Research on the Feldenkrais Method – An Overview of What Has Been Done so Far

ONLINE EVENT: 31 October, 2021
21:00 to 22:30 CET, Zoom

Research on the Feldenkrais Method – An Overview of What Has Been Done so Far

Susan Hillier, PhD and Cliff Smyth, PhD

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Susan Hillier, PhD Professor Susan Hillier is Dean: Research at the University of South Australia. She is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner (Melbourne 1991) and Trainer. Her personal practice, teaching and research have a broad focus on the neuroscience of sensing and moving – in particular for people who have sustained an injury or illness that impacts their function in daily life.

Cliff Smyth, PhD, GCFP. Cliff has been practicing Feldenkrais Method for 30 years. As a member of the IFF Board and more recently the Research Steering Committee, he was involved in starting the IFF’s research lists, the Feldenkrais Research Journal, and the current research network initiatives. He is a Faculty Member in the Department of Mind-Body Medicine, at Saybrook University. He is the editor of the Feldenkrais Research Journal.


Research offers us many ways of “knowing” and “understanding”.

Therefore, research can offer us ways of understanding the Feldenkrais Method – in the way it is experienced; the potential pathways by which it influences our lives; and the potential effects of those experiences – for people generally, specific groups or individuals. Good research is based on questions and explorations of answers to those questions. Just like Feldenkrais.

In this presentation with time for questions Susan Hillier and Cliff Smyth , two experienced researchers and Feldenkrais Practitioners will discuss the ways research and the Method intersect to be of mutual benefit. In describing the kinds of research that have been done they will present an overview and examples of the research that has been done so far using different research methods, and in diverse fields.

In reviewing what has been done so far, we can contribute to a conversation of where we could go next.

After the presentation there will be a Q&A and discussion part.

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For people who can`t participate in real time, there is also the option to send questions in advance. Please send questions to: