Feldenkrais Method® Teachers Mostly in West and Northeast

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Aug 16, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Most certified Feldenkrais® practitioners in the United States practice in the West or Northeast, do not hold other credentials as traditional or alternative healthcare providers and have part-time practices, according to a preliminary survey published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2010; 10, [1], 12). The survey’s aim was to obtain initial information about practitioner characteristics and practice patterns in order to assist in designing future studies to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Feldenkrais as a somatic (body-centered) education method.

At the time of the survey, 1,300 people were certified as Feldenkrais practitioners, and 1,193 practitioners with e-mail accounts received a participation request. Survey questions requested details on each respondent’s geographic location; licensing or certification as a traditional or alternative healthcare provider; and average number of clients. The response rate was 32%.

Survey author Patricia A. Buchanan, PhD, PT, GCFT, associate professor at Des Moines University in Indiana, said, “I’m in the process of developing an expanded survey that should provide more extensive information about U.S. Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teachers®, the services they provide to clients, the main reasons that people seek lessons from Feldenkrais teachers, and more. I hope this new study will assist ongoing research efforts to examine reports of enhanced self-awareness and increased efficiency of movement following Feldenkrais lessons.”

For more information about Feldenkrais research, check out the Feldenkrais Science Network website at www.feldscinet.org

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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 www.shirleyarcher.com.