Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement [ATM] classes take a different approach to most exercise regimes and work for people at all fitness levels. Each lesson is different.
Students work at their own pace, in their own way, well within their own capabilities, in response to verbal instructions. This simple process of making discoveries in movement for ourselves is effective in supporting whatever we do in life.
ATM is accessible to anyone interested in promoting improved performance in what they do.
The movements are very gentle with repetitions and variations to build elegant, confident and efficient actions. The core principles are that movement should be comfortable in order to learn, and that many movement problems, and accompanying pain, are caused by habits [not by structure - and indeed structure is arrived at through movement]. Re-organising the nervous system through gentle, supported explorations of small differences leads to changes that continue spontaneously into everyday life.
In ATM classes the rate of improvement increases as we do less! This is something that has to be experienced. Most people describe ATM as a pleasant and calming learning experience.
Moshe Feldenkrais, the originator of ATM, wrote many books. A good description for the layperson can be found in Chapter 5 of Norman Doidge' book 'The Brain's Way of Healing', which summarises the method.