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FeldSciNet for Researchers and Practitioners

FeldSciNet is for people interested in actively doing or supporting research concerning the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. It is a space in which Feldenkrais practitioners with research interests and researchers who are exploring human development in educational, clinical, and research circles can all cross paths. Through this forum, we can discover common interests, combine resources, and share our findings with others.

Featured  Article

Moving with Ease: Feldenkrais Method Classes for People with Osteoarthritis

By Robert Webb, Feldenkrais® training program graduate

Objective. To investigate the effects of Feldenkrais Method classes on gait, balance, function, and pain in people with osteoarthritis.
Design. Prospective study with pre-/post measures. Setting. Community. Participants. Convenience sample of 15 community dwelling
adults with osteoarthritis (mean age 67 years) attending Feldenkrais Method classes. Intervention. Series of Feldenkrais
Method classes, two classes/week for 30 weeks. Main outcome measures: Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis
scale, Human Activity Profile, stair climbing test, 6-minute walk test, timed up-and-go test, Four Square Step Test (4SST), gait
analysis, and assessment of quality of life (AQoL). Results. Participants improved on the 4SST and on some gait parameters. They
also reported a greater ease of movement. Conclusions. A 30-week series of Feldenkrais classes held twice per week was feasible in
the community setting. The lessons led to improvements in performance of the four square step test and changes in gait.

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Featured  Book  Review

The Psychophysiology of Self-Awareness: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Body Sense

Reviewed By Patricia A. Buchanan, Feldenkrais® training program graduate

In the Psychophysiology of Self-Awareness, Alan Fogel, PhD shares his expertise as a developmental psychologist and embodied self-awareness practitioner (Rosen Method Bodywork) in a manner that restores key concepts to the foreground for more expert readers while simultaneously preparing newcomers to delve deeper. He was a colleague and friend of Esther Thelen, PhD, GCFP for over twenty years, and began his interactions with the Feldenkrais Method® community in the early 1990s at the invitation of Mark Reese. Fogel has searched the literature of neuroscience and neurology, clinical psychology and psychiatry, immunology, cognitive science, linguistics, exercise science, evolutionary science, and developmental psychology to provide discipline-specific insights with common ground in human anatomy and physiology. Woven throughout his descriptions of the neurophysiology of posture, emotions, and chronic tension are practice examples, occasional experiential sidebars, and case reports that illustrate the scientific themes. He offers Feldenkrais practitioners foundational information to enhance their work and to answer students’ questions. Fogel hopes practitioners will see and make use of the common ground he lays before us in the Psychophysiology of Self-Awareness. (revised 4-12-10)

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Newest  Project

MOVING WITH EASE: FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT™ LESSONS FOR PEOPLE WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS

By Robert Webb, Feldenkrais® training program graduate

In this project a 30-week program of two ATM lessons per week will be provided to people aged 55-75 who have Osteoarthritis of the hip, knee or ankle.
Participants will be assessed at the Rehabilitation Sciences Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia before and after the program to determine outcomes. Tests include 3-dimensional gait analysis and leg power test, pre-post testing for function (timed up and go, four square step test, and 6 minute walk test) quality of life and activity level.

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We are back in San Mateo for "A Potent Practice," the Feldenkrais Method® Annual Conference Wednesday, August 28--Monday, September 2, 2013. Share your research and scholarship during the conference and at the Research Forum on Wednesday evening. More information about the conference and the call for research abstracts, submission deadline July 15, 2013, is available here.


The purpose of FeldSciNet is to promote collaboration between the Feldenkrais Method® community and interested scientists, scholars and researchers. More …


FeldSciNet, or Feldenkrais® Science Network, is a project of the Esther Thelen, Ph.D., G.C.F.P. Research and Education Fund of the Feldenkrais® Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA). More …


The Thelen Fund is named in honor of developmental psychologist Esther Thelen, Ph.D., G.C.F.P. The objectives of this fund reflect Esther Thelen’s commitments to principled scientific inquiry, professional and personal development, and translational actions that foster societal change. More …


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