The Feldenkrais Method is a somatic educational system designed by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984). The Feldenkrais method aims to improve movement repertoire, aiming to expand and refine the use of the self through awareness, in order to reduce pain or limitations in movement, and promote general well-being. The Feldenkrais Method is often regarded as falling within the field of integrative medicine or complementary medicine;however, in Sweden the method is practised within the normal healthcare system usually by physiotherapists.
Feldenkrais’ background as a physicist, engineer and judo master deeply informed his research. Major influences on Feldenkrais’ work include Gustav Fechner, Gerda Alexander, Elsa Gindler, Jigoro Kano, G.I. Gurdjieff, Emile Coué, Bates, Heinrich Jacoby, Mabel Todd, and F. Matthias Alexander, all of whom were concerned with awareness and education.
Feldenkrais practitioners complete 740-800 hours of training over a 3 to 4 year period. Feldenkrais practitioners are licensed by a Feldenkrais guild, and each guild maintains lists of practitioners.