benefits of the feldenkrais method

The effects of a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement program on state anxiety.

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 4(3), 216-220.
Kolt, G.S. & McConville, J.C. (2000).

The effects of a FELDENKRAIS Awareness Through Movement program and relaxation procedures were assessed on a volunteer sample of 54 undergraduate physiotherapy students over a 2-week period.

Participants were randomly allocated into a FELDENKRAIS METHOD group, a relaxation group, or a no-treatment (control) group, and state anxiety was measured using the Composed-Anxious scale of the Profile of Mood States-Bipolar Form (Lorr & McNair 1982) on four occasions: prior to the first intervention, prior to the fourth intervention, on completion of the fourth intervention, and one day after the fourth intervention.

Analysis of variance showed that anxiety scores for all groups varied significantly over time and, specifically, that participants reported lower scores at the completion of the fourth intervention. Further, compared to the control group, females in the FELDENKRAIS and relaxation groups reported significantly lower anxiety scores on completion of the fourth session (compared to immediately prior to the fourth session), and this reduction was maintained one day later.

These findings can be interpreted as preliminary evidence of the efficacy of the FELDENKRAIS METHOD and relaxation procedures in reducing anxiety.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement and state anxiety.

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 6(2), 102-107.
Kerr, G.A., Kotynia, F. & Kolt, G.S. (2002).

The ability of the FELDENKRAIS Method to reduce state anxiety was investigated. Specifically, both a single FELDENKRAIS Awareness Through Movement lesson and a 10-week FELDENKRAIS Awareness Through Movement programme were studied. Participants volunteered to take part in one 1-hour class each week for 10 weeks. Individuals who declined to participate in the 10-week programme were given the opportunity to participate in a single 1-hour lesson during week 5.

Participants were divided into two groups: new and returning students, based on previous experience with Awareness Through Movement lessons. Participants were administered the state scale of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (Spielberger et al. 1983) prior to the beginning of the first lesson (week 1--T1), immediately before and after the fifth lesson (week 5--T2 and T3), and after the final lesson (week 10--T4).

Findings indicated that state anxiety scores decreased significantly over a single lesson (T2 T3) for both new (n=13) and returning (n=42) students. In addition, state anxiety scores were significantly lower after the 10-week programme (T4) when compared with baseline scores (T1) for new (n=3) and returning (n=42) students, with new students experiencing a significantly greater reduction than returning students.

These findings can be interpreted as further support for the efficacy of the FELDENKRAIS Method in reducing state anxiety.

benefits of the feldenkrais method

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