In November 2020 the IFF Research Working Group launched a series of online events about research and the Feldenkrais Method. The events were organized by the IFF Research Events Task Group. Renowned researchers were invited as speakers, Feldenkrais practitioners, assistant trainers and trainers from around the world participated. The goals of these events are to provide information about research methods, ongoing research, the results of past research projects and to enable discussion about future research opportunities.
The recordings of the videos published on this page provide a resource for all Feldenkrais practitioners and training students interested in the scientific groundings of the Feldenkrais Method and research questions.
Research events in chronological order:
- IFF Research Network Kick Off Meeting
- Research on the Feldenkrais Method – An Overview of What Has Been Done so Far
- Case Studies – Doing Them And How They Can Be Used
- The Feldenkrais Method as Practical Psycho-Physiology – Research Insights
- Understanding Movement – What Can Movement Science Offer to Feldenkrais Researchers?
- Presentation of the Feldenkrais Reference Database
- Introducing the Feldenkrais Research Journal – Who, What, Why, How, When, and Where?
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1. IFF Research Network Kick Off Meeting
2020-11-21, IFF Research Group Steering Committee
The kick off meeting for the IFF Research Network provided basic information about the IFF Research Group and the IFF Research Network. The Research Group presented its work and the aims and history of the group, laid out the ideas and visions for the IFF Research Network and discussed plans and possibilities for participation.
2. Research on the Feldenkrais Method –
An Overview of What Has Been Done so Far
2021-10-31, Susan Hillier, PhD and Cliff Smyth, PhD
In this presentation Susan Hillier and Cliff Smyth, two experienced researchers and Feldenkrais Practitioners discuss the ways research and the Method intersect to be of mutual benefit. In describing the kinds of research that have been done they 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.
3. Case Studies – Doing Them And How They Can Be Used
2022-01-23, Jim Stephens, PhD, PT, CFP
In this presentation the experienced Feldenkrais practitioner, physical therapist and researcher Jim Stephens will discuss different types of case studies, some of the requirements for doing a good case study and how they can be used by both practitioners in their work with clients as guidance for responses to the Feldenkrais process and by researchers as a way of refining their questions for future larger research studies.
4. The Feldenkrais Method as Practical Psycho-Physiology – Research Insights
2022-04-03, Hillel Braude, MBBCH PhD
The Feldenkrais Method is generally described as a form of somatic education or therapeutic practice designed to improve daily function. I propose, however, that the Feldenkrais Method is a kind of practical physiological psychology. This field of psychology takes an empirical and practical approach when studying the brain and human behavior. Considering the Feldenkrais Method as a form of applied psycho-physiology provides a deeper grounding of its embodied methodology into the relation between brain and behavior than does defining it simply as a form of somatic education or therapeutic practice. Moreover, conceptualizing the Feldenkrais Method as a form of psycho-physiology has positive implications both in terms of developing appropriate methodologies for its study, as well as using the Method itself to generate research hypotheses. This approach presents a means of incorporating the Feldenkrais Method into generating actual psycho-physiological research, and not merely in terms of studying the results of its practice as a terminus ad quem.
5. Understanding Movement – What Can Movement Science Offer to Feldenkrais Researchers?
2022-05-15, Beatrix Vereijken, PhD MSc, Diane Hannemann, PhD and Roger Russell, MA, PT
Movement science is one of the multiple perspectives for researching the Feldenkrais Method. Since its rise in the 1980s, the field has grown rapidly in the sophistication of research methods, its theoretical depth and innovative applications. Beatrix Vereijken gives a short introduction to movement science and reviews her professional path. She discuss es theoretical relationships to the Feldenkrais Method and converses with us about research resources available for Feldenkrais researchers. She also speaks about her current research with large patient cohorts utilizing wearable movement sensors that can detect each individual’s way of moving and why these technical wonders need to be matched with individual reports and interviews to understand what matters most to people.
6. Presentation of the Feldenkrais Reference Database
2022-06-26, IFF Research Group Database Group
The members of the Database Group present the revised Feldenkrais Reference Database. They have been working through more than 800 publications, bringing more order and better search possibilities. The new database that they have created makes Feldenkrais academic articles and research reports from around the world available online for anyone: researchers, professionals, funding agencies, universities, journalists and the public. The event includes a presentation about how to use the data base.
7. Introducing the Feldenkrais Research Journal – Who, What, Why, How, When, and Where?
2022-10-30, Cliff Smyth, PhD and Hillel Braude, MD, PhD
In this presentation we introduce the Feldenkrais Research Journal as a vital instrument for promoting Feldenkrais research. We look at its place for the Feldenkrais professional community and at its place in the world. What special roles does it fulfill in developing ideas and promoting research? Research, writing about research, and the ideas that underpin our practice are vital to having a mature and successful field of practice. We explore: Where to find the journal, the kinds of articles we publish, the process of review and editing, how to propose an article to the journal, specific ways that practitioners can be involved and can benefit from being involved, and much more.
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