Michael Moore, LMT, NMT

Michael Moore, LMT, NMT is a graduate of the Florida School of Massage and feels blessed to have been practicing bodywork for over 25hose years. Along with his passion for the healing arts, he has been a long time advocate for radiant health that includes diet, nutrition, and lifestyle. He and his daughter Carley, right, share this passion (Carley is also a graduate of the Florida School of Massage).

Michael’s services include Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Advanced Orthopedic Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Reflexology, Prenatal Massage, Injury Evaluation and Treatment. Michael is also a Feldenkrais practitioner who completed the 4 year Training for Professionals and was certified by the Feldenkrais Guild in 2000.

“We improve our well-being when we learn to fully use ourselves.” Moshe Feldenkrais

fly guyThe Feldenkrais Method is for anyone who is desirous of reconnecting with their natural abilities to move, think and feel. Whether we want to be more comfortable sitting at our computer, playing with our children and grandchildren, or performing a favorite pastime, these gentle lessons can improve overall well being.

Learning to move through life with less effort makes day to day living easier and life more enjoyable. Because the Feldenkrais Method places awareness on the relationship between movement and thought, increased mental acuity and creativity accompany physical improvements. Everyone, from athletes and artists to children and attorneys, can benefit from the Feldenkrais Method.

We improve our well being when we learn to fully use ourselves. Our intelligence depends upon the opportunities that we take to experience and learn on our own. This self learning leads to full, dynamic living with great joy and ease.

Ordinarily, we humans learn just enough to function. For example, we learn to use our hands well enough to eat, our legs well enough to walk, our tongue well enough to speak. Our abilities to function with a greater range of ease and skill, however, remain to be fully developed. The Feldenkrais Method teaches—through movement—how we can improve our capabilities to function in our daily lives.

The Feldenkrais Method is expressed in two parallel forms: Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®.

Awareness Through Movement consists of verbally directed movement sequences presented primarily to groups. There are several hundred hours of Awareness Through Movement lessons. A lesson generally lasts from thirty to sixty minutes. Each lesson is usually organized around a particular function.

In Awareness Through Movement lessons, people engage in precisely structured movement explorations that involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Many are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities. Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. There are hundreds of Awareness Through Movement lessons contained in the Feldenkrais Method that vary, for all levels of movement ability, from simple in structure and physical demand to more difficult lessons.

Awareness Through Movement lessons attempt to make one aware of his/her habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and to expand options for new ways of moving while increasing sensitivity and improving efficiency.

A major goal of Awareness Through Movement is to learn how one’s most basic functions are organized. By experiencing the details of how one performs any action, the student has the opportunity to learn how to:

  • attend to his/her whole self
  • eliminate unnecessary energy expenditure
  • mobilize his/her intentions into actions
  • learn.

000_0285Functional Integration is another form of expressing the Feldenkrais Method. Just as Feldenkrais practitioners can guide people through movement sequences verbally in Awareness Through Movement, they also guide people through movement with gentle, non-invasive touching in Functional Integration.

Functional Integration is a hands-on form of tactile, kinesthetic communication. The Feldenkrais practitioner communicates to the student how he/she organizes his/her body and hints, through gentle touching and movement, how to move in more expanded functional motor patterns.

The Functional Integration lesson should relate to a desire, intention, or need of the student. The learning process is carried out without the use of any invasive or forceful procedure. Through rapport and respect for the student’s abilities, qualities, and integrity, the practitioner/teacher creates an environment in which the student can learn comfortably.

In Functional Integration, the practitioner/teacher develops a lesson for the student, custom-tailored to the unique configuration of that particular person, at that particular moment. The practitioner conveys the experience of comfort, pleasure, and ease of movement while the student learns how to reorganize his/her body and behavior in new and more effective manners.

In Functional Integration, the practitioner/teacher’s intention is instructive and communicative.

Functional Integration is usually performed with the student lying on a table designed specifically for the work. It can also be done with the student in sitting or standing positions. At times, various props are used in an effort to support the person’s body con-figuration or to facilitate certain movements.

As a Feldenkrais practitioner certified to facilitate both Functional Integration and Awareness through Movement, Michael has experience working with a full spectrum of conditions that include developmentally challenged children, rehabilitation from injury or surgery, high performance athletes and musicians, as well as Hospice patients.

An ordained minister, Michael is also a Reki Master that practices levels I and II as well as offering Reiki attunements.


Meghan Madhavi Burke & Michael Moore