The Feldenkrais Method® uses the intelligence of the human nervous system and its ability to learn. The Feldenkrais Method develops sensory awareness by exploring movement and helps clients recognize habits of movement and posture. Increasing the awareness of habitual postures and movement patterns potentiates the ability to learn new options, developing better choices for movement that foster health and healing. Learning to use the body more intelligently can help reduce occupational injuries, falls, chronic pain and many symptoms associated with chronic diseases.
The Feldenkrais Method offers a safe and gentle way to improve movement capability. It teaches greater control and enjoyment of movement for clients of any age, ability, and level of mobility. The resultant learning generates significant preventative, rehabilitative and therapeutic outcomes. In particular, this approach is beneficial in people with joint or soft tissue pain, movement restriction or neurological impairment or deficit.
Recent scientific research in neurology and neuroplasticity give further validity and comprehension of the principles of the Feldenkrais Method. See Q&A on Dr Norman Doidge's book about neuroplasticity and Feldenkrais Method, or read article by Eileen Bach y Rita.
Research articles showing outcomes and benefits of the Feldenkrais Method are availabe in the Research section.
The Australian Feldenkrais Guild is a member of Painaustralia Limited. For more information about the Feldenkrais Method in the management of chronic pain, including handouts and submission prepared for the National Pain Summit, click here.
Submission document for the recognition of the Feldenkrais Method as a rebatable modality is available. The document was revised in 2012 and includes a table with available Research at that time.
Information on Private Health Insurance rebates
Renowned neuroscientist Dr Michael Merzenich talks of how his thinking is influenced by the Feldenkrais Method.