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SM2: Esther Thelen’s Legacy: Applying the Relationships and Processes of Research to the Feldenkrais Method®


Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT (1996)
Jim Stephens, PhD, PT, GCFP (1987)


Aug 01, 2009 – Aug 02, 2009

2009 Conference Workshop

Open To: Public / Practitioners / Trainees


Cost: $200


Feldenkrais Method practitioners began an exciting dialogue with developmental scientist Esther Thelen after reading her book “A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition and Action.” This workshop continues that exchange to construct a stronger research infrastructure benefiting clients, practitioners and researchers. Video stories of Esther’s research will launch discussions and Awareness Through Movement® lessons regarding her elegant experiments, the research process, and developmental theory. We will identify assumptions underlying practitioners’ interactions with their students, translate relevant research geek speak, and share resources for supporting research. We will unearth roots of a theoretical foundation and identify testable research questions.

Presenter Bio(s)

Pat Buchanan, PhD (1996) is a Feldenkrais® teacher, certified athletic trainer, physical therapist, and associate professor at Des Moines University in Iowa. From a dynamic systems perspective on development, she uses biomechanical, strength, and observational methods to evaluate motor behavior and the effects of interventions targeting improved movement and awareness.

Jim Stephens, PhD, PT (1987) is Chair of the FEFNA Research Committee, has a PhD in Neuroscience, was on the physical therapy faculties at Temple and Widener Universities, and has an independent Feldenkrais practice. He has published peer-reviewed research about Feldenkrais Method, recently in Physical Therapy in 2006, and another soon in Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

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Feldenkrais Guild® of North America
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