Functional Integration students: scheduling recommendations

I send out a monthly scheduling email to continuing FI students, around the 10th of each month, for the next month.

  • Please reply to this e-mail to make schedule requests, even if just to say “our regular times, please,” or to request a confirmation of our previously scheduled lesson times.
  • When possible, and especially if your schedule is changing, please provide a range of times or days for the lessons you’re requesting.
  • An important note for those with regular weekly lesson times: In order to maximize my students’ learning, I am encouraging students to move away from a weekly schedule, and more towards the way the Feldenkrais Method originally was designed and practiced: “pulses” of more focused learning exploration together, followed by pauses in one-to-one lessons while you develop new ideas, engage in self-study, and find questions to explore when we come back together.
  • These pulses and pauses (see below for more explanation) create a learning advantage for most students, but it’s not required, especially if you are exploring Awareness Through Movement (self-led Feldenkrais lessons) at home or in my classes at the JCC. I recognize that some schedules and learning needs don’t work well with pulses and pauses and will be happy to talk about this with you if I haven’t already.
  • I schedule FIs up to three months ahead. It’s not at all necessary to do so, but some students have asked to plan further ahead than the current month. Scheduling ahead can be a way to experiment with coming less often while still making sure there are times available for you.

More on pulses and pauses:

  • A common pulse and pause model of FI study means coming twice weekly for 1-4 weeks, then taking some time off from lessons, often 1-4 weeks or more. It’s my experience that in the long run this gives students more impact from fewer total FI lessons.
  • Pulses and pauses are a suggested learning model that’s more effective than weekly study for most people. I’m aiming to help you create more independence in your learning and improvement process, so you are more empowered, confident, and healthy.
  • For people used to a weekly schedule, consider a pair of lessons about 48-72 hours apart, twice a month (a week or two off in between pairs).
  • Once-a-month (or less often) pulse: more experienced students, those who do a lot of self-study in class or at home, and some who are coming for “tune ups,” often do very well with a pair of lessons once a month, or at even longer intervals.
  • We can experiment over time with different schedule possibilities and see what suits your needs best. I’m happy to discuss options if you’re considering a change.