Developed by Moshé Feldenkrais, DSc (1904–1984), the Feldenkrais Method is a somatic educational system that aims to improve the range of movement, aiming to expand and refine the use of the self through awareness (propreoception), in order to reduce any limitations in movement (including any resultant pain), promoting general well-being. Usually regarded as a complementary medicine practice, although in Sweden it is practised within the general healthcare system.
Moshe Feldenkrais was a distinguished scientist and engineer whose career included work at the Curie Institute in Paris in the 1930’s. He believed that good health is founded on good function and asserted that his method of body/mind exploration improved health by making individuals more aware of their minds and bodies: “What I am after is more flexible minds, not just more flexible bodies”.
This is a method that employs self-awareness, experiential self-education and movement…………. Self-movement rather than movement through manipulation. His background as a physicist and engineer was augmented by his love of the martial
arts (Judo & Ju Jitsu) went a long way towards his pioneering work.
There have been several scientific studies carried out to investigate the effect of Feldenkrais treatments. One of these, in 1999, used a randomized controlled trial to investigate whether Feldenkrais or physiotherapy would reduce complaints from neck pain, shoulder pain and disability. There were three groups and the participants were randomly assigned to 1) the Feldenkrais program, 2) physiotherapy treatment, or 3) a control group. The Feldenkrais and physiotherapy groups were given over 16 weeks of paid work. The Feldenkrais group showed a significant decrease in complaints from neck and shoulders and in disability during leisure time. The Physiotherapy group showed no change in complaints and the Control group showed a worsening.
- Greater relaxation and well-being.
- Relief from tension and muscular pain.
- Easier and fuller breathing.
- Increased vitality.
- Improved performance.
- Greater ease in everyday activities.
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Further information on Feldenkrais including case studies, etc.
- The Feldenkrais Guild UK
- International Feldenkrais Federation
- Feldenkrais Method
- What is the Feldenkrais Method?
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