Testimonials and Research

Andrew Weil, M.D., Author of Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine

I have been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy. I also believe that theFeldenkrais Method® can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies. 

Susan S. Wilder, M.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LifeScape Medical Associates:

 I have found the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education superior to any other modality in motor vehicle related neck and spine problems as well as other muscular-skeletal issues. I strongly recommend it to many of my patients.

Duffy Waldorf, PGA Tour Golfer:

 The Feldenkrais Method has allowed me to play pain free golf, without worrying about injury.

Alex Laing, Principal Clarinet, The Phoenix Symphony:

Like too many musicians, I was prompted to examine my relationship to my body by the crisis of injury. Too many years of pursuing the music I wanted to make at a all costs finally caught up with me and I found myself first in pain and ultimately, unable to play. While my treatment was multi-faceted, Feldenkrais was instrumental in moving me along the road to recovery. For me,Feldenkrais was and remains an invaluable tool to help develop a greater sensitivity and awareness of what my body is actually doing and how I can best move within it. 

Margaret Mead, Ph.D., Anthropologist:

The Feldenkrais Method is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration and function. 

James Rice, M.D.:

 The Feldenkrais Method is a remarkable, quick and effective way to alleviate muscular tension and discomforts.

Alex Shester, M.D.:

The Feldenkrais Method is an incredible, quick and easy tool, and a must for anyone who suffers from chronic pain and tension, and loss of flexibility. 

Sandy Burkhart, Ph.D., Physical Therapist:

The Feldenkrais Method is an extraordinarily effective approach to enhancement of posture, balance, movement and behavior.

Maria Luskin, Professor, Emory University Medical School:

 As a neuroscientist interested in the development and plasticity of the nervous system, it is gratifying to see how the Feldenkrais Method demonstrates these principles. The Feldenkrais Method has also greatly improved my personal quality of life — physically and emotionally — by reducing the restrictions and limitations I thought were permanent due to multiple sclerosis.

Jean Houston, The Possible Human

 In relearning the use of the body, you are living in a state of almost constant revelation. You are likely to find that almost everything you do can be done more efficiently, more pleasurably and with greater ease than was possible before. You will have much greater stamina and strength, and many of the debilitating “symptoms of aging” will be reversed. In the state of good posture, which is indeed a state of being, your body will feel very light, almost weightless, and will seem less dense — as if your head were a kite and the rest of the body the tail dangling lightly from it! 

Bernard Lake, M.D.

 The system developed by Moshe Feldenkrais has as much potential for understanding the mind / body relationship as Einstein’s general theory of relativity had for physics. 

Karl Pribram, MD, Ph.D.

 He’s not just pushing muscles around, but changing things in the brain itself.

People Magazine

 Julius Erving and Yehudi Menuhin are among thousands who believe Moshe Feldenkrais can stretch the mind – as well as the body.


Tony Trear, tennis teaching pro and former pro player

 The Feldenkrais Method has given me the ability to do things in tennis I never could do before and has relieved my body of the pain accumulated from over twenty years of competitive playing.


Chris Boyd, U.S. track and field champion

 I can’t say enough good things about the Feldenkrais Method. I believe it’s made the difference between continuing my competitive running career and retiring prematurely.


Rick Acton, 5-time NE PGA Champion

 … the Feldenkrais Method and its unique approach to mind and body has helped me immeasurably, not only in the way I play golf, but also the way I teach the game


Scientific Research

 Scientific research continues to validate the benefits of the Method. A recent review by the professional staff at Natural Standard was based on thorough systematic review of scientific evidence. The material was reviewed by the Faculty of the Harvard Medical School with final editing approved by Natural Standard.They report benefits for:

  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and Mood
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Dystonia
  • Balance problems and unstable walking
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Eating disorders

Natural Standard reviewed more than 75 articles to prepare the professional monograph from which this version was created.