musicians, athletes and retirees, to children with learning challenges and Cerebral Palsey. Email me for more information.
Is the Feldenkrais Method ® something you learn in a few sessions or practice regularly?
Designed by scientist Moshe Feldenkrais, the method helps you enrich your life through becoming more aware of options that already exist in you. People who practice it on a regular basis learn a way of listening to themselves and learn to challenge their brain to change through a gentle non-invasive manner. Awareness comes and goes and changes shapes; it takes the habitual and uncovers it. How far you want or need to follow it, is up to you.
Does the Practitioner fix my movement problems?
Practitioners don’t “fix” anything; we help your brain feel how to create new patterns that might better serve a particular function or action. Many people find great relief and increased vitality through this gentle way of looking at the whole neuro-muscular connection.
Is it about alignment?
We aren’t concerned with finding a specific alignment per se, but are more interested in a function to see how we can help to improve it. If alignment is needed in regards to a specific movement, then it might be one element of many that we look at.
Is it exercise?
I consider it to be “exercise” for your brain. Movement puzzles challenge the older part of your nervous system responsible for movement, and challenges you to think and feel outside of “your” box. Becoming more aware of how your system is coordinated often gives you the sense of being more efficient when you return to a more cardiovascular or “exercise” type activity.