In an Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson, Bill Gallagher verbally directs the client through movement sequences and facilitates focused attention. Moshé Feldenkrais gave the name "Awareness Through Movement" to a series of lessons he devised as he was learning to walk comfortably with an injured knee, but this approach is applicable to any pain or movement impairment condition. The lessons Bill Gallagher teaches are meant to provide concrete directions, both for learning new movement patterns and for attending in a new way to the physical experience associated with movement. The goal is to increase the patient’s awareness of the mechanical details and the physical experience of movement. Changes in the physical experience happen in parallel with changes in the self image, which can be conceived as the mapping of the motor cortex to the body (homunculus). Changes in your ability to move are inseparable from changes in conscious perception of yourself as embodied. While interventions like osteopathic manipulation primarily address the structural element, Awareness Through Movement Lessons address habits that may perpetuate pain or disability. Feldenkrais technique aims to clarify and work therapeutically with this relationship between structure and function, with instructions that involve both specific movement instructions and invitations to introspection.
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lessons can be helpful for many conditions including:
* Pain Syndromes (low back, neck, hips, knees, shoulder, arm, ankle, jaw)
* Movement Impairment Conditions (Stroke (CVA), Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis (MS))
* Performers Seeking Improved Fluidity
* Injury Prevention
* Self Exploration