Feldenkrais holistic learning through movement

Self Awareness in sensing, feeling, thinking and action through the language of the brain: movement

How do you move? And how does that make you feel?

Wouldn’t it be great if your body is the most fabulous place to live in! That you feel relaxed, graceful, and energized whatever you do. Discover new ways to move and support yourself with ease and freedom by tapping into your body’s potential. Find out how you move now and how you can move in the most pleasurable and comfortable way…

Years ago I read this inspiring quote below from the founding father of The Feldenkrais Method:

“If you know what you are doing, you can do what you want.” Moshe Feldenkrais

For me, this is the essence of feeling empowered, and free. And exactly for this reason, I signed up for the 4 year Feldenkrais teacher training in 2005. And what an inspiring journey this was. As a dancer a world of possibilities in expressing and moving opened up for me. And most valuable, I switched from a girl with eating disorders, social anxiety, and a poor self-image to a woman that felt confident and at home in her body. I discovered what it means to move with grace and sensuality. And it has helped me to stay out of injury ever since.

“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.” Moshe Feldenkrais

Discover how to stand, sit, walk, run, turn, lift, and much more without causing tension, pain, or fatigue in your body. Feel what awareness of movement does to your body and brain and how it gives you more vitality, calmness, and balance in your everyday activities. Discover how you can be more user-friendly for your body.

Doing Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement explorations regularly will help you find focus and center yourself firmly in both your body and mind. You will find that you function much better in your daily life challenges as your whole nervous system finally gets a chance to unwind from stress and overwhelm.

The Feldenkrais method helps you big time if you:

  • want to get rid of chronic physical and emotional stress, tension, and fatigue
  • look for more vitality, resilience, and freedom of movement
  • want to feel more flow and flexibility in your everyday life
  • know that you have an inner world of possibilities but some thoughts and emotions keep getting in the way of acting accordingly
  • want to empower yourself

“I had Feldenkrais lessons from Pingel for several years. She is a very competent and creative teacher and I always left her classes feeling balanced and more in tune with my body. I have a history of broken legs and after an accident, which left me with a head injury and a broken shoulder and hip, it was through Feldenkrais that I learnt how to walk better without pain. I highly recommend Pingel as a Feldenkrais practitioner.”

Vivian Cook

Are you ready to feel how you want to feel?

“The only thing permanent about our behaviour patterns is our belief that they are so.” Moshe Feldenkrais

How does it work?

By slowing down, reducing  effort in moving, and pay attention to ease and pleasure in movement, we get the full attention of our Brain. This is the driving force behind all movement, thoughts, feelings, and action. It organizes itself through the input of movement. Through playful and creative movement explorations, we re-train the brain’s capacity for creating new connections and new possibilities. This is called neuroplasticity. You will find that changing the way you move will change physical, emotional, and mental habits that keep you from feeling free, mobile, and relaxed in your body.

The Feldenkrais classes and private sessions that I offer online, and in my 1:1 and small group retreats empower you to become your own healer.

By practicing Feldenkrais regularly, you will heal long-lasting stress, tension, anxiety, and fatigue through deep insight into what you do, and how you can do differently to ‘un-hurt’ yourself.

Pingel’s sessions are off the map good. It took me 4 days to integrate one of her body-work sessions on me. Bringing more than just a method to the way she works, her dexterity in awareness, intuition and skills let my body transform and come home to harmony where it was ready, willing and able. I left the session holding myself differently and feeling physically open, expanded and free. She seems to have an incredible sensitivity in body-listening, combined with an understanding of the body-Consciousness and its complexity. I felt very safe in her hands and knew she really understood what my body needed, seeing it as one with the whole of me.

Lucy Hunter

Channel, Infinity Resonance

Do you want to move with more ease and freedom in all areas of your life?

After each class, I get happy, feeling the result of these gentle movements. It makes me increasingly supple, I feel wonderfully relaxed after an hour of slow and gentle movement with a rather ”passive” form of concentration. Pingel’s at times mystical, soft voice also intensifies the relaxation. These Feldenkrais classes make me feel younger every time.

Arnoud Braat

What to expect?

A typical ‘ Awareness through Movement’ exploration is structured around everyday actions and focuses on specific themes. I will guide you with my voice through a series of carefully thought-out movements that will help you gain insight into how the body and mind co-operate together and how they can do so most efficiently.

I will use a combination of movement directions, visualizations, imagery and sensory suggestions to help you become aware of your movement patterns. Usually you move – lying on the floor, sometimes standing or sitting – at a gentle pace, in a way that feels pleasant and joyful to you, with your attention in your body and in the sensation of the movement.

These classes are suitable for everyone, regardless of age, experience or condition.

The background of the Feldenkrais Method

This somatic movement method was originally invented by Moshe Feldenkrais; an engineer, physicist, teacher and master of the oriental martial arts. Due to a knee injury he became interested in the mechanics of movement and the role of the nervous system in this. With this knowledge he taught himself to walk again.

The rest of his life he invested in further researching ways to optimize thinking, feeling and movement both physically and mentally. This is how the Feldenkrais method came into being: a practical and effective form of ‘experiential and exploratory’ learning.

The method is based on an intriguing combination of bio-mechanics, neuro-science, motor development, psychology and oriental martial arts.

The method consists of two fascinating and versatile teaching methods: Awareness through Movement and Functional Integration (1 on 1 sessions). Both forms appeal to the nervous system’s ability to reorganize itself in order to create well-functioning patterns of movement. The basis of both forms of teaching lies in awakening our consciousness to the way we think, feel, move, and use our body.

If you change what you think, you will change how you move. And if you change how you move, you will change how you feel. – Moshe Feldenkrais

Moshe Feldenkrais wrote some very interesting books explaining his philosophy in depth:

  • Awareness through Movement
  • The Elusive Obvious
  • The Master Moves
  • The Mature Self