What is Functional Integration® ?
This form of movement exercise is a learning process that is gentle and supportive. As we age our joints and muscles adopt patterns that are formed over time. Some patterns may be useful and others may actually hinder movement and create inflammation.
A function is defined as a series of inputs with one output. When you bend your knee a series of inputs occur to make that action. The relationship between the muscles, bones and the nervous system are integrated. When working in unison there is stability, strength and coordination available. If there is an input or series of inputs that are not working in unison, then a different output occurs. This usually presents as decrease range of motion, loss of strength and stability or pain.
Now that we understand the vocabulary of what a function is and how it relates to our movement then we can learn how to integrate more of ourselves to support that action. Functional Integration lessons support the idea of working smarter versus working harder. As a student you will learn how to make more distinctions about your movement.
Like a story, there is a beginning (the initiation of movement), a middle (the action) and an end (the completion of movement). Together we will examine what your story is and how we can edit and create more efficient patterns with less effort. The support I give my students is to bridge the gap between what is familiar and what is not.
Over time your will learn about Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais' principles and apply them to your daily approach to activities. We will explore how to make movements easier through practice, identify reversible patterns and fine tune the timing of your movements.
Who Will Benefit from Functional Integration® ?
The people who get the most out of this exercise are those who want to learn. There is no magic wand that I can wave to make your pain go away. This is an active educational approach to exercise. I have worked with students who range in abilities. Over the last 16 years I have worked with San Francisco opera singers, marathon runners, computer programmers, actors, surfers, nurses and surgeons, firefighters, accountants, teachers, dancers, teens, musicians and those with neurological disorders (stroke, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy).
Here are common areas that I am comfortable working with:
Neck & Shoulder Stiffness
Temporomandibular Joint Pain
Tennis Elbow & Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Hip & Back Pain
Scoliosis & Kyphosis
Breath Work for Vocalization
Posture and Balance
Creating a Positive Self-Image
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
30 minutes / $85
60 minutes / $125
90 minutes / $159