The Feldenkrais Method: a dynamic approach to changing motor behavior

Res Q Exerc Sport. 2001 Dec;72(4):315-23. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2001.10608968.


This tutorial describes the Feldenkrais Method and points to parallels with a dynamic systems theory (DST) approach to motor behavior Feldenkrais is an educational system designed to use movement and perception to foster individualized improvement in function. Moshe Feldenkrais, its originator, believed his method enhanced people's ability to discover flexible and adaptable behavior and that behaviors are self-organized. Similarly, DST explains that a human-environment system is continually adapting to changing conditions and assembling behaviors accordingly. Despite little research, Feldenkrais is being used with people of widely ranging ages and abilities in varied settings. We propose that DSTprovides an integrated foundation for research on the Feldenkrais Method, suggest research questions, and encourage researchers to test the fundamental tenets of Feldenkrais.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Awareness / physiology*
  • Consciousness
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology*
  • Models, Psychological
  • Movement*
  • Psychomotor Performance*
  • Self-Evaluation Programs / methods