What is a Sensory-Motor Concept and Why is it Important to Know?

Understanding sensory-motor concepts is the crucial element to moving well as we age or regain lost skills after an injury, trauma, or cerebral accident. This understanding is not cognitive in the ordinary sense. It requires sensing how we perform an action so that we can improve our motor skills with a deeper felt sense. It’s [...]

How Feldenkrais Saved My Life

Years ago, I was a dancer and choreographer working with Anna Halprin’s dance troupe in San Francisco. I was young and I didn’t know what damage dance could do to my body and the bodies of other artists I worked with. Fortunately, I met someone who did - a physicist, engineer, and Judo Master named [...]

How Feldenkrais Can Improve Your Yoga, Pilates, Fitness or Physical Therapy

Whether you teach yoga or are a therapist of any kind, here are a few things to know about Feldenkrais. Feldenkrais is not exercise Feldenkrais is an advanced version of the new Mind-Body fitness.  It is a way you can learn to move with increased coordination or improve skills you might already practice.  This includes [...]

An Interview with Dr. Frank Wildman

Q: How would you describe the Feldenkrais Method? What is it (briefly)? A: Feldenkrais is a unique approach to improve overall human function through movement. Now, that's not going to mean much to most people. It's a little like trying to explain gravity or electricity, everybody's eyes glaze over two sentences into it, but if [...]

The Pelvic Walk

By Frank Wildman, Ph.D. SECTION I: Sitting in a Chair — The Pelvic Walk The purpose of this lesson is to help you discover how to sit more lightly, move your pelvis more easily while sitting, and turn in your chair while performing activities in the workplace or home. Sit comfortably in the middle of [...]

Sitting Pretty

BY Frank Wildman, Ph.D. Editor's Note: This "Chair Play" exercise is excerpted from the book,The Busy Person's Guide to Easier Movement, by Frank Wildman, Ph.D., which describes how to use Feldenkrais to move with more ease, comfort and efficiency. If your work is a pain in the back (not uncommon for sitting jobs), you can [...]

Sitting in a Chair

By Frank Wildman, Ph.D. SECTION I: Sitting in a Chair Sitting in a chair is harder on the spine than standing or walking because there is more pressure on the disks of the spine. Many people have to frequently stand because of pressure that accumulates while sitting. Standing relieves muscular contractions that we are unaware [...]

The Missing Link in Physical Therapy

By Frank Wildman, Ph.D. In examining the field of physical therapy today, I am reminded of the situation of the pre-evolutionists who began investigating biology, geology, paleontology, and other natural sciences in the 19th century. Their situation was remarkably similar. There was a wealth of newly observed phenomena, and a profusion of methods to observe [...]

Emotional Learning: Developing Emotional Intelligence

By Frank Wildman, PhD Whenever we contact another person we are in contact with their emotional self. It is unavoidable. When we touch someone's flesh, we enter their mind, and we are in contact with the wellsprings of their personality. As life itself is inseparable from the great geochemical processes of the earth, so are [...]

Feldenkrais: Clinical Applications (physical therapy)

By Frank Wildman, Ph.D. Many physical therapists are now familiar with the Feldenkrais® Method. Yet, there remains some uncertainty about the place of this controversial method in physical therapy due to a lack of familiarity about what the method involves. What is the Feldenkrais Method® and what are some of the major differences and similarities [...]