The Feldenkrais Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA) supports theoretically grounded research that extends and advances the Feldenkrais Method. There is a growing body of research conducted by scientists, scholars, and Feldenkrais practitioners around the world exploring all aspects of the Feldenkrais Method, including its efficacy, applications, theoretical foundations, and more.
Robert Sussuma's article, Baring the Bones: Making the Shift from a Muscular to a Skeletal Paradigm in Voice Training, was published in the February 2019 issue of Voice and Speech Review. You can read the introduction here. Additionally, he will present a workshop at the Pan European Voice Conference (PEVoC) in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2019, FROM THE GROUND UP: Exploring and Optimizing the Elusive Foot/Voice Connection.
Lisa Burrell will present a workshop entitled Feldenkrais® as Pedagogy in the Music Classroom and Teaching Studio at the International Conference of IC-CIPEM (Institute of Psychology of Music and Music Education) on Challenges in Music Education, in Porto, Portugal. The conference takes place September 19-21, 2019, and features researchers, teachers, and musicians concerned with and actively exploring current challenges in music education around the world.
The second Feldenkrais Awareness Summit, "The Map IS the Territory," brought thousands of people worldwide into the applications of The Feldenkrais Method. Produced by Cynthia Allen, it featured several different "tracks," from Creativity to Neurological Disorders, with speakers that ranged from scientists to architects. Over 6000 people registered, and many of the panelists were members of FGNA. If you missed it, you can still purchase access to the Summit here.
Nick Strauss-Klein has launched a new online donor-supported ATM resource, the Feldenkrais Project. It's a free-to-use site with over 40-hours of high quality live ATM class recordings, edited with the home user in mind. The site's publication in March marked the culmination of 8 months of volunteer work and over $8000 of fundraising from 150 worldwide donors.
When I began my Feldenkrais® life; in San Francisco in early June 1975, Carl Ginsburg was there. Even during that first summer, Carl’s thoughtful voice resonated through all of the excitement in his quiet way. His voice continued to come through, not loud but clear, over the decades of pioneering passion and friction as the Feldenkrais community grew. Whether it was his organizational-political wisdom or professional insight; Carl’s presence was always there. Now he is gone. On December 23, 2018, around 11 PM CET, Carl Solomon Ginsburg died.
Ira Feinstein: How did you become interested in exploring how the Feldenkrais Method® can help those living with neuropathy?
Becci Parsons: I’m a Feldenkrais® practitioner living with neuropathy.
Over the course of my active life, I've had a number of disc injuries. My original disc herniation was in 1992, a year after I became a Feldenkrais practitioner. I managed pretty well for a few years, largely because of what I learned during my professional Feldenkrais training. When my disc fragmented and the fragments traveled and compressed my spine nerve root, which innervated my foot, surgery became a necessity.
Do your part to help FGNA protect its service and certification marks: use them properly.
Did you know that if you develop a new service, you may not use FGNA service marks to refer to that new service? In other words, you can't say that your new service is "based on the Feldenkrais Method®."
For many of you who think of the Feldenkrais Method® as it relates to helping with painful and other debilitating conditions, this might seem like an odd theme. I certainly would have thought so when I embarked on my journey with this method back in the 1990s. I was a physical therapist merely looking for a more holistic approach to the physical problems people brought my way. By the time I graduated from my training in 2003 I felt I had found that.