The Feldenkrais Method is changing the image in the motor cortex; and our brain, feeling the freedom of the new learning, rushes to meet it.
Arno Gruen, M.D., Psychiatrist

A few minutes of Feldenkrais can give you the flexibility and postural benefits of hours of stretching exercises.
Anne Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Private Sessions

Functional Integration Sessions®
(Private Feldenkrais® Sessions.)

What are they?

Functional Integration sessions (also called Feldenkrais lessons) are the highly personalized, “hands-on” aspect of the Feldenkrais Method®. Engaging the brain to improve the body’s comfort and function, each session is a unique, pleasurable experience, designed to address your particular needs and concerns.

How Can They Help Me?

imageFunctional Integration sessions can help to reduce many types of back pain, knee or hip pain, shoulder or neck pain, jaw pain or headache, chronic tension, postural problems, neurological difficulties, and mobility issues.

By improving your body’s neuromuscular and skeletal organization, Functional Integration sessions can help you to recover after an injury, regain lost function, and improve the way you use your body. You can also use them to enhance your physical performance, and increase your enjoyment of many athletic and performing arts activities.

Who are they for?

Functional Integration sessions are good for everyone. People of all ages, conditions, and levels of fitness can benefit. If you are experiencing an acute difficulty or wish to address a physical issue in a direct and effective way, we recommend that you have a series of Functional Integration sessions.

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Feldenkrais treatments use gentle manual techniques to communicate information to your brain and nervous system. Because the information is valuable to your body, your brain pays attention and begins using it right away, improving your musculoskeletal organization, posture, and ability to move comfortably.

By interrupting our old habits of posture or movement, Feldenkrais sessions help to build new neural pathways, and new options for our posture, movement, and self-use become available.

What Are They Like?

It is easy and enjoyable to have a Functional Integration session. Although they are neurologically sophisticated—and valuable learning takes place in the client’s brain and body during the treatment—the client can simply relax. No effort is required on their part.

The Feldenkrais practitioner moves parts of the client’s body in a way that feels easy and secure. These techniques are not intended to develop the client’s muscle-strength, or to stretch or adjust. The movements in a Feldenkrais session are information-rich and designed to communicate with the client’s nervous system in a beneficial way.

Functional Integration sessions take place on a low, padded table. The client remains clothed. After having a session, people often report feeling relaxed and refreshed, more comfortable in their body, and “taller,” “younger,” and more physically able. Some improvements may be felt immediately, while others are felt later and in following days. To enjoy the greatest—and longest lasting—benefits, take ample time to notice the changes that have taken place in your body, and in the way you move, and use yourself. Your attention is part of the process.

Each Session is Different.

Because every person has their own physical history and habits of posture and movement, each Functional Integration session is highly customized; a “sensory-motor” learning experience designed specifically for you.

Our Practitioners:

All of the Practitioners at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York are accredited by the North American Feldenkrais Guild®. They are highly trained and experienced with a wide range of issues. Their work is sensitive, intelligent, and effective.

Our practitioners work closely and cooperatively with one another. They are mentored by David Zemach-Bersin (one of Dr. Feldenkrais’s first American students) and Marek Wyszynski (an experienced Physical Therapist).

Functional Integration session rates vary, depending on the number of years each practitioner has been in practice.

Please call 212-727-1014 for more information on all the options listed above, or to book an appointment.

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The Feldenkrais Foundation Low-Fee Clinic: If your budget does not currently allow for the options listed above, the Feldenkrais Foundation sponsors a special low fee clinic at the Feldenkrais Institute providing treatments on a sliding scale, to applicants who qualify determined by application.

Physical Therapy & Feldenkrais NYC: If you have a medical condition which requires a course of physical therapy treatment or have a referral from a physician, including acute and chronic pain, recovery from a serious injury or surgery, our on-site physical therapy group could be the solution. Our licensed physical therapists are fully trained and certified in the Feldenkrais Method.

The Field Center for Children’s Integrated Development: Directed by Sheryl Field, MA, this special practice provides Feldenkrais treatments for infants and children with neurological and developmental challenges.

Feldenkrais Classes

Awareness Through Movement

We offer over a dozen classes every week with excellent teachers. No prior experience is necessary; your second class is free. If you are new to the Feldenkrais Method or are experiencing physical discomfort, we suggest that you start with our Basics Class. If you are already familiar with the Feldenkrais Method, jump in anywhere; come to any of our ten weekly Open Classes.

Click HERE for up-to-date details and teacher substitutions (if any) and to register in advance for any class.


**Community classes are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested fee of $10.00.

For your first class, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time.

We recommend loose, comfortable clothing.
Mats, pads are provided.

All classes are drop-in. Get your first two classes for the price of one!
Drop-in for $25
6 class card for $125
12 class card for $250

Members receive FREE unlimited classes and one FREE Functional Integration session every month

MC/VISA accepted.
Call (212) 727-1014



Up Next at the Institute

Tune Up Your Yoga
– Sunday, May 7

Singing for Life
– Sunday, May 7

Feldenkrais & Emotional Health
– Tuesday, May 9

Feldenkrais Festival New York
– Sunday, May 14

Improving Your Posture with David Zemach-Bersin
– Sunday, May 21


After having suffered from severe shoulder problems and surgery, I have found lasting relief with the Feldenkrais Method.
- Gloria Jones, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra



Individual Sessions

The most direct way to benefit from Feldenkrais is to work privately with one of our highly skilled practitioners. In Functional Integration lessons, the work is tailored specifically to your needs, the touch is gentle and communicative, and your comfort is respected.  Call 212-727-1014 for an appointment.



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As a career dancer and teacher, I am no longer feeling daily discomfort from the over-use of muscle groups, and I am more efficient with teaching movement. I truly believe that whatever you are pursuing in life, Feldenkrais can help you achieve your goal in a clear and gentle way.
- Lise Weber-Frutchey, Dancer and Choreographer