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Discussion: Awareness Through Movement® lessons?

in: Orienteering; Training & Technique

May 12, 2018 3:44 PM # 
Is there interest in receiving Awareness Through Movement® lessons via Zoom (video web meeting)? A part of the Feldenkrais Method of Movement®, these gentle lessons help you improve your movement via developmental learning, proprioception, and kinesthetic awareness. They last about 45 minutes, plus a bit of discussion before and after, hour total. I'd make them free for members of the JDP, JNT and SNT, and by donation to the NJP or SNT for others. I've found that the lessons have helped me, such as by letting me run downhill in terrain faster and more easily (by better organization of my movements), and by reducing the impact of an old knee injury (by changing how I use myself elsewhere, thereby reducing stress on the knee). Email me or post here if interested.
May 12, 2018 4:50 PM # 
May 12, 2018 4:52 PM # 
May 12, 2018 5:02 PM # 
The effectiveness of the feldenkrais method: a systematic review of the evidence (on PubMed)
May 12, 2018 8:23 PM # 
Here's what a founding editorial board member had to say about EBCAM (the first journal you cited):
"The peer-review system of EBCAM is farcical: potential authors who send their submissions to EBCAM are invited to suggest their preferred reviewers who subsequently are almost invariably appointed to do the job. It goes without saying that such a system is prone to all sorts of serious failures; in fact, this is not peer-review at all, in my opinion, it is an unethical sham. As a result, most (I estimate around 80%) of the articles that currently get published on alternative medicine are useless rubbish. They tend to be either pre-clinical investigations which never get followed up and are thus meaningless, or surveys of no relevance whatsoever, or pilot studies that never are succeeded by more definitive trials, or non-systematic reviews that are wide open to bias and can only mislead the reader"

Rather than going through the rest of it, I decided to find a credible source

The Australian Goverment, carried out their own review of Natural Therapies, and came to the following conclusion:
"The effectiveness of Feldenkrais for the improvement of health outcomes in people with any clinical condition is uncertain. The available evidence is limited by the small number of RCTs in this field. Individual studies were small in size, and likely to be insufficiently powered to detect a statistically significant outcome. Significant research gaps exist and there is no solid evidence base on which to make recommendations. Further research, if conducted, should focus on Review of the Australian Government Rebate on Natural Therapies for Private Health Insurance 61 rigorous, well-designed RCTs that assess the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais method in improving health outcomes in specific patient populations"

Credible source: Review of the Australian Government Rebate on Natural Therapies for Private Health Insurance

Charlatans have no place in sport.

Any athlete who wishes to improve balance, movement etc should start with pilates.
May 12, 2018 9:00 PM # 
I've seen quite a number of people helped by the method. The study (one study) doesn't say that the method doesn't work, only that the trials were small, which is the bane of those without deep pockets.. That's a game for huge pharmaceuticals. Even the effect of diet on heart disease was not subjected to RCTs until recently. We don't demand large RCTs for techniques of teaching navigation (though those skills affect orienteering performance substantially); we'd be happy to have any evidence. Twenty years ago, pilates would not have had many RCTs, despite being a century old.

Others have had very positive experiences with Feldenkrais:

The Feldenkrais Method® is based on anatomy and developmental learning, by a published judo master whose wife was a developmental psychologist.

My aunt was an Occupational Therapist for decades (teaching motorcycle accident victims how to feed themselves again, from what I gathered). She retired, then discovered the Feldenkrais Method, and was impressed. She felt it contained an excellent way to teach everything that she'd been trying to teach people in her career as an OT. She's since been a practitioner for decades. I've met a number of PTs and a massage therapist who use Feldenkrais in their work, because it works, and provides tools not present in their discipline.
May 13, 2018 10:23 PM # 
Anyway, loud rants aide, anyone interested in lessons let me know.

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