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Reviews of The Feldenkrais Method®

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Reviews of the Feldenkrais Method®

New York declared May 2004 as "Feldenkrais Month" to celebrate the date of his 100th birthday

The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education  - [Systematic review of Feldenkrais Method research]

Patricia A. Buchanan, Des Moines University, USA,   January 2012

Given the relative newness of the Feldenkrais Method and limited number of practitioners, research into its effectiveness and safety is still in its early period of development. ...  As this review will document, a growth spurt in Feldenkrais research occurred in the past decade. Thus, this review provides a current perspective on the developmental status of Feldenkrais research. The objective of this review was very open, reflecting the small number of peer-reviewed studies available with any one population. Thus, the purpose was to examine the effectiveness and safety of the Feldenkrais Method for persons of any age and condition without limitations on comparator groups, outcomes, or study design.

The Effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

School of Health Science, University of South Australia

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2015

Susan Hillier and Anthea Worley

The Feldenkrais Method (FM) has broad application in populations interested in improving awareness, health, and ease of function. This review aimed to update the evidence for the benefits of FM, and for which populations. ...  meta-analyses were able to be performed with 7 studies, finding in favour of the FM for improving balance in ageing populations ... Single studies reported significant positive effects for reduced perceived effort and increased comfort, body image perception, and dexterity.

Does the Feldenkrais Method make a difference? An investigation into the use of outcome measurement tools for evaluating changes in clients

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2010

Karol Anne Connors, CFP,   Carolyn Pile, CFP,    Margo Elaine Nichols, CFP

The Feldenkrais Method! uses an exploratory learning approach to help people move with more ease, comfort and efficiency. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that the Feldenkrais Method is beneficial for clients, but there have been relatively few studies which have vigorously investigated its effectiveness. ... This study has demonstrated that the three outcome measurement tools selected in this study [the Patient specific Functional Scale, the Pain Outcome Profile and the SF12v2] all showed statistically significant improvements in daily function, pain and health-related quality of life (except in the domains of General Health and Vitality in the SF12v2) after a series of Feldenkrais sessions. This suggests that these three outcome measurement tools are suitable for measuring changes resulting from Feldenkrais Method sessions for clients presenting with difficulties performing everyday functional tasks. The length of time clients had been experiencing their symptoms prior to commencing Feldenkrais sessions (a median time of 12 months) suggests that the changes were not simply due to spontaneous recovery.

Alexander technique and Feldenkrais method: a critical overview

Physical medicine and rehabilitation clinics of North America, 2004

Sanjiv Jain, MD, Kristy Janssen, PA-Cb , Sharon DeCelle, MS, PT, CFT

The Alexander technique and Feldenkrais method are somatic education techniques designed to establish a heightened awareness of movements. The desired outcome is to become more functional and aware of one’s movements spatially (or, more accurately, kinesthetically) throughout everyday routine activity. The Alexander technique and Feldenkrais method, in contrast to other forms of alternative therapies, are relatively new and not as widely understood by society.

Review of the Australian Government Rebate on Private Health Insurance for Natural Therapies

Submission to the Department of Health and Ageing, 2012/13

Australian Feldenkrais Guild Inc.$file/Australian%20Feldenkrais%20Guild.pdf

This submission makes the case that the Feldenkrais Method is an effective, cost efficient and safe modality that should be included in Health Insurance rebate schemes. The Feldenkrais Method is a leader in the field of individual health promotion and has broad application to the management of health-related conditions. Advances in the field of neuroscience are increasingly validating the Feldenkrais Method. The World Health Organisation's framework for innovative care of chronic diseases has identified self-management support as part of the building blocks for effective health care. Fundamental to the Feldenkrais Method is the promotion of individual autonomy and responsibility, resulting in an individual developing more efficient and effective ways of functioning in daily life. Such autonomy facilitates less dependence on treatment modalities.

Feldenkrais therapy

Complementary treatment methods, online journal, 2008 (in German, Google will translate)

Feldenkrais therapy is a form of movement therapy. It is a typical example of a bodymind approach. [ 1 ] It is also called Body Awareness Therapy (BAT). There are patients who benefit from this therapy but clear scientific evidence of efficacy is not available. The effectiveness is also highly dependent on the experience of the therapist. In some specific movement disorders, such as dystonia , Feldenkrais is described as positively effective in some cases. Compared to physiotherapy, this method can sometimes be more effective in certain patients with pain and disorders of the locomotor system. 

United States Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teachers®: a survey of characteristics and practice patterns

BioMedCentral Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2014; 14: 217. 

Patricia A Buchanan, Nicole L Nelsen, and Simon Geletta

Feldenkrais Method® teachers help students improve function and quality of life through verbally and manually guided lessons. The reasons people seek Feldenkrais® lessons are poorly understood. Similarly, little is known about practice characteristics and patterns. To address these knowledge gaps, we conducted an extensive survey of United States Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teachers®. ... Most Feldenkrais Teachers were well educated, often held additional credentials, were located in the West, were women, were older than 50 years, and had part-time practices. Most students were women, were adults, came from various referral sources, and paid directly for services. Teachers and students utilized the Feldenkrais Method in diverse settings and applications.

The Feldenkrais Method for dummies

ABC, Australia, February 2015

Amanda Smith

[Feldenkrais had] aggravated an old knee injury he'd originally suffered while playing soccer. Instead of surgery, he chose to focus on self-rehabilitation. He based his rehabilitation program on close observation and deepening awareness of his own body, and by putting together what he had learned from judo with his scientific curiosity. This became the basis of the Feldenkrais Method ... The Feldenkrais approach encourages people to focus on the quality of their movement and their movement habits and to make changes not through tension and force but by paying close attention to the way they move. ...

Beyond its application as a health and fitness therapy, the Feldenkrais Method is also used in the performing arts. Stephen Grant is a singer who became a Feldenkrais practitioner.

Exploring Feldenkrais Practitioners' Attitudes Toward Clinical Research

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 13, Number 6, 2007

Eran Ben-Arye, M.D.*, Ilan Katz, Ph.D., Ohad Hochman, M.D. , Doron Hermoni, M.D.

FM is not aimed at curing or healing a client but rather at bringing about a change in his/her awareness, self-image and attitude toward the self, and taking responsibility for their well-being. Learning takes place via two modes: Awareness Through Movement (ATM), which is practiced in a group, and Functional Integration (FI), designed for the guidance of a single client. Clinical research in the field of FM is in its preliminary stages ...  Based on the current research suggesting possible FM effectiveness in treating psychologic problems, we hypothesize that FM may affect other psychologic disorders, such as depression. Objectives and methods As a first step in the study of this hypothesis, a survey of FM teachers in Israel was undertaken. 

Feldenkrais®   - Guiding Concepts, Evidence and Application to PT Treatment

Presentation to the Greater New York Physical Therapy Association

GNY District Meeting Nov 12 2015 - Handout

Teresa M. Miller, PT, PhD, GCFP Associate Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

The physics of Feldenkrais®: Part 2: no strain, no gain

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2000, Pages 114-122

Series: Feldenkrais Theory and Research

Hannon, John Charles

This issue features additional clinical examples and an explanation of several terms of art in bodywork: stress, strain, translation and rotation. These words help to stake out the territory of bodywork. There are only five forms of strain and only two basic movements in any form of bodywork. We shall see the practical advantages of understanding the concepts these words carry. Clinical results may be enhanced with improved physical safety to both the therapist and client. Secondly, a sure grasp of the technical meanings of these words is essential for delving further into the treatment applications of the Principle of Least Effort.

Sue Seto, Toronto West

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