La méthode Feldenkrais ou la thérapie du mouvement

The Feldenkrais method or movement therapy

His origin

In the 1950s, following a life incident, Moshe Feldenkrais develops a bodily approach aimed at improving one's well-being.

By combining his knowledge of mechanical engineering, martial arts, biology, kinesiology as well as psychomotor development, he is developing a method of rehabilitation through movement.

This method highlights the impact of our lifestyle habits on body movements in a positive way (learning to play the piano or skiing), but also negatively (sedentary lifestyle, office work). The objective of this method is to organize the body in such a way as to consciously connect all its members and thus succeed in moving with minimum effort and maximum efficiency.

How it works

Awareness of a problem and resolution

Whether it's chronic pain or physical limitations, it's often the movement itself that's causing the problem.

Bad posture, mechanical or psychological stress, an injury, the way we walk, or the way we sit are all factors that can cause the unconscious development of bad movement habits. These bad habits can then generate pain and/or physical limitations, which will cause other pain and other limitations, which will cause bad posture...

The majority of us are not aware of the way we move because our automatic and repetitive gestures are carried out without paying attention to them. However, all the elements of the body (bones, muscles, fascia, tendons, blood and nerve networks, etc.) are interconnected and move in synergy. If one of the components does not move correctly, it will have a direct impact on the quality of the initial movement as well as that of the other segments attached to it.

Understanding and becoming aware of these interconnections makes it possible to change ingrained movement habits and even lifestyle habits, creating new momentum towards a virtuous circle.


Typically, people choosing to pursue this technique do so because of the pain they experience. This pain creates a certain physical limitation in their daily activities or a lack of mobility or performance.

The role of the practitioner of the Feldenkrais method is then to discover how the person received is used to moving, how their type of movement is linked to the problem they feel and how they could move differently in order to make the problem disappear. issue.

This technique consists as much in teaching awareness of the old movement as in integrating the new. It is not a question here of “correcting” a person, but rather of engaging them in a process that will allow them to regain their own functionality.

Progress of the sessions

Following a short interview, the professional will evaluate your way of moving during different exercises. He will note which parts of your body have restrictions and what could be causing them. He will note which muscles are causing the imbalances, which muscles are working too much, which muscles are not engaged, or which other muscles are hypertonic.

You will then lie down on a low massage table adapted to the Feldenkrais method , remaining fully clothed. By exerting light pressure, guided movements, mobilizations as well as facilitating techniques, the practitioner will guide you towards bodily awareness while respecting your limits, of course.

It will engage all the parts of your body so that they move and connect with each other, allowing you to find true balance.

Unlike massage therapy, which focuses primarily on muscles and tissues, the Feldenkrais method works on your ability to regulate and coordinate your movements by addressing the nervous system.

At the rate of a weekly session carried out for 3 to 5 consecutive weeks, you will quickly notice an improvement in the fluidity of your movements and your daily comfort.