Fascinated by Feldenkrais’ philosophy and teachings, Wildman went on to study with him for a decade building on degrees in Physical Education, Dance, and Biology, while simultaneously acquiring a degree in 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.
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.
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 applications, for the University of California.
His most recent program, Change Your Age, is being very well received around the world, not only in the areas of movement, dance, education and medicine, but also in athletic, fitness and wellness venues. Among practitioners, Dr. Wildman is regarded as a pioneer in the fields of embodied learning and movement sciences and is noted for his visionary and dynamic style of teaching.