Frank Wildman PresentingFrank Wildman GCFT. Ph.D.

Frank’s Philosophy

My current interests involve neuro-plasticity and learning. Many people can learn their way out of pain. I don’t do bodywork or work on body parts. Instead, I work on the integration of whole body actions, for example; someone might present a knee problem, pain, a loss of movement. I look at the posture and disposition of the person and assess their movement blind spots, then help them learn what new actions/movements they could perform that would help restore lost function and alleviate their pain. I work with people in any kind of condition or with any skill set.  I work with athletes, athletic trainers and coaches.  Also, musicians, artists, and people struggling with movement issues stemming from pain problems, injury or aging. I travel nationally and internationally as educational director and trainer for 4 year long Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs, but I do have time devoted to my private practice in CA and I always welcome new clients.

To schedule an appointment:

Please call my private line, (510) 527-7198 or email me at frankwildman@feldenkraisinstitute.org

Note: Before the appointment we will need to have some conversation over the phone.

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I’ve held a private practice in Berkeley CA for over 40 years. Although this makes me sound ancient, luckily years of experience have bred some wisdom.

Frank Wildman, GCFT. Ph.D.

Founder and educational director of The Feldenkrais® Movement Institute

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.

He has written books and produced numerous CD and DVD programs, some with specific themes such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain, The Intelligent Body—Improving With Age, Dealing with Back Pain and Your Brain as the Core of Strength and Stability.

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.

 

Shout Outs From Frank’s Clients

Dr. Frank Wildman brings an innate talent combined with great depth experience to his artistry of healing the body.

He works like a sculptor with ongoing patience, carefulness, and uncanny accuracy. he also understands how the psyche and the body interplay: the body cradling the psyche and the psyche inhabiting the body. A gem of a practitioner, teacher!

—Isabella S., Psychologist

Frank Wildman is an amazing practitioner. He can make your body feel like you're in the best shape of your life. Great for athletes! Great for those wanting to just feel the best they can at any age.

—Maddy D., author, researcher and presenter

As a Feldenkrais practitioner myself, I have referred several clients to Frank Wildman. I, and some of his former students refer to him as ‘eagle eye.’ His ability to see what a client needs to learn is unprecedented. He’s able to assess the situation quickly and create a very effective strategy to address whatever the issues.

—Viviana D., GCFP