Feldenkrais Method enthusiasts can celebrate a dream come true today. For the first time, they can download the Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement app, for iPhone and iPad. The new app is in beta, with no plans for a final version.
“We had hoped to be at SXSWi for the launch, but it was slow going, and the results were surprising, even unexpected,” said lead developer Adon de Fueron. “We all felt very grounded and balanced when we knew we had it,” he added. The rollout of the new app is scheduled for April 1, 2011.
The app allows users to access 7,465,929 of their favorite movements from the Feldenkrais Method. “We’re really excited about the “shuffle” function, which will recombine the movements into an entirely new ATM lesson of any length,” said de Fueron. Developers sampled individual movements from mp3 audio recordings of ATM lessons contributed by Feldenkrais Trainers and teachers worldwide.
“We had to take our method mobile — it was inevitable,” said a practitioner who asked to remain anonymous. The app features geolocation functionality on two levels. As a social networking tool, users can check in via FourSquare and GoWalla at Feldenkrais classes worldwide (I just unlocked the “Differentiated Vertebrae” badge on FourSquare!). The app also enables the user to map the position, trajectory, and exertion level for any of their own body parts during any movement selected. “The visualization takes place right on the screen. It is wicked cool,” said the source.
app for iPhone and iPad.