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 Method: 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 [...]

Feldenkrais Method® for Chronic Illness

By Frank Wildman, PhD While medical technology excels in treating acute trauma, it does not train physicians well to treat our most common chronic illnesses. The treatment of many pain and stress problems therefore lacks focus. One of the most revolutionary discussions of the last few years has been about the relationship between posture, muscles, [...]

Chair Play

By Frank Wildman, Ph.D. SECTION I: Sitting in a Chair — Chair Play Many people have overly rigid ideas about how they should sit in a chair. Remember how a child relates to a chair and all the different ways children move their bodies in relationship to a chair. In this lesson, you will learn [...]

Busy Person’s Guide: Introduction

INTRODUCTION Scores of us undergo unecessary surgeries to restore function to our backs, shoulders, knees, feet, and ankles. We suffer needlessly from pains in the neck and back, irritated joints, sore muscles, and tight jaws. We spend thousands of dollars on pain medication, tranquilizers, or muscle relaxants, and countless hours on boring and ultimately ineffective [...]

Anti-Exercise for the Older and Wiser

By Frank Wildman, PhD The older we get, the more clever we must become. As we age, it is more important to use our bodies more efficiently. We must improve our quality and ease of motion, our coordination, our sense of balance, control and comfort. After a certain age, our bodily wisdom tells us it's [...]

What to Look for in a Practitioner

The Feldenkrais® Guild Directory of Practitioners indicates the year in which a certified practitioner completes professional training. As with any art or craft, the longer practitioners work, the more mastery their hands develop and the greater their level of expertise grows. The patient should have trust and feel rapport with the practitioner, particularly for Functional [...]

Visiting a Practitioner

Frank Wildman, Ph.D. James Stephens, Ph.D., P.T. The Feldenkrais Method® is a learning experience, and people learn best when comfortable. Awareness Through Movement® classes are taught on a floor with carpet or mats, on chairs, or in a standing position. Students pay attention to their own sensations and movements as the teacher guides them to [...]

Theory for Mechanisms of Action

Frank Wildman, Ph.D. James Stephens, Ph.D., P.T. Many of failings, physical and mental, need not be considered as diseases to be cured, but rather as an acquired result of a learned mode of doing. Actions repeated innumerable times for years on end, such as all habitual actions, mould even the bones, let alone the muscular [...]