Frank Wildman techliminal
Wildman was a young choreographer and performer with Anna Halprin’s dance troupe in San Francisco when he met Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the physicist, engineer and Judo Master who developed the Feldenkrais Method, a system of movement which describes how each motion is the result of many parts of the body working in concert with the mind. Simply put, the Feldenkrais Method is based on the premise that becoming more aware of one’s movements, and exerting less effort, can relieve stress, reduce pain, enhance agility and make life more enjoyable.
Fascinated by Feldenkrais’ philosophy and teachings, Wildman went on to study with him for a decade while simultaneously acquiring degrees in Physical Education, Biology and Somatic Psychology. While studying patterns of animal movement and child development, Wildman recognized links between psychology and the science of motion. This insight grew into an innovative understanding that has influenced the entire field of movement studies and has led to advances in physical therapy that have been adopted internationally by hospitals, universities, physical and occupational therapists, and somatic psychologists.
In 1985, Dr. Wildman founded the Feldenkrais Movement Institute, which has gone on to become one of the world’s premier Feldenkrais training organizations. His goal was to make the techniques clear and teachable to future Feldenkrais practitioners as well as the general public across North America, Australia, Europe and Japan. As the first educational director of a Feldenkrais Professional Training Program, he has guided the certification of a host of practitioners and allied health professionals through the years. Serving as a president of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, Wildman has also helped develop and define the standards of practice that are current guidelines internationally.
Dr. Wildman has directed over two dozen professional training programs in the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia, and has introduced the Feldenkrais Method to organizations as diverse as the Australian Institute for Sport and the American Back Society. His signature programs, “The Evolution of Motion,” “Your Brain as the Core of Strength and Stability,” and “Reconstructing Dance Technique,” distill his lifetime of experience in science, education and clinical practice into brief but powerful courses.
As a presenter, Dr. Wildman has reached a rich and extensive professional audience, including: The American, Canadian and Australian Physical Therapy Associations; The Council for Health and Physical Recreation, Sport and Dance; and The American Back Society. He designed Back Care and Gerontology Programs, with specific Feldenkrais Method® applications, for the University of California.
For private appointments with Dr. Wildman, contact him at the Feldenkrais Movement Institute at (800) 342-3424, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org