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Feldenkrais Method®

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • ATM, Awareness Through Movement®, bodywork, Feldenkrais bodywork, Functional Integration®, gestalt synergy.
  • Not included in this review: Nonspecific massage, nonspecific bodywork.
  • Note: The Feldenkrais Method® is a specific technique of body manipulation and massage. This monograph includes only evidence and information related specifically to Feldenkrais and does not include analysis of data regarding nonspecific mind-body or physical manipulation techniques.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • The Feldenkrais Method® was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), a Russian-born Israeli physicist who was disabled from a knee injury. Dr. Feldenkrais called on his formal training in science and martial arts to develop an approach that aimed to help the body move in more natural and comfortable ways (1).
  • The Feldenkrais technique involves stretching, reaching, and changing posture in specific patterns. In some cases, it includes a form of massage. In general, the emphasis of the Feldenkrais Method® is to provide supportive therapy or physical rehabilitation. The Feldenkrais Method® has not historically been viewed as a curative approach to most diseases, and it is most likely to be recommended by practitioners in conjunction with conventional medical interventions (2).
  • Recently, the Feldenkrais Method® has been studied as a means to improve muscle and joint pain, to improve quality of life in chronic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, and to reduce anxiety levels. Research is still early in these areas, without conclusive evidence.
  • The Feldenkrais Method® can be offered only by practitioners who have been trained in accredited programs. Practitioners are registered with Feldenkrais guilds worldwide. In the United States and Canada, the practice of the Feldenkrais Method® is not governmentally regulated.

Dosing/Toxicology

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Interactions

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Mechanism of Action

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History

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Evidence Table

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Evidence Discussion

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References

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The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.