Hamstrings play a key role in the health and function of your entire body. They are involved in walking, climbing, squatting, lunging, bending forward, and even getting up from a chair. You were even using this trio of muscles this morning when you brushed your teeth! They control the position of your pelvis, hips, and knees and, therefore, your posture.
When it comes to injury, hamstrings can get pulled or torn, which may require a lengthy healing time, sometimes surgery. In addition, your hamstrings are essential in recovering from low back pain and hip and knee troubles.
From tight to right, from weak to mighty
Most of us understand and relate to hamstring tightness. Have trouble touching your toes? Do the back of your thighs feel stiff and ropey? Can’t straighten the knee when swinging your leg forward? Your hamstrings are most likely short and stiff. However, the hamstrings’ perfection lies not only in flexibility but also in an adequately calibrated length-tension relationship. In other words, they must be strong and well-coordinated with different groups of muscles. In fact, nowadays, in rehabilitation, we see many people with overly flexible, lax hamstrings. Stretching is definitely not a universal panacea.
Join us to unlock:
- Functional, fully extendable hips – the key to efficient and comfortable standing posture
- Access to a healthy way of bending forward (toe touching)
- A robust walking stride
- The healing and recuperative influence on your knees, hips, and spine
- The potency of better movement
By the end of this course, you will have the tools and knowledge to nurture your hamstring muscles, alleviate discomfort, and improve your overall movement quality. Whether you’re an athlete, a fitness enthusiast, or simply looking to enhance your physical well-being, this course offers a holistic approach to hamstring health that can be integrated into your daily life.
No prior experience with the Feldenkrais Method is necessary. All levels of fitness and flexibility are welcome.
Join us in this transformative journey to unlock the potential of your hamstring muscles and create a healthier, more harmonious relationship with your body.
What is the course schedule?
When: 3 Mondays beginning November 27th, from 12:30 – 2 pm EST.
Dates of live Zoom sessions:
Session 1 – November 27th,
Session 2 – December 4th,
There will be no live session on Monday, December 11th.
Session 3 – December 18th,
Time of all the sessions: 12:30 pm – 2 pm EST.
You will receive a Zoom link for each live session the day before and 30 minutes before the start of the session. You can also find them in the information section after purchasing the course.
You will receive short daily instructional videos for your independent practice released each morning.
How will course materials be delivered?
This course is designed to be used in two ways:
- As a live online course in three 90-minute Zoom meetings with daily lessons.
- A self-paced online program using the recordings of the live sessions and the daily lessons.
The course will happen live on Zoom, each scheduled Monday at 12:30 PM EST.
The replay will be added to the learning platform after the live class has ended. Please allow a few hours of uploading and processing time.
Short daily practice lessons will be released each morning at 9 AM, Tuesday – Saturday.
What will each session include?
Three Live 90-minute sessions each including:
- Selected Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson.
- The foundational theory will help you understand your anatomy and the rationale behind the practiced movements.
- Valuable and practical tips.
- Q&A session.
- Short, fun and effective 10-minute homework for your daily practice.
Where is the course held?
Our Special Focus Classes take place online via Zoom.
How long will I have access to the materials?
LIFETIME ACCESS – The course will always be available for you to access on the online platform.
What is the Feldenkrais Method?
Your movements are precious. They’re likely the most significant expression of your life.
How you move matters profoundly.
We employ the Feldenkrais Method to help you move better, way better!
The Feldenkrais Method is a gentle, slow, and meditative learning process based on your body’s natural movements.
The accent is on your first-hand experience, similar to the organic process you experienced when you were a baby, learning to roll over or make your first steps.
Guided verbally by Marek you perform precise movement sequences that lead to those “aha – that feels better” moments.
The gentle movements done with awareness improve your skeleton, muscles, and brain. They create healthy, graceful, precise, and deliberate motion! Watch how a better movement helps you relieve the pain, heal the injury, and be who you always wanted to be.
…I love the clarity of the explanations, the mix of theory and practice, and the encouraging and relaxed tone… these lessons have been very effective. Thanks so much.
Fine class. Teacher is sincere, methodical, patient and caring. He shares his depth of knowledge through diagrams, all the slow explorations, and his engaging question and answer periods at the end. During those periods he talks to his participants answering their questions at the levels of complexity that they can understand[…]
wonderful class and intro to Feldenkrais for me. I’m hooked. Both on content and on the way Marek teaches, with anatomy and concepts first so I can visualize where to feel and then the experiential component. Excellent class[…]
Clinical Director, PT, GCFP
Marek is the President and Clinical Director of Physical Therapy and Feldenkrais® NYC, a member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network. He is also a co-founder of the Feldenkrais Foundation and the Feldenkrais Institute of New York. As a former supervisor of the New York Pain Treatment Program at Lenox Hill Hospital, Marek worked with Dr. Hans Kraus, a noted pioneer of sports medicine, physical medicine, rehabilitation, and trigger-point therapy.
For over 30 years, Marek has worked with clients who suffered from debilitating issues, such as pain, orthopedic challenges, neurological problems, and chronic diseases. His clients included top-level professional athletes, Olympians, accomplished artists, politicians, and people of all walks of life. Marek sees potential and talent in everyone and treats all of his clients as VIPs.
Marek is the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Hip Preservation Certified Therapist. He has published articles in medical journals and conducts continuing education courses explicitly designed to “bridge” the complementary worlds of Physical Therapy and the Feldenkrais Method®.