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Feldenkrais 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 [...]

Research Base

Frank Wildman, Ph.D. James Stephens, Ph.D., P.T. Evidence Based The first research study involving Feldenkrais Method® (FM) was published in 1977 with several more appearing in the next decade. Since 1988 there has been an increasing amount of research done and recently this has been increasing each year. Because FM has such a wide range [...]

Origins and History

Frank Wildman, Ph.D. James Stephens, Ph.D., P.T. In our society, we do, by the promise of great reward or intense punishment, so distort the even development of the system, that many acts become excluded or restricted. The result is that we have to provide special conditions for furthering adult maturation of many arrested functions. The [...]

Indications for Referral

Frank Wildman, Ph.D. James Stephens, Ph.D., P.T. INDICATIONS FOR REFERRAL The Feldenkrais Method is indicated to restore functions lost through accident or degenerative diseases, as well as to improve function in people who want to enhance high-level skills. It is used with all types of clinical disorders, from hemiplegia and cerebral palsy, to acute or [...]