From the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Move to Improve: The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education,” by Nancy Wozny, in the November 2009 issue. Article summary: Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., was one of the first health-care professionals to explore how neuromuscular habits relate to our ease of motion. Feldenkrais focused more on patterns rather than problems. His method is designed to help people become more fully aware of how the whole self participates in every movement.

Feldenkrais® teachers attend 800 hours of training and often come from dance, physical therapy and massage backgrounds. Typically, trainings are arranged for eight weeks a year over four years, with time built in for assimilation and practice.

There are approximately 1,600 U.S. and Canadian practitioners working in educational, health and clinical settings. Feldenkrais Method® students are exposed to several different trainers during the course of their training, which allows a diverse experience.

For more information, contact the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America, (800) 775-2118 or visit www.feldenkrais.com.

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