Revised Reference Database
The Feldenkrais reference database has been recently (2022) revised by the database working group in the following ways
- Devised a comprehensive system of tagging and applied this system to each of the items in the database
- Methodically looked up and checked each item on the database and added any missing metadata such as the abstract, the DOI number and the URL where possible
- Created folders in accordance with conventional classification in librarianship and added each of the items to one of the folders accordingly
- Have added additional publications
- Not deleted any information or article in the previous version of the database.
The database is a continual work in progress. If you have anything to contribute or correct, please send any relevant information to
Tags and Abbreviations
You can find a list of all the tags and abbreviations used to tag the items in the database here.
Levels of Evidence
When looking at interventional/clinical studies, several classification systems have been developed to rank these studies in terms of how reliable they are and how they reduce bias.
We decided to use the classification system from the University of Oxford Centre for Evidenced-Based Medicine (OCEBM). The OCEBM is a widely used and accepted classification system. The database team applied level of evidence tags to the relevant articles according to the OCEBM classification system.
This article may also be of interest: ‘Establishing Causal Claims in Medicine’.
It was decided that it would be an impossible task to curate collections based on the diverse range of topics/themes the Feldenkrais Method covers. Instead, the items have been extensively and comprehensively tagged to enable people to curate their own collection according to their own needs.
The previously curated German collection can now be found under the tag ‘curated collection’.
The database group has translated the abstracts of articles written in languages other than English into English using DeepL, a neural machine translation service. DeepL is fairly accurate in translation, however translations may not be grammatically perfect. The purpose of the translation was to give the reader an idea of what the article was about and allow them to see if the article suits their needs.
Zotero Reference Manager
The research group has used Zotero as their reference manager. Zotero is a free, open-source reference manager for Windows, Macs and Linux machines.
There are two different ways to use Zotero to conduct your searches, web-based and download Zotero software onto your computer.
Web-based Reference Database
With the web-based Zotero, you can only conduct searches through the browser interface. You won’t be able to change or add anything there.
The web-based reference database can be found here. However, if you wish to create your own folders, tags, add articles, etc… , you will first need to download the Zotero software.
Download the Zotero Software
To download Zotero onto your computer, please follow the set-up instructions.
After downloading the Zotero software, you will then need to upload the RIS file or the Feldenkrais reference database into the Zotero reference manager. The RIS file for the Feldenkrais reference database can be found here.
Note: The RIS file can also be uploaded into other citation managers that you are familiar with, such as Endnote.
Tutorial of the Feldenkrais Reference Database
Database Working Group Presentation
Contact the Database Working Group
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From Moshe’s Bookshelf
Books Moshé Feldenkrais recommended in the San Francisco training in 1975 can be found here.
Current Database Team
You can find out about the current database team here.
The foundation of the content of the Feldenkrais Studies reference database is the result of a project -co-funded by the IFF- to conduct a new meta-search regarding the Feldenkrais Method in the academic library databases provided by the University of Vienna as well as a cross-check and update of existing reference lists.
The first IFF research list was started by former IFF Board Member Cliff Smyth in 1993. It has been managed and significantly expanded by other former Board Members: Werner Krauss and Rob Black – with contributions from Jim Stephens, Pat Buchanan, and others – over many years.
The project team to create a new and updated reference database for the IFF in 2015 was comprised of Cliff Smyth, Wolfgang Säckl, Dav Clark, Jessica Taylor and Stefan Wiltschnig (as Project Coordinator).