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Research on the

Feldenkrais Method

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Thesis, Dissertations and other Projects:

Bober J. (anticipated completion: 2004). Perceived Influences of Feldenkrais Somatic Practices on Motor Learning and Control, and Creativity in Dance. Laban/City University, London

Bober J. (2001). The Feldenkrais Method as a Somatic Approach to Learning to Dance: Case Studies Considered in Relation to Theories of Motor Learning. Unpublished master' s thesis, Laban/City University, London

Call, S., Evans, K., Glass, M., Gould, C., Lowe, J., & Stephens, J. (1998). Awareness Through Movement as a method of improving coordination, efficiency of movement and gait, fatigue and quality of life in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Unpublished master' s thesis, Institute for Physical Therapy Education, University, Chester, PA.

Cheever, O. L. (1995). Education as transformation in American psychiatry: From voices of control to voices of connection. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.

Deig, D. (1994). Self image in relationship to Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes. Independent study project, University of Indianapolis.

Dennenberg, N., & Reeves, G. D. (1995). Changes in health locus of control and activities of daily living in a physical therapy clinic using the Feldenkrais Method of sensory motor education. Unpublished master's thesis, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

Ideberg, G. & Werner, M. (1995).Gait Assessment by three dimensional motion analysis in subjects with chronic low back pain treated according to Feldenkrais principles. An exploratory study. Unpublished manuscript, Lund University, Department of Physical Therapy, Lund, Sweden.

Elgelid H. S. (1999). Feldenkrais and body image. Unpublished master' s thesis, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AK.

Gilman, M. (1997). Reduction of tension in stuttering through somatic re-education. Unpublished master' s thesis, Northwestern University. Evanston, IL.

Goldfarb, L. W. (1995).Understanding standing. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.

Goldfarb, L. W. (1990). Articulating changes: Preliminary notes to a theory for Feldenkrais. Published master's thesis. Feldenkrais Resources, Berkeley, CA.

Hall, S.E, Criddle, A., Ring, A., Bladen, C., Tapper, J., Yin. R., Cosgrove, A., & Hu Yu-Li. (1999). Study of the effects of various forms of exercise on balance in older women. Unpublished manuscript. Healthway Starter Grant, File #7672, Dept of Rehabilitation, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia.

Haller, J. S. (1988). Sensorimotor education and transpersonal psychology: Applications of the Feldenkrais Method, Aikido, and Neurolinguistic Programming with the St. Joseph' s University basketball team. Published doctoral dissertation, Feldenkrais Resources, Berkeley.

Irani, S. F., Lebonette, L. S., Morley, J. D., Pankowski, K. M., Pell, K. L., & Stephens, J. (1998). Awareness Through Movement: An intervention strategy for improving coordination and economy of movement in a group of well elderly people. Unpublished master' s thesis, Widener University, Institute for Physical Therapy Education University, Chester, PA.

Long, W . (2002). Sensing difference: Student and teacher perceptions on the integration of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education and contemporary dance technique. Unpublished masters thesis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Narula, M. (1993). Effect the six week Awareness Through Movement lessons (The Feldenkrais Method) on selected functional movement parameters in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. Master's thesis, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

Ofir R. (1993). A heuristic investigation of the process of motor learning using Feldenkrais method in physical rehabilitation of two young women with traumatic brain injury. Unpublished Doctoral dissertation, Union Institute, NY.

Pendergast C, Roller BA, Weiskittel RS & Stephens J. (1997). Awareness Through Movement as a strategy for improving coordination and economy of movement in older adults. Unpublished master's thesis, Widener University, Institute for Physical Therapy Education, Chester, PA.

Phipps, A., Lopez, R., Powell, R., Lundy-Ekman, L., & Maebori, D. (1997). A functional outcome study on the use of movement re-education in chronic pain management. Unpublished master's thesis, Pacific University, School of Physical Therapy, Forest Grove, Oregon.

Saraswati, S. (1989). Investigation of Human Postural Muscles and Respiratory Movements. Unpublished master's thesis, University of New South Wales.

Shelhav-Silberbush, Chava. (1988). The Feldenkrais Method for children with Cerebral Palsy. Published master's thesis. Boston University School of Education, Published by Feldenkrais Resources, Berkeley, CA.

Shelhav-Silberbush, Chava. (1998). Movement and learning: The Feldenkrais Method as a learning model. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Faculty of Sociology and Behavioral Science. Heidelberg University, Germany.

Steisel, S.G. (1993). The client's experience of the psychological elements in Functional Integration. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Ann Arbor, MI.

Stephens., J., Davidson, J.A., DeRosa J.T., Kritz, M.E., & Saltzman, N.A. (2000). Effects of Awareness Through Movement, a motor learning strategy, on hamstring length. Unpublished master's thesis, Widener University, Institute for Physical Therapy Education, Chester, PA.

Stephens, J., DuShuttle, D., Hatcher, C., Shmunes, J., & Slaninka, C. (2001). Improvements in balance and balance confidence resulting from use of Awareness Through Movement, a structured, group learning process: A randomized, controlled study in people with multiple sclerosis. Unpublished master's thesis, Widener University, Institute for Physical Therapy Education, Chester, PA.

Wendell L.L. (2000). Some effects of the Feldenkrais Method on Parkinson' s symptoms and function. Unpublished case study by LL Wendell client and Marilyn Johnson, Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

 

Abenhaim, L., Rossignol, M., Vaalat, J., Nordin, M., Avouac, B., Blotman, F., et al.(2000). The role of activity in the therapeutic management of back pain: Report of the Paris International Task Force on Back Pain. Spine, 25(4S Suppl.), 1S-33S.

Batson, G. (1990). Dancing fully, safely, and expressively – the role of the body therapies in dance training. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 61(9). 28-31.

Batson, G. (1993). The role of somatic education in dance medicine and rehabilitation. North Carolina Medical Journal, 54, 74-78.

Bearman, D. & Shafarman, S. (1999). Feldenkrais method in the treatment of chronic pain: A study of efficacy and cost effectiveness. American Journal of Pain Management, 9(1),22-27.

Bost, H., Burges, S., Russell, R., Ruttinger, H., & Schlafke, U. (1994). Feldstudie zur wiiksamkeit der Feldenkrais-Methode bei MS-betroffenen. Deutsche Multiple Sklerose Gesellschaft. Saarbrucken, Germany.

Brown, E., & Kegerreis, S. (1991). Electromyographic activity of trunk musculature during a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson. Isokinetics and Exercise Science 1, 216-221.

Buchanan, P.A., & Ulrich, B.D. (2001). The Feldenkrais Method®: A dynamic approach to changing motor behavior. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 72(4), 315-323.

Buchanan, P.A., & Vardaxis, V.G.(2000), Effects of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement on balance during standing. Journal of Athletic Training, 35, S-81.

Chinn, J., Trujillo, D., Kegerreis, S., & Worrell, T. (1994). Effect of a Feldenkrais intervention on symptomatic subjects performing a functional reach. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 4(4), 131-136.

Cottingham, J. T., & Maitland, J. (1997). A three paradigm treatment model using soft tissue mobilization and guided movement awareness techniques for a patient with chronic low back pain: A case study. The Journal of Orthopedic Sports and Physical Therapy 26, 155-167.

De Rosa, C. & Porterfield, J. (1992). A physical therapy model for the treatment of low back pain. Physical Therapy, 72(4), 261-272.

Dunn, P.A., & Rogers, D.K. (2000). Feldenkrais sensory imagery and forward reach. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 91, 755-757.

Euler, B. (2002). Integration of experience and behavior in physical therapy. Krankengymnastik, 54(1), 28-34, 2002. (In German)

Fortin, S., Long, W., & Lord, M. (2002). Three voices researching how somatic education informs contemporary dance technique classes. Research in Dance Education,3(2), 153-177.

Gilman, M., & Yaruss, J.S. (2000). Stuttering and relaxation: Applications for somatic education in stuttering treatment. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 25(1), 59-76.

Ginsburg, C. (1999). Body-image, movement and consciousness: Examples from a somatic practice in the Feldenkrais method. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6(2-3), 79-91.

Gutman, G., Brown, S., & Herbert, C. (1977). Feldenkrais vs. conventional exercise for the elderly. Journal of Gerontology 32, 562-572.

Hopper, C., Kolt, G.S., McConville, J.C. (1999). The effects of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement on hamstring length, flexibility and perceived exertion. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 3(4), 238-247.

Ives J.C.. & Sosnoff, J. (2000). Beyond the mind-body excercise hype. The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 28, 3.

Ives J.C., Shelley, G.A. (1998). The Feldenkrais Method in rehabilitation: A review. A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 11, 75-90.

James, M.L, Kolt, G.S., Hopper, C., McConville, J. C., & Bate, P. (1998). The effects of a Feldenkrais program and relaxation procedures on hamstring length. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 44, 49-54.

Johnson S.K., Frederick, J., Kaufman, M., & Mountjoy, B. (1999). A controlled investigation of bodywork in multiple sclerosis. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 5(3), 237-43.

Junker, J. Oberwittler C., Jackson, D.,  Berger, K. (2004). Utilization and perceived effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with dystonia. Movement Disorders, 19, 156-161.

Kerr, G.A., Kotynia, P., Kolt, G.S. (2002). Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement and state anxiety. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 6(2), 1-6.

Kolt, G.S., & McConville, J.C. (2000). The effects of a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement program on state anxiety. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 4(3), 216-220.

Lake, B. (1985). Acute back pain: Treatment by the application of Feldenkrais principles. Aust Fam Phys 14, 1175-1178

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Laumer, U., Bauer, M., Fichter, M., & Milz, H. (1997). Therapeutic effects of Feldenkrais Method Awareness Through Movement in patients with eating disorders. Psychotherapy Psychosomatic Medical Psychology, 47(5), 170-180.

Lowe, B., Breining, K., Wilke, S., Wellmann, R., Zipfel, S., & Eich, W. (2002). Quantitative and qualitative effects of Feldenkrais, progressive muscle relaxation, and standard medical treatment in patients after acute myocardial infarction. Psychotherapy Research, 12(2), 179-191.

Lundblad, I., Elert, J., & Gerdle, B. (1999). Randomized controlled trial of physiotherapy and Feldenkrais interventions in female workers with neck-shoulder complaints. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 9(3), 179-94.

Lusky, B.W., & Devlin K. (2001). Alternative therapies in the treatment of upper extremity dysfunction. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America, 10(4), 667-79.

Martin, R. (1994). The difficult groin: A Feldenkrais approach. Australian Physiotherapy Association. Sport Physiotherapy Group 3(September), 20-22.

Malmgren-Olsson, E., Armelius, B., & Armelius, K. (2001). A comparative outcome study of body awareness therapy, Feldenkrais, and conventional physiotherapy for patients with non-specific musculoskeletal disorders: Changes in psychological symptoms, pain and self-image. Physiotherapy-Theory-and-Practice, 17(2), 77-95.

Narula, M., Jackson, O., Kulig, K. (1992). The effects of six week Feldenkrais Method on selected functional parameters in a subject with rheumatoid arthritis. Physical Therapy, 72, (suppl.) S86.

Nelson, S.H., (1989). Playing with entire self: The Feldenkrais Method and musicians. Seminar of Neurology 9, 97-104.

Ruth, S., & Kegerreis, S. (1992). Facilitating cervical flexion using the Feldenkrais Method: Awareness Through Movement. Journal of Sports and Physical Therapy, 16(1), 25-29.

Seegert, E.M, & Shapiro, R. (1999). Effects of alternative exercise on posture. Clinical Kinesiology, 53(2), 41-47.

Smith, A.L., Kolt, G.S., McConville, J.C. (2001). The effect of the Feldenkrais Method on pain and anxiety in people experiencing chronic low back pain. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 29(1), 6-14.

Stephens, J. (2000). Feldenkrais Method: Background, research and orthopedic case studies. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America: Complementary Medicine, 9(3), 375-394.

Stephens, J., DuShuttle, D., Hatcher, C., Shmunes, J., & Slaninka, C. (2001). Use of Awareness Through Movement improves balance and balance confidence in people with multiple sclerosis: A randomized controlled study. Neurology Report, 25(2), 39-49.

Stephens, J.L., Call, S., Evan, K., Glass, M., Gould, C., & Lowe, J. (1999). Responses to ten Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lessons by four women with multiple sclerosis: Improved quality of life. Physical Therapy Case Reports, 2(2), 58-69.

Strauch, R. (1984). Training the whole person. Training and Development Journal 38(11), 82-86.

Wildman, F. (1990). Learning: The missing link in physical therapy. A radical view of the Feldenkrais Method. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 18(2), 6-7.

Wildman, F. (1990). The Feldenkrais Method: Clinical applications. The New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 18(2), 9-10.

Wildman, F. (1995). Using available energy. Movement for the elderly. Advanced Physical Therapists 6(9), 7-20.

Wright, J. (2000). Bodies, meaning and movement: A comparison of the language of a physical education lesson and a Feldenkrais Movement class. Sport, Education & Society, 5(1), 35- 50.

 

Articles in non peer-reviewed journals or magazines:

Bate, T.(1994). Motor control theory: A possible framework for the Feldenkrais Method. Feldenkrais Journal, 9, 32-45.

Booth, B. (1995). Back to the balance sheet: Body therapy techniques. Nursing Times, 91(16), 44-45.

De Rosa, C., & Porterfield, J. (1992). A physical therapy model for the treatment of low back pain. Magazine of Physical Therapy 72(4), 261-272.

Doman, P. (1990). Useful adjunct for therapists? Sport Health 8(3), 15-16.

Ginsburg, C. (1986). The shake-a-leg body awareness training program: Dealing with spinal injury and recovery in a new setting. Somatics, spring/summer, 31-42.

Jackson, O. L. (1983). Feldenkrais-Awareness Through Movement and its application to physical therapy, abstracted. Magazine of Physical Therapy 63, 748.

Jackson-Wyatt, O., Gula, D., Kireta, A., & Steeves, M. (1992). Effects of Feldenkrais practitioner training on motor ability: A video-analysis, abstracted. Magazine of Physical Therapy 72, 886.

Lamontanaro, C. (1994). Flexible minds: The Feldenkrais Method offers new ways of thinking about movement and limitation. PT: Magazine of Physical Therapy July 3, 4-6, 22.

McCrea, B. (1993). The Feldenkrais method. Physiotherapy Sport 18(3), 18.

Parnello-Balck, D. (1992). PT' s own back pain leads her to start Feldenkrais training. PT Bulletin, 9.

Reynolds, J.P. (1994). Profiles in alternatives. Not a hamster on a wheel: The Feldenkrais Method. Magazine of Physical Therapy 2(9), 58-59