Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is the Feldenkrais Method different than yoga and Pilates?
Feldenkrais focuses 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.

2. What ailments does The Feldenkrais Method improve?

Feldenkrais is 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, click here.

3. What role does Feldenkrais have in health care or medicine?

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Feldenkrais techniques 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.

4. How come I haven't heard more about Feldenkrais until now?

Feldenkrais is 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 its certification training programs and workshops offered in the United States, Europe and Australia.

5. 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.

6. How do I learn The Feldenkrais Method?

Awareness Through 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 store.

7. 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 Australia.

8. How do I find a certified practitioner?

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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.

9. Can I learn without years of studying or investing a lot of money?

10. 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.