Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

Wear clothing that (1) is comfortable, (2) preserves your modesty, (3) keeps you warm enough, and (4) allows you freedom to move. Warm-ups, sweats, tights, etc. are best.Skirts, dresses, tight clothing, tucked-in shirts, long sleeve shirts with buttons, and jewelry are discouraged. You are welcome to bring a change of clothes to the clinic. We also have a small supply of scrubs in various sizes available on a first-come-first-served basis.

If possible, you should refrain from carrying a large/heavy pocketbook. Posture almost always improves during a session, and donning a lopsided weight can immediately erase that improvement.

hand pointing rightWe request that you not wear any form of perfume or scented cosmetics to the clinic. These odors can potentially trigger allergic reactions for other clients. We truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Please describe a session.

We budget 1½ hours for your first session, and one hour per appointment thereafter. At your first session, if you have not already done so, you will be asked to fill out some simple paperwork. If you want to save time, download the appropriate form here, fill it out, and bring it with you.

Every session starts with a few minutes of conversation to find out how you’re doing and to assess the efficacy of our work together. You may be asked to perform some of the movements that are troubling you, which we can video if you like.

Next comes your lesson, which lasts about 45 minutes. Depending on your needs, a lesson can take different forms:

Functional Integration® is usually performed while you sit or lie on the Feldenkrais table. We may also work with you in a chair or on the floor. This type of lesson emphasizes gentle, tactile guidance, with minimum conversation.

Awareness Through Movement® is verbally directed, with little or no tactile interaction. At your request, we’ll record the lesson so that you can repeat it on your own.

You may also be given simple exercises or movement sequences to be performed at home.  Unlike the standard exercises prescribed by physical therapists or trainers, ours serve as memory joggers to help you remember what happened in a lesson, and help you refine awareness and control.

How is what you do different from other forms of bodywork?

Well, first off, Feldenkrais isn’t bodywork.  Sometimes people confuse it with chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, etc., all of which aim at repairing you.  By contrast,  Feldenkrais, is all about helping you move better, and that has lots of therapeutic side effects.

In other words, we work with you, not on you. 

Muscles don’t tighten up, and bones don’t move into the wrong place just because they think it’s a good idea.  In fact, those tissues don’t think at all.  Rather, they are moved by commands from the nervous system and various mechanical forces, and all of that movement springs from things you intentionally want to do.  We help you feel what’s involved in your own particular movement patterns, what parts of those patterns work well and not so well, and how it could all work and feel better.  Whatever improvements you make emerge from your new awareness and learning.  So once you sense how to improve, you spontaneously do so. And just like when you learn to ride a bike, the results last.

How often should I have a session?

Remember when you were in school, each subject required several classes per week, plus homework?  Absorbing and integrating new information requires repetition, reinforcement, and practice.

Advanced Movement Training is learning-based. As a rule of thumb, you should plan on two or three sessions per week for at least three weeks.  However, the actual duration of your program and frequency of sessions will depend on your individual learning style and speed.

How many sessions total will I need?

Many of our clients feel better after the very first session, and almost everyone begins to improve by the third. However, different problems have unique requirements. After your first session, we will suggest a program tailored to your individual needs, initially emphasizing correction and relief for your problems, and ultimately showing you how to continue this beneficial work on your own. Generally speaking, people tend to meet their goals within 4-6 weeks.

Should I have my session before or after my workout/yoga/massage/etc.?

Ideally, you should not exercise heavily before a session because the physiological effects of your workout can last for many hours. Sessions tend to be relaxing. If you want to work out afterwards, it’s best to wait several hours.

We strongly recommend against combining your appointment with any other healing modalities on the same day. Your brain takes in a lot of novel information during a session, and with too much stimulation, it’s possible to overload yourself and even eradicate new learning.

What are your office hours?

Clinic hours: M-F: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Appointment required.  No walk-ins.
Other appointment times may be possible by special arrangement.

Do I need a prescription from my doctor?

Not necessarily. Many people who aren’t sick or injured enjoy Advanced Movement Training for enhanced athletic performance, relaxation, better balance and posture, fuller breathing, injury prevention, and other quality-of-life improvements. If we feel you have a condition which requires medical attention, we may elect to not work with you until you have consulted a doctor. If you do not already have a doctor, we will attempt to find you an appropriate physician for your needs.

How much does it cost?

We do all we can to make our services affordable. For pricing information and payment options, please contact us by telephone at (770) MOVEMENT (770-668-3636)

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept:

  • Cash
  • Checks
  • All major credit cards
  • Most health savings account (HSA / FSA) cards

 

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