Like raising a litter of baby porcupines in the warmth of parachute pants, everyday movement can be painful and monotonous, but unavoidable. Pluck the quills from your lifestyle with today's Groupon at The Feldenkrais Institute in Chelsea. Choose between the following fitness-centric options:
- For $36, you get a six-class pass (a $90 value)
- For $99, you get a three-month membership (a $300 value)
Elements of physics, neurology, and physiology fuse into one ligament-liberating approach in the Feldenkrais method, which guides unburdened bodies toward movement awareness and myriad physical benefits. The Institute's certified and highly experienced Feldenkrais practitioners come from a variety of medical and performing-arts backgrounds, with each instructor applying his or her own distinctive experience to enhancing class sessions. Like the established naptime sessions of Congress, students typically begin by lying on comfortable cotton mats. Through guided attention and deliberate movement, graceful greenhorns are made aware of the sensations inherent in each action and trained to recognize the feeling of unnecessary effort, which can lead to fewer daily aches and pains while improving posture and preventing injury. Exercises can be adapted to suit the comfort and ability of each pliability pilgrim while abating pain from age or injuries; the approach is exceptional for athletes, musicians, dancers, actors, and clown-college dropouts alike.
Six-class passes send sore bodies adeptly down the path of effortless movement, while membership favors Feldenkraismeisters with a complimentary private functional-integration session and 20% off subsequent sessions, along with free group classes and discounts on workshops and educational items at the bookstore. Visit the Feldenkrais Institute's website for class schedules, along with an array of informative videos and published research on the method.
The Feldenkrais Institute
Moshe Feldenkrais learned how to walk twice—once as a baby and once as an adult, after a severe injury. While mastering the process for the second time, he began to develop his own exercise method. By returning the body to an infant-like state of motion learning, The Feldenkrais Method breaks the nervous system’s ingrained movement habits, formed through culture and personal upbringing, and reshapes them into healthier, more efficient ones.
The Feldenkrais Method's first component is one-on-one treatments, dubbed Functional Integration sessions. Through manipulation and passive movements, a practitioner can assuage the client’s aches and pains or address larger-scale neuroskeletal concerns. The second component is group classes, which teach new movement habits through an eclectic array of exercises, rather than by just proclaiming walking on your feet illegal.