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Becoming a Certified Feldenkrais Teacher

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Feb 01, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education, developed by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904–1984), continues to grow in popularity. The purpose of Feldenkrais training is to improve movement and enhance functionality. The two main programs consist of group classes known as Awareness Through Movement® and private sessions referred to as Functional Integration®. In the group classes, an instructor leads students through a sequence of slow, gentle movements in a variety of positions: sitting or lying on the floor; and standing or sitting in a chair. In private sessions, the student performs a variety of movements tailored to his or her needs while the trainer offers guidance and tactile feedback.

Professional teacher training to become a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner requires 780–800 hours of training and typically takes 3–4 years. For more information, go to

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at