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Perspectives on the Feldenkrais Method

Roger Russell

Moshe Feldenkrais was a fascinating character. Coupling a keen analytic mind and an education in engineering, physics, and Judo with the feistiness of a street fighter, Feldenkrais lived an eventful life driven by his extraordinary curiosity. As a philosopher he could be described as a pragmatic

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Evidence for the Effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method

James Stephens and Susan Hillier

In this paper, we review experimental evidence for the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais method (FM) in changing performance in the areas of general function, mobility, and balance, as well as for pain management. We primarily focus on results from randomized-control-trial (RCT) studies but also

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Getting Grounded Gracefully©: Effectiveness and Acceptability of Feldenkrais in Improving Balance

Freda Vrantsidis, Keith D. Hill, Kirsten Moore, Robert Webb, Susan Hunt, and Leslie Dowson

The Getting Grounded Gracefully© program, based on the Awareness Through Movement lessons of the Feldenkrais method, was designed to improve balance and function in older people. Fifty-five participants (mean age 75, 85% women) were randomized to an intervention (twice-weekly group classes over 8 wk) or a control group (continued with their usual activity) after being assessed at baseline and then reassessed 8 wk later. Significant improvement was identified for the intervention group relative to the control group using ANOVA between-groups repeated-measures analysis for the Modified Falls Efficacy Scale score (p = .003) and gait speed (p = .028), and a strong trend was evident in the timed up-and-go (p = .056). High class attendance (88%) and survey feedback indicate that the program was viewed positively by participants and might therefore be acceptable to other older people. Further investigation of the Getting Grounded Gracefully program is warranted.

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Re-Education: What Can Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Movement Education Teach Kinesiology?

David I. Anderson

, qi gong, hypnotherapy, Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique, Pilates, Rolfing structural integration, and Trager psychophysical integration. Many other practices are not listed. Practitioners and theorists have used the label “bodywork” to collectively refer to the approaches recognized by NCCIH

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Exploration of the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method

Catherine Carreiro

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The Somatic Work of Thomas Hanna, Tai Chi, and Kinesiology

Bradford C. Bennett

somatically oriented scientists such as Charles Darwin, Konrad Lorentz, and Hans Selye. In addition, he studied neurophysiology and biofeedback and practiced yoga, gaining insight into how an individual could change. Only then did he find the work of the pioneering somatic educators. Moshe Feldenkrais and F

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Somaesthetics in Context

Richard Shusterman

methods of somatic practices (both ancient and modern) that are familiar to both professional movement educators and the general public, such as yoga, taiji quan, the Alexander technique, the Feldenkrais method, and bioenergetics. Rather than offering a particular set of specific principles and

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If It All Comes Down to Bodily Awareness, How Do We Know? Assessing Bodily Awareness

Wolf E. Mehling

It has been suggested that improvement in bodily awareness is a key mechanism of action for many movement therapies ( Mehling et al., 2011 ). Examples of these mind–body therapies include mindful movement, integrative exercise, movement-education approaches named after or by founding teachers (e.g., Feldenkrais

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An Excellent Adventure on Some Roads Less Traveled

David I. Anderson

back surgery, I was fortunate to work with a very progressive physiotherapist who introduced me to the Feldenkrais method, a method partly inspired by the time Moshe Feldenkrais spent working with Alexander. The therapist worked aspects of the method into the “exercises” she prescribed for me. She also

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Is Physical Activity Associated With Physical Performance in Adults With Intellectual Disability?

Jian Xu, Poram Choi, Robert W. Motl, and Stamatis Agiovlasitis

. , Polo , V. , Dunabeitia , I. , Bidaurrazaga-Letona , I. , Garcia-Gil , M. , Rodriguez-Larrad , A. , & Irazusta , J. ( 2017 ). The Feldenkrais Method improves functioning and body balance in people with intellectual disability in supported employment: A randomized clinical trial . Research