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.