The facts

The Feldenkrais method is a supportive, complementary physical therapy meant to enhance a person's mobility and body awareness. A physicist named Moshe Feldenkrais developed the techniques in response to his own recurring knee injuries.

The goal of Feldenkrais is to break pain-triggering habits of motion and posture and to move more efficiently, naturally, and comfortably. Sessions last 30 to 60 minutes, during which a Feldenkrais practitioner guides participants through slow, gentle movement sequences.

The sequences include daily moves, such as standing, sitting, and reaching, as well as more abstract movements. A practitioner may use a light touch to direct and demonstrate movement patterns.

A word of caution

Scientific evidence affirming the safety of the Feldenkrais method is lacking. Still, if movements are within a participant's natural range of motion, it should be safe.

Be sure to keep everyone in the loop about your health care choices. Speak to your primary health care provider before pursuing the Feldenkrais method, especially if you are recovering from an injury or surgery, if you have muscle or bone injuries, or if you have a chronic condition. And let your Feldenkrais practitioner know about your specific health concerns.

The Feldenkrais method should only be administered by practitioners trained in accredited programs and registered with a Feldenkrais guild. The practice of the Feldenkrais method is not regulated in Canada.