Frequently Asked Questions about Individual Sessions
aka Lessons in Functional Integration (FI)
How does feldenkrais work with awareness?
The main focus of the Feldenkrais Method is to cultivate awareness. This is because Feldenkrais is a training process. It is important to be clear about this because many people who come to us are in pain, and pain is so often addressed by treatment through the medical community. Even though Feldenkrais can help alleviate pain, it is not medicine. Nor do we offer treatment. We offer, to repeat, a training process and lessons in awareness.
One of our strategies is to become more sensitive to small differences. Sometimes, in learning something new, improvement comes dramatically. But, more commonly, change comes gradually, and in small increments. To recognize progress and keep yourself on an upward trend, it is important to attend to differences that in other circumstances you might dismiss as too subtle to notice.
While I am waiting for a new client, sometimes I set up three chairs in a row. I bought these chairs at IKEA. They were originally all the standard height, which is 18 inches. I had two of them cut: one to 16″ and the other to 14″. I ask the new person to spend a moment in each and notice how she, or he, feels. I ask for some more detail about what constitutes comfortable or uncomfortable. This can get our conversation off to a good, discerning start.
if I am early, is there someplace to wait?
Yes, there is a waiting area. I share it with my next door office neighbor.
While you are waiting, please no cell phone calls, nor food or drink.
If you are comfortable leaving your shoes outside, that helps to keep the room clean. I also ask that you wear socks.
how does a session begin?
The Individual Session begins with conversation. I am interested to hear what brings you to the session. It is good to describe the current issue, and also how it developed and your goals.
What are the benefits of an Individual Session?
Individual sessions offer you the benefits of
- one-on-one attention
- guidance through touch
- flexibility to your schedule
When should I schedule an Individual Session?
Some people take Individual Sessions only, some take them as preparation for the group class, and some in combination with the group class.
Whenever possible, it is good to schedule an Individual Session before taking a group class. This is especially important if you have a marked chronic or acute condition, or if you have any other individual needs. In this first private session, we evaluate and make a plan.
How many sessions will it take?
There is no set number of sessions.
To begin, it will take one session. No one knows what Feldenkrais is until they have tried it. Commonly in the first session, one can get an improvement which is the basis for more improvements in subsequent sessions.
In the beginning it is best to come frequently. Once the improvements have settled in, one can taper.
What happens during an individual session?
How much does it cost?
- Regular session. 50 Minutes. $120.
- Long session. 75 Minutes. $180.
- Short session. 35 Minutes. $90.
You can pay by Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express.
Checks are preferred. They are made out to Maureen McHugh. If you write your check in advance, session time is not needed for this task.
How should I dress?
Please wear loose, comfortable, layered clothing, suitable for light exercise. You will be more comfortable in baggy pants rather than tight jeans. It is best when the top is plain in texture – without woven ridges or printed designs. Please wear, or bring, clean socks.
Is Feldenkrais covered by insurance?
No, it is not.
If you have a Flexible Medical Spending Account (your own money, pre-tax), paperwork will be provided. Most people get reimbursement.
Can I share a session with another person?
Up to four people may book an Individual Session together. The fee is the same as for one person.
Where is the office?
The office is in the Landmark section of Alexandria. The building is Landmark Tower, a high rise. It is mostly residential, but the first three floors are commercial.
Where do I park?
There is plenty of free outdoor parking. Parking is available on three sides of the building plus on Whiting Street. The largest parking area is in the back.
At the entrances to the parking lot there are fierce signs that warn of towing. Please do not worry about these! They only tow at night.
Is there a cancellation policy?
Yes. The appointment is made with a 24-hour cancellation policy. You may make any changes with 24 hours notice. Short of that, you are charged the whole fee.
If there is a weather advisory — snow, wind, rain — or any other condition that affects personal and public safety, the 24 hour policy does not apply. Safety first!
Do you provide receipts?
Yes. On request, email receipts are provided.