There are 14 main
principles in FSS

  • 1. Positive thinking

    Positive thinking is not only an essential part of our lessons, it is an essential part of life. Within FSS, our sensitive trainers remind people to think positively and believe in themselves. We teach parents to exclude «no» and other negative statements from their vocabulary. For example, instead of saying «You did it wrong! We are always late because of you! You threw around all your toys!» we teach parents to say: «Good boy! Now I suggest you try and do it differently. We need to hurry. Now, please collect your toys just like I am collecting my things».

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    We also emphasize the importance of sensitivity and critical thinking, while simultaneously taking into account an individual’s age and developmental features.

  • 3. Practice within the family

    Every FSS activity involves practicing real life situations within child-parent and person-person relationships. This allows us to explore and solve existing challenges within different family dynamics. Practicing together as a family is essential because it allows the participants to develop deeper sensitivity and trust amongst each other.

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    We firmly believe that games are the best tools for communication, upbringing, and teaching.

  • 5. Situational approach

    FSS teachers are highly sensitive to the ways in which different psycho-physiological needs create unique situations amongst parents and their children. These types of situations are challenging, but solvable. Within FSS, we are able to take the skills we have gained and apply them to our daily lives. Our exercises teach children and parents how to handle difficult, real world situations.

  • 6. Move toward difficulties

    We can’t solve our problems by avoiding them. Life doesn’t wait for us and challenges don’t solve themselves. We must overcome our difficulties in order to free our minds and develop stronger familial bonds. During our lessons we go through difficult situations over and over again, until they become easy and enjoyable to solve. Throughout this challenging process, we make sure to apply our principles of positive thinking and gradualness. Together we break down walls and solve our issues.

  • 7. The right way means the comfortable way

    The main criteria used to determine if an exercise is being done correctly is if the person in the passive role feels comfortable. During our practices, we learn to use dynamic relaxation techniques. What this means is that we use minimal muscle movement to perform certain actions. This helps us move more efficiently and relax. A person can find a comfortable position and breathe as their energy flows around them and they find strength within themselves.

  • 8. Gradualness

    All the exercises become gradually more difficult as the course progresses. Going back to our last tenant, comfort is important, so no one is forced into moving too quickly. Every little step matters. This is the only way to achieve a stable and significant result.

    FSS teachers have to frequently tell their students to «be calm and gradual». Many parents are so focused on quickly gaining results that they cease to concentrate on themselves and their kids. It’s important to enjoy the experience of living and learning together. Remember that this method is made for people and their needs, it’s not just a way of exercising.

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    Our exercises focus on partnerships and healthy dialogues. Through this communicative lens we are able to listen to others and express ourselves

  • 10. Completeness

    The Body and Mind are one, thus the development of one leads to development of the other. Every stressful condition we face is remembered by both the mind and the body. What happens is that blocked areas in the body tend to accumulate with age, creating so-called «Muscular armor». We can work on those blocks and remove the fears and complexes that cause them. Furthermore, the reversal of this logic also applies. When we experience positive emotions, we relax physically and get rid of our blocks. The earlier we start the thinner our «shells» are and the more opportunities we have to free our bodies.

  • 11. Integration

    Integration is a process in which different particles are fused together, thus creating one whole. Within our class we practice several types of integration. Some examples include: each family member integrating into his or her own family, the whole family integrating into the community, parents integrating into the world of games and childhood, and children with special needs integrating into society.

    FSS teaches people new motor and psychological skills, improves their communication abilities, and embeds in them a feeling of mutual empathy that integrates into all aspects of their life.

  • 12. Only teach what you know and are capable of doing yourself

    This is a very simple, but important principle. Our instructors have to literally stop parents from somersaulting their children or incorrectly doing the «mousetrap» exercises. Before we teach our participants how to do something, we experience it ourselves. It is only when we have learned ourselves that we can teach others and celebrate their success.

  • 13. Finish on the success note

    When we are trying to overcome our difficulties, it is important to complete the exercises we are doing. To make a task feasible for a child, the parent must first perform it. Furthermore, we always begin with an easier option. We try to finish all the games on a successful note. It is necessary to notice and praise achievements, even the little ones! We should all praise, notice, and rejoice at the little accomplishments in life! After establishing our success, we are ready to further develop ourselves and face new challenges.

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    FIRST LOVE, THEN TEACH.

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