How is the Feldenkrais Method different than yoga and Pilates?
on function rather than form and does not have a goal of attaining
an ideal body type or physical construction. The Feldenkrais Method
is intended to improve the sensibility, awareness and quality of
movement through one's own body feedback rather than teaching predefined
or static forms. Most people have difficulty feeling their body
and try to move better without improving their sensory skills.
This has absolute limitations. A musician can't play music unless
they can feel and hear the music and make fine distinctions. Feldenkrais
does not have a goal to achieve "correct" positions as with yoga,
but rather seeks to develop a more dexterous, painless and efficient
body in motion.
What ailments does The Feldenkrais Method improve?
not intended to cure disease or disabilities. Instead, the Feldenkrais
Method is an effective way to learn about and improve physical
limitations through freedom of movement. Because the Feldenkrais
Method provides relief from many ailments caused by various neurological
or physical disorders, Feldenkrais enhances the quality of living.
To see a list of some of the therapeutic applications for Feldenkrais,
What role does Feldenkrais have in health care or medicine?
are widely used in physical therapy and occupational therapy. From
common problems such as muscle injuries, back pain and arthritis,
to more complex cases involving learning disabilites, pediatrics
and gerontology, the method offers a highly effective form of co-therapy.
Sports medicine and nursing are also discovering many remarkable
benefits for their patients.
How come I haven't heard more about Feldenkrais until now?
relatively new. It has only existed for 50 years since Moshe
Feldenkrais (1904-1984) originated the method
and began teaching
it directly to a small number of students, including Frank
Wildman, Ph.D. Today, the Feldenkrais Movement Institute has
steadily increased awareness of The Feldenkrais Method through
training programs and workshops offered
in the United States, Europe and Australia.
Do I need treatment from a practitioner or can I do it myself?
Like most forms
of learning, Feldenkrais is best done in combination with proper
and experienced guidance as well as through self-learning. The
complexity and immediacy of the need will often determine which
is best suited to the individual.
For private consultation,
you may contact Frank Wildman, CFT, Ph.D. by calling the institute
at (510) 527-2634 or (800) 324-3424.
How do I learn The Feldenkrais Method?
Movement (ATM) lessons are typically taught in a group setting
with over one thousand lessons available. Functional Integration (FI)
is a hands-on approach where a practitoner gives personalized
care directly to the individual. Both of these approaches can
be learned through training programs and seminars provided by
the Feldenkrais Movement Institute. For anyone wanting to learn
Feldenkrais lessons on their own, comprehensive audio tapes,
books and videos are available for self study through The Feldenkrais
Movement Institute's web
What is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner?
A certified Feldenkrais
practitioner is one who has successfully completed a 4-year intensive
training program approved by the Feldenkrais Guild. The Feldenkrais
Movement Institute offers these programs in the US, Europe and
How do I find a certified practitioner?
If you visit or
reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, or Sydney, Australia
you can e-mail The Feldenkrais
Movement Institute or call (800) 342-3424 for availability.
Otherwise, you may contact the Feldenkrais
Guild of North America
at (541) 926-0981.
Can I learn without years of studying or investing a lot of money?
What are reasons to become a certified Feldenkrais practitioner?
Many people find that their interest
in The Feldenkrais Method allows them to help others while fulfilling
their own goals of personal development. Some desire deeper study,
a supplemental income, their own business, or to integrate their
career with health care, or the arts. If you wish to learn more
about becoming a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, please see
our certification training progams.