-Awareness Through Movement(R) (ATM)
ATM classes are taught in a group format. They consist of a series of verbally guided, sequential movement processes. Since awareness is the goal, they are not strenuous.
In fact they are most effective when done within your independent range. They can be adapted to accommodate your specific needs. By working within this independent range you can concentrate on how you are doing the movement, which provides the opportunity to improve the clarity of your intention, timing, and execution. Increased range of motion, strength, and grace are a natural consequence of more efficient movement
ATMs are often done lying on a mat, also sitting or standing. They last about 45 minutes. Students wear "moveable" street clothes.
ATM lessons enable you to become aware of your personal habits of posture and movement, and how they influence you as you go about daily activities. You discover which ones create needless limits and stress. You explore new options of moving and how they create different effects than your habitual ways did. This increases your repertoire of responses and enriches your experience so that you become more present and engaged in activities that once seemed routine or tiring.
Because ATM's are done in groups there are many opportunities to share your experiences with other classmates and to learn from theirs in a safe setting of mutual acceptance. This fosters a friendly sense of our relatedness as human beings, a healthy respect for the unique character of the other person, and an increased appreciation of what makes him or her as special as you are.
For several examples of ATMs, check out these free videos from the Feldenkrais Store video page (achievingexcellence.com):
Grace and Feldenkrais, Lavinia Plonka
Movement Nature Meant, Ruthy Alon
Awareness Through Movement, Andrew Dawson
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Jane Ella Matthews, MEd, GCFP,
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"In order to recognize small changes in effort, the effort itself must first be reduced. More delicate and improved control of movement is possible only through the increase of sensitivity, through a greater ability to sense differences."
-Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
Jane Ella Matthews, M.Ed,