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The Feldenkrais Method®

At the heart of the Feldenkrais Method is the idea of intuitive somatics. So to break that down;

 

Somatics refers to a field of study and practice that focuses on the embodied experience of individuals, particularly in relation to movement, sensation, and bodily awareness. And, 

Intuitive refers to the ability to understand or know something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning or analysis. It involves perceiving or grasping insights, ideas, or solutions without relying solely on logical or rational thought processes. Intuition often arises from subconscious knowledge.

 

So how does that relate to the Feldenkrais Method?

The Feldenkrais Method invites participants to pause and pay attention to breath and movement. Each person that engages in the method holds their own hopes and intentions, some may hope to reduce pain or anxiety, others have an interest in improving their artistry or athleticism, more over, many come with an interest in simply improving life.

Through detailed guided movement sequences, the Feldenkrais Method beckons participants to be present with sensations and feel the results and responses to small movements and changes. And often, over time, people discover that attention to small and quiet things provides and awareness of options, and options provide the possibility for variations, or changes in the way we approach movements or tasks.

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Allyson Ford,
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

Driven by a heart for assisting individuals in their journey towards change and easier ways of living, I view my Feldenkrais® teaching as a form of body/mind coaching. Drawing from 15 years of dedicated experience with the Feldenkrais Method®, its principles influence my daily life and decision-making. 

AREAS OF INTEREST & FOCUS:

  • movement and creativity

  • breath and performing arts

  • pain management

  • presence with self and nature

  • athletic intention

  • animals, especially dogs and horses

In addition to teaching the Feldenkrais Method®, I provide traditional coaching for those seeking to enhance creativity, intention and growth, while also providing guidance and assistance for small business development and marketing.

Notable Events

2023
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Summer Conducting Institute,
an extension of the Masters in Music Education 

Feldenkrais and the Actor: Creating space for authentic character development through exploration of movement in relation to breath.

2017
International Federation of Choral Musicians
Barcelona, Spain

Fine Tuning Non-Verbal Conducting Gesture & Building Choral Sound Through Feldenkrais

2019
Feldenkrais for Vocal Musicians
Ireland

Breath and Body: Finding organization through softness of breath and ribs. 

2014
Southeastern Theater Conference

Feldenkrais and the Actor: Creating space for authentic character development through exploration of movement in relation to breath.

2017-2019
Professional Actors Training Program
Chattanooga, TN

Movement 1: A 16 week course in movement with foundations in the Feldenkrais Method and somatics with intention of assisting students in explorations of freeing themselves from habitual patterns that limit character development.

2018, 2019
Ballet Tennessee
Summer Intentsive

Introduction to Feldenkrais for Injury Prevention

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