Learning to embody

The Feldenkrais Method


  • Stéphanie Ménasé PhD, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, and painter


corporeality, experiential process, presence, Feldenkrais Method, Feldenkrais' perspectives, nervous system, skills development, learning


The Feldenkrais Method introduces a revisited understanding of what body inscription can do in the fields of learning, re-learning, and remediation of capacities, in particular by stimulating the plasticity of the nervous system and by promoting the training and reactivation of our perfectibility. The Feldenkrais Method can help to clarify or reconsider what corporeality can do in this project of possible and continued learning.

How can the Feldenkrais Method support such a purpose of quality and accuracy in our action by the means of a learning process that involves, and often is based on, a person's ability to move? What does this tell us about the way human beings develop and learn?

This contribution seeks to highlight modalities at work in the Feldenkrais Method, described as a process that favors precise, adapted action, or allows the freedom necessary for the realization of any human project, with in particular emphasis on the learning component of our projects.

This article is also available in Spanish.

Author Biography

Stéphanie Ménasé, PhD, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, and painter

Initially a researcher in philosophy and editor of several of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's manuscripts and numerous articles relating to the ontology unfolded in his latest work, Stéphanie is the author of a book Passivité et Création [Passivity and Creation], exposing how our activities are doubled with passivity and showing the consequences of such an understanding on subjectivity, on freedom and on what can be a creative action. Prior to her training in the Feldenkrais Method (in 2009), her field of study has been the work and legacy of Moshe Feldenkrais, notably through the vast repertoire of his lessons, both in their practical dimension and in their underlying scientific and cognitive presuppositions and contributions. She has participated in the publication of materials as well as in the reorganization of the Zotero database of Feldenkrais references (IFF Research Working Group). She continues to practice for herself and has a sustained practice (in French and English) in various contexts. As a painter, she regularly participates in individual and group exhibitions.




How to Cite

Ménasé, S. (2023). Learning to embody: The Feldenkrais Method. Feldenkrais Research Journal, 7. Retrieved from https://feldenkraisresearchjournal.org/index.php/journal/article/view/134



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