Public Workshops and Master Classes

Frank Wildman (1977) GCFT, Ph.D. holds degrees in Physical Education, Biology and Psychology. He directed the first accredited Feldenkrais training in 1986, and had organized and has directed over a dozen Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs. A past Guild president, he founded and directs Frank Wildman Associates and the Feldenkrais Movement Institute and has authored many audio and video programs and books on the Feldenkrais Method®.



The Brain as the Core of Strength and Stability
In recent years the notions of core strength and core stability have become increasingly fashionable in a number of movement systems ranging from Yoga to Pilates to Qi Gong. The Feldenkrais Method, on the other hand, is generally thought of in the public mind as providing only easier movement and greater flexibility. However, in order to use our deep intrinsic muscles, and organize the power of the pelvis we must use the organs of the mind. The most far-reaching motor organ in our body is our Nervous System.  It reaches into our deep interior organizing our pelvis, our intrinsic muscles - our core.

In this workshop we will use Awareness Through Movement lessons that develop core stability and learn interesting ways to use the gentleness of Functional Integration to provide the core organization required for stability and strength. In this way, the vigor of the martial arts origins of our work can be brought forth to the public.

Clinical Applications of the Feldenkrais Method: Balance, Stabilization and Gait
In this workshop you will deepen your understanding of bio-mechanics, balance and stability while exploring pleasurable movement lessons that directly apply to problems presented by clients with difficulties in these areas. Balance will be approached as an activity in all basic positions and cardinal directions. A dynamic sense of stabilization emphasizing proximal to distal control of balance as well as the importance of diagonal movements and counter-rotation involved in gait will be demonstrated, experienced and practiced.

Fundamentals of Movement
In the understanding of the Feldenkrais Method, movement can offer a way to alter inappropriate but deeply conditioned ways we use our body. At the same time it can teach us new and more effective ways to correct neuromuscular limitations that contribute to distress, pain and dysfunction. Participants will explore movement lessons and practice hands-on techniques emphasizing movement patterns and all motor activities of the body. The skills presented are applicable to the treatment of chronic pain, orthopedic and neurological disorders in geriatric, adult and pediatric patients, athletes, musicians, and other performing artists.

Human Potential
The notion of human potential provides a key understanding to the radical educational and social nature of the Feldenkrais Method. In the Potent Self Moshe states, "The power of a body is determined by the power of the abdomen and more generally by the pelvic region." We will explore this idea through practical elaborations for hands-on work taken directly from the Potent Self. Although the book was published posthumously, the many ideas described have been explicated in some rarely presented Alexander Yanai lessons. Utilizing these rich source materials, we will work deeply with the potential power available through a well-organized abdomen, pelvis and head.

Intelligent Posture: Ground Zero in Working with Overuse and Pain
Ground Zero in Working with Overuse and Pain

What does “good posture” mean to you?

Most of us think of it as sitting and standing straight, having “proper” alignment—a static concept. The Feldenkrais Method views posture as dynamic. With reduced muscular effort, internal resistance and altered breathing, this posture allows free, light and comfortable movement from one body state to another—it is efficient. Unnecessary effort often leads to reduced mobility, chronic pain, or overuse/ repetitive stress symptoms.

Using Awareness Through Movement lessons, discussion and demonstration, you will experience and evaluate your unique posture, and explore movements and concepts rooted in the Feldenkrais Method to improve the quality, ease and comfort of your posture and subsequent actions.

The Intelligent Spine
Learn how to relieve stress in the face, jaw, neck and shoulders and create greater ease, strength and grace in everything you do. Explore how the use of the head affects your spine from neck to pelvis and how very subtle movements can affect your ability to use your spine more efficiently. Dr. Wildman will demonstrate hands-on approaches of lessons you will experience in sitting, standing and lying. 

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From Prevention to Performance
Contemporary exercise culture often follows the following pattern: Work hard to get in shape, get an injury, work in pain or don’t work, recover and then start over. It doesn’t need to be that way. This workshop will introduce you to a method of neuromuscular re-education that will help you work smarter rather than harder. Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, distinguished physicist, engineer and Judo expert it has helped thousands of people reduce injuries while improving performance. You will not only rediscover the joy and comfort of easy, well-coordinated movement, but also learn to use your body’s intelligence to walk, swim, dance and even think better.

Reconstructing Dance Technique: From the Floor to the Barre
(Open to dancers of all levels and their rehabilitators.)
Dr. Frank Wildman has had a lifelong interest in reconstructing dance technique. He believes that dance technique should contour to the individual rather than the individual trying to conform to an ideal. In his view, human body becomes the model —not the technique. This course will provide dancers with tools to designed to enable anyone to prevent injury and to achieve their goals in dance. This workshop is for any dancer or student of dance wanting to learn technique in a safe, non-competitive manner. You will learn to sense yourself more from the inside. You will unlearn old injurious and stressful habits and re-learn the movement ideals of dance from Ballet to Modern in a way that will be both challenging and liberating.

Dr. Wildman will use the unique and sophisticated movement repertoire of the Feldenkrais® Method to affect the spatial awareness, self-image, and postural control required to move more vividly and easily. In reconstructing dance technique, Dr. Wildman assists his students to develop a deeper understanding of their bodies rather than simply imitating. This course has been taught regularly to dancers at the Trisha Brown Dance Studio in New York City, The Dancers Workshop of San Francisco, and in Sydney, Australia. Reconstructing Dance Technique has served as an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method to dancers throughout the world.

The Timeless Body – Improving with Age
The older we get the smarter we must become. As we age, it becomes increasingly important to use our bodies more efficiently, because we can no longer afford to slam our bones, strain our muscles and do things with will willpower and brute strength. We must learn to improve our quality and ease of motion, our coordination, our sense of balance, control and ease. This workshop, originally developed for the University of California’s gerontology program, will show you how to reduce stress while increasing muscular efficiency in a pleasurable and comfortable manner using Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons.

A Weekend on the Pelvis or “Two Days on the Pelvis” if during the week
Experience pleasurable movement lessons selected for back and hip problems associated with pelvic instability or loss of mobility, as taught to therapists and physicians at the American Back Society, yoga teachers and dancers. Students will explore different ways of handling the pelvis and learn interesting and effective lessons that use the pelvis as the central reference. Perineal function will be included. Dr. Wildman will address hands-on approaches to these lessons.

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A Day on the Pelvis
Taught for many years to physicians at the American Back Society, physical therapists working in gerontology, and Yoga practitioners, this workshop focuses on the practical benefits of understanding the evolutionary structure and functions of the pelvis. This is particularly useful in assisting people, who suffer from the back and hip problems frequently associated with pelvic instability, hypermobility, as well as loss of perineal control. The distortion of weight transference with pelvic instability contributes to both lower back, sacroiliac and hip pain. Students will learn to identify when there is too much relative movement, which can be aggravated by certain ATM or FI lessons. Bone, muscle, perineum, and other pelvic soft tissues and their innervation will be addressed with short ATM's and FI practice interspersed throughout the day.

Working with Repetitive Stress Injuries
In the Feldenkrais Method improving posture is the considered the most reliable and effective approach to address local misuse and repetitive stress injuries. In this workshop you will learn how to approach stress and pain from repetitive motions through a whole body approach to movement. You will discover connections between hands and feet, the spine and arms, that will prove immensely helpful to those suffering from Repetitive Stress Injuries. This workshop is suitable for those who suffer from RSI as well as for health professionals who encounter it in their practices.

Emotional Learning: From Biomechanics to Emotions
Our experience is shaped by complex combinations of beliefs, perceptions, hormones, social values, and desires. Every thought, action, and feeling finds its expression in movement. Even our posture can be understood as a thought phrase, a preparation for new possible movements and new possible feelings. In order to understand how to create change, we must become aware of how our whole self is embodied in our movements. To work with a person's emotions becomes a technical question, which falls within the realm of Moshe's notion of function, no different than addressing a back problem or arthritis. In this workshop, we will technically explore the inseparability of body mechanics from our embodied emotions and investigate function, learning, and emotions by integrating information from psychology and anthropology to better inform us.

Movement Strategies
What is efficient movement? What constitutes "normal" movement? Is this movement an example for mobility or for a lack of stability? Is this person's movement style ingenious and unique or merely inefficient? This workshop was developed watching hundreds of students in training programs struggle with these and similar questions. It has been designed to provide the skills to know what to look and feel for in a movement and examine how a person's available physical resources, e.g. the condition of the skeletal and neuromuscular system and the changes in the environment can be used to develop a variety of effective strategies for action. You will learn to:

  • see how specific movements are indicators of a movement strategy that will reappear in many functional activities
  • understand how the strategies underlying any one movement are expressed in many seemingly unrelated movements
  • think beyond the "right", "best", "most efficient" way of performing an action and have a new way of perceiving awareness and movement
  • overcome confusing categories such as: "tighter - looser", "involved-uninvolved", "organized-disorganized" and evaluate what people are really learning from movement

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