"Remember, what the Feldenkrais Method is about in general is to teach people how to use themselves better. As I mentioned, I look at the person as the instrument which they use to play their particular instrument. Of course, the human organism is much more complicated than any musical instrument that I know of. As obvious as this seems—and perhaps just because it is so obvious—this fact is often overlooked. Musicians will often center their attention just on their hands or some small subset of “body parts.” While this produces musicians of a very high technical level of skill, it also often produces musicians who are working against themselves, or who are not—at the very least—using themselves nearly as efficiently and simply as they could. The end result is often pain, interference with the flow of attention and breath, the use of “main force” or “will power” as a substitute for intelligence and creativity.
So, we show musicians how to use their spine, pelvis, hip joints, shoulders to support the use of their hands, elbows, forearms and breath. This is what we mean by Functional Integration: the integration of the whole of oneself into intention and action. "