“Knowing oneself is the most important thing a human being can do.” -Dr. Feldenkrais
“Rigidity, whether physical or mental, is contrary to the laws of life.” – Moshe Feldenkrais
“Movement is Life.” Moshe Feldenkrais
Welcome to the Center for
Feldenkrais® and Movement Arts!
located in Northampton, MA
Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® Fritha Pengelly, M.F.A. brings over 30 years of dance an movement experience to her classes, private lessons, and workshops.
Movement classes range from Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) classes and Dance for Parkinson’s Classes, to Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance Technique.
Private Feldenkrais® lessons, or Functional Integration® lessons, are focused and tailored specifically for the needs of the individual student, and can involve elements of dancing for those unable to attend classes.
Workshops are offered at various locations. Please see workshop tab for more information about upcoming workshops.
A little bit about The Feldenkrais Method®
The Feldenkrais Method® can be helpful for: reducing pain; coping with stress; learning and/or improving various skills; improving mental clarity; reducing the effects of neuromuscular disease; recovering from trauma; improving coordination, movement efficiency, range of movement, and flexibility of the brain and body.
Broadly speaking, the Feldenkrais Method® can provide benefits to anyone, and the benefits experienced are unique to each person. Feldenkrais® lessons, whether group or private, provide the conditions for learning about our habits. Through this learning, new possibilities for moving and being become available. Whoever you are, whatever your difficulty, no matter your goal, the Feldenkrais Method® allows you to embody more of your full potential.
Read the New York Times article by Jane E. Brody, “Trying the Feldenkrais Method for Chronic Pain.”
If you’d like to learn more about whether Feldenkrais® is right for you, please contact me!
See what students are saying:
Discovering Fritha’s classes and individual hands-on sessions has been a joy for me. Her encouragement to sense the very beginning of a movement is conveyed so clearly and with such kindness, that I have the space to learn where I feel the support from the ground and from my skeletal structure. Rather than focusing on muscular holding, I love this other system of support being illuminated by gentle, practical movements. Fritha’s hands-on work feels well grounded in her experience and knowledge of the body. Her sensitive touch allows me to move and breath in new ways, invited to a place where everything is light. I highly recommend her work and classes.”
– Joyce, bodywork practitioner
“I was suffering from significant hip pain when I went to see Fritha. As a massage therapist I am accustomed to very firm manipulation and compression, which I was not particularly looking forward to, but Fritha’s touch was completely painless and very gentle. Her movements and techniques are precise, specific, and very subtle, and at the end of just that session I had a significant reduction in my pain. After a few more sessions later I was pain free and have been ever since.
Fritha is an excellent listener, so knowledgeable, and explains what she finds and what she does so well that I gained a whole new awareness of my muscles. I was both treated for my pain and given an education, which has been invaluable to me in my body mechanics. I highly recommend Fritha to anyone who is suffering from any kind of pain, especially when doctors and physical therapists can’t get to the bottom of the problem.”
– Stacy Every, Licensed Massage Therapist
“Feldenkrais class feels like participating in a slow-moving, gentle, personal revolution of consciousness. Every class feels like a movement meditation that I get to take something useful away from.”
– Aliza Persing, dancer
“We joined Fritha’s Dance for Parkinson’s class 3 (or 4?) years ago, soon after she started it in Northampton. We immediately found it not only helpful but fun. She challenges us to move in more rhythmic and expansive ways and is continuously composing new routines that ease the typical progression of the disease, be it constricted movement and expression issues, balance difficulties, or lowered energy and fatigue. She encourages every individual in our group—those with PD and caregivers–week after week. Her personal warmth and joy in movement are a deep gift to us all. We plan to stay dance with her as long as we can.”
– Ed Blatchford and wife, Claire.