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?
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, PhD. 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, PhD by clicking here.
6. How do I learn
The Feldenkrais Method?
Awareness Through Movement lessons
are typically taught in a group setting with over one thousand lessons
available. Functional Integration 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
7. What is a certified
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?
If you visit or reside in the San Francisco
Bay Area, New York, or Sydney, Australia you can write 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