The art, practice and science of Feldenkrais®
Director: Robert J. Burgess BEd, PT, PhD, Feldenkrais Practitioner


101 Course Outline

For Physical Therapists this course will introduce and demystify The Feldenkrais Method and you will discover its power and potency for your practice. FM is a significant upgrade on PT mobilization methods like, Maitland and Kaltenbourne theory and techniques.

Lumbar Stabilization Theory is Debunked!

Integration of current PT manual therapy methods with a FM awareness will dramatically increase your PT potency.

You will learn new ways of thinking about movement, brain, learning and treatment. This is an introductory course only intended to inspire further learning and exploration.

For Feldenkrais Practitioners this is an opportunity to learn the Science of the Method including anatomy, anthropology, biomechanics, neuroscience and evolution of proprioception, motor control, body scheme and sense of self.

For Occupational Therapists you will learn how arm function is dependent on good trunk control all the way to the pelvis and feet (Not just static posture). RSI, Carpal Tunnel and elbow pains can be viewed and managed from both the regional and global aspects of human function.

Massage Therapists will discover what is underneath the skin, soft tussue and muscle they are trying to affect. Already you know the body as a whole here is an opportunity to connect and affect the whole through the skeleton. Adjusting your hands also to affect the skeleton and the brain's sense of the body will make your efforts more powerful and more lasting.

All of Medicine recognizes and treats the body as a system (Cardiovascular system, Endocrine system, Nervous system), except forPhysical Medicine, where the body is viewed as regional only i.e. separate unrelated structural parts. FM introduces Medicine to the regional and global aspects of human function. FM premise: "the parts that is hurting is moving too much". This does not invalidate regional anatomy and medicine but rather completes expands the view of human anatomy and fucntion.

Mobilization methods can be reformatted to become language for the brain to alter perception and control of movement- there are real hands on mobilization techniques to change motor function and effect pain.

This course challenges traditional concepts of pelvic and lumbar stabilization theory and practice and will provide a more evolved comprehensive and potent methodology for assessment and treatment back and neck pain.

Understanding human trunk function from a global, evolutionary, neuroscience perspective provides a basis for integration of arm, leg and trunk relationships not only for back and neck pains and pathology but also arm and leg dysfunction.

For all Health Professionals it will bridge the gap between the pain and pathology model and a functional model for human motor behaviour. Change motor function, change brain function and pain changes as a consequence.

The course will be an integration of presentations, movement lessons, interactive lab sessions and hands on practice.

This is a must do course and learning for all Health Professionals.

101 Course Schedule

Day 1   8.30 am-4.30pm

  • Breakfast (Coffee, juice and bagels: provided) and Registration
  • Demonstration- what's it all about.
  • Anatomy, biomechanics, neuroscience and evolution of trunk motor control I (lecture)
  • Power of the pelvis and side bending (movement lesson)
  • Pelvic-lumbar mobilizations (hands on practice)
  • The Science of Stability- Truths and Fallacies.


  • Mobilizations for the thorax (hands on practice)
  • Pelvic tilt redefined (movement lesson and hands on practice)
  • Pelvic, lumbar and thorax rotation- (movement lesson)
  • Rotation and counter rotation- the human difference (movement lesson )
  • Pelvic-lumbar and thorax rotation mobilizations
  • Low back pain- seeing the whole spine -Stability: strength and rigidity vs awareness and control? (hands on practice)

Day 2   9.00 am-4.30pm


  • Anatomy, biomechanics, neuroscience and evolution of trunk motor control II (lecture)
  • Low back pain - vector mobilization (hands on practice continued)
  • Straight Leg Raise redefined (hands on practice)
  • Bernstein, Maitland, Feldenkrais, Medicine and the body-mind question.


  • Neck pain- neck-trunk coordination: introduction
  • Sitting (movement lesson)
  • Neck-trunk coordination and mobilization
  • Pain, pain, pain but what about function
  • Treatment and learning models for musculoskeletal pain
  • Introduction to chronic pain management- a Feldenkrais perspective


Register for Feldenkrais 101