Review of Oct 31 2021 IFF Research Working Group Event: Overview of Existing Research

Congratulations to the organisers and to Cliff Smyth and Susan Hillier for this well-attended, fascinating online event.

Moshe Feldenkrais gave us a method and a clear research agenda to test the efficacy of his method. The purpose of the method is personal change: gaining the options to realise our intentions and change our lives for the better. The mechanism that empowers the method is learning. As the Feldenkrais Method is a physical practice change is experienced first as improved movement.

Eric Kiernan PhD CFP

Eric had had earlier careers as an academic economist and organisational consultant. Blending the rigours of an academic approach with psychological and somatic approaches allows him to offer his work to a wide range of people.

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Case Studies: Doing them and how they can be used – A presentation with discussion

Online Event
of the IFF Research Working Group
January 23rd 2022, 9PM CET

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Jim Stephens PhD, PT, CFP

Jim Stephens finished his PhD in Neuroscience and a clinical degree in Physical Therapy before becoming a Feldenkrais practitioner, completing the Toronto training in 1987. He has worked in clinical practice using both Feldenkrais method and physical therapy and continues to do a small clinical practice. He has published a number of peer reviewed papers on Feldenkrais Method including case studies.
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What is Evidence?

Recently, Dr Cliff Smyth and Prof Susan Hillier gave us an informed discussion of the state of current research on the Feldenkrais method. As my colleague Dr Eric Kieran has said elsewhere in this newsletter it was heartening to see so much quality research being conducted.  

The discussion stimulated, for me, a lot of thinking about what constitutes ‘evidence’ and why it matters. Scientific evidence for the efficacy of the Feldenkrais method is one way to establish and legitimate the credibility of the Method in the world of academic scholarship. It would invite critical scrutiny from international scholars and probably likely accelerate the growth and development of the Method. But beyond this, access to the academy and its intellectual resources provides Feldenkrais practitioners with the opportunity to develop their own research questions based on evidence from their practice. 

Theresa Sawicka PhD

Prior to my recent retirement from formal academic life I was a university administrator: I worked in two universities in New Zealand as both a Director of a Graduate School and as an Associate Director of a Research Office. Originally trained as a Cultural Anthropologist I worked as a Research Fellow on various research projects and prior to that on my PhD. I graduated as a Feldenkrais practitioner in 2010.
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Newspaper Science: Safe? Effective? How does it work? – What kind of research can we do?

The International Feldenkrais Federation Research Working Group (IFF RWG) is a network of Feldenkrais teachers that spans the globe. This network of academically trained scientists is a diverse group. Their research experience covers a wide range of scientific fields. On October 31 the network hosted its first online workshop. Susan Hillier, in Adelaide, Australia and Cliff Smyth in San Francisco discussed projects that have already been done.* They were looking at quantitative and qualitative research, methods that are often seen as opposites.

photo credits: Barbara Hohenadl, Heidelberg, Germany

Roger Russell, M.A., PT,

training with Moshé Feldenkrais in San Francisco, Amherst and Israel (1975- 1982). A movement scientist, physical therapist and Feldenkrais trainer he is co-director of the Feldenkrais-Zentrum in Heidelberg, Germany. Since 1975 he has been intrigued by the network of ideas which stands behind the practical methods that Feldenkrais developed.  He is one of the initiators of the Feldenkrais Science Network and a leading participant in the FGNA/FEFNA symposia Movement and the Development of Sense of Self (2004) and Embodying Neuroscience (2012) as well as presenting Feldenkrais in conferences in Paris, Berlin, Oxford and Heidelberg.
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Join in the Journal Process

IFF Feldenkrais Research Journal – Call for Articles and Volunteers

Join us in sharing your learnings and passion with interested colleagues across the globe.  We invite you to contribute to the IFF Feldenkrais Research Journal: Volumes 7 and 8 are underway.  These volumes will use continuous on-line publication: articles will be published as the editorial and formatting process is finalised.  It is always the right time to join in the process of making the Feldenkrais Research Journal!  

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