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RE: Feldenkrais® Science Network: The Evolution of Knowing & Learning


Pat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT (1996)
Roger Russell, MA (1977)
Jim Stephens, PhD, PT, GCFP (1987)


Jul 07, 2011

Conference 2011

2011 Conference Workshop

Open To: Public / Practitioners / Trainees


Cost: $70


Since Moshe last taught in Amherst in 1981, the scientific world has seen revolutions in many fields. As new research methods and theoretical models have become available, neuroscience, complexity theory, evolutionary biology and genetics, anthropology and developmental studies have all evolved. What light do these discoveries shine on the practice and theory of the Feldenkrais Method®?

Standing on Moshé’s shoulders, how might we see further? Where do we want to go from here? Join us for this interactive workshop, which will approach the Feldenkrais Method from three perspectives:

Recent research involving the Feldenkrais Method
There will be presentations of several current research projects with opportunities for discussion with researchers on their methods and outcomes.

Theoretical foundations
Discussion of different theoretical approaches for looking at the Feldenkrais Method® and how these can drive research and improve practice.

Epistemological questions
Discussion of how we come to know what we know from points of view including the natural and social qualitative sciences. 

Networking: you will have the opportunity for informal discussions during lunch and throughout the day to find out who is working in your field, what they are doing and how you can cooperate in future projects. This can involve discussions concerning research themes, research resources, collaboration on future projects and fundraising. 

Feature presentation: We are excited to have Dr. James C. (Cole) Galloway, PT, PhD join us for this meeting. This presentation can both inform and challenge our thinking about developmental movement processes. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Delaware, he learned much about developmental processes, dynamic systems theory, infant research, and the Feldenkrais Method as a post-doctoral fellow with Esther Thelen at Indiana University. Always entertaining and thought provoking, he will present:


As Moshé noted, movement is life. Mobility and exploration lead to happiness, sorrow, friendships, anger, drama…life. The same is rarely said of power wheelchairs! There is a resurgence of interest in pediatric power mobility—especially in children under the age of 2 yrs. This presentation will summarize our recent work combining developmental psychology and pediatric rehabilitation to re-invigorate two interrelated areas: a) infant power mobility, and b) power mobility for socialization in toddlers and preschoolers. We demonstrate the process of learning to drive these robots and the impact of self-directed mobility for those who use them.

Interestingly, a completely unanticipated set of barriers have emerged that prevent children from using power devices for peer-typical exploration and thus constrain their mobility-related developmental gains. Solutions will require a deeper understanding of infant-device interaction, the co-emergence of mobility and socialization, and the hidden lives of children with mobility impairments and their families. In this presentation I will propose a future that involves a radical expansion of power mobility as a dynamic field that can harness infants’ spontaneous movements and offer mobility aids that children ultimately walk away from. This future is deeply grounded in systems theory, embodied development and the co-creative nature of children’s exploration, and demands private-public-community research and development partnerships.

Dr. Galloway is an Associate Professor, Dept of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. Since 2000, his Infant Behavior Lab has focused on better understanding how infants physically explore their world through each day. Most recently, he has focused exclusively on assisting infants and young children with special needs in maximizing their exploration. His research team includes parents, early educators, therapists, industry partners, physicians as well as clinical and engineering researchers. Current projects include assessments of brain-behavior relationships in preterm infants, family-based interventions and reality-based technologies for behaviors ranging from newborn head, arm and leg control to infant object exploration to robotic enhanced power mobility for infants and toddlers. His lab is currently funded by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Recent awards include the American Physical Therapy Association’s Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member (2005) and their Pediatric Section Research Award (2009).

Organizers and facilitators is a virtual space of the Feldenkrais® Science Network in which Feldenkrais practitioners with research interests and researchers who are exploring human development and function in educational, clinical, and research circles can all cross paths.  

This workshop is organized by the Esther Thelen Research and Education Fund Subcommittee of FEFNA. The Thelen Fund spearheads the FeldSciNet project. Thelen Fund Subcommittee members include: Pat Buchanan (chair), Jim Stephens, and Roger Russell.

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Presenter Bio(s)

Pat Buchanan, PhD. (1996) is the chair of the Esther Thelen, PhD, GCFP Research and Education Fund Subcommittee of FEFNA, 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.

Roger Russell (1977) Although a graduate of San Francisco, Roger attended the first two years of the Amherst training in 1980 and 1981. An American, he lives in Heidelberg, Germany where he is Educational Director, with his partner, Ulla Schläfke, of the Feldenkrais® Zentrum Heidelberg. Since he met Moshe he has been interested in understanding the scientific knowledge behind the Method.

Jim Stephens PT, PhD. (1987) is chair of the FEFNA Research Committee. He has taught movement sciences at Widener, Drexel, and Temple Universities and is currently working with elderly individuals in the LIFE program at the University of Pennsylvania. He also maintains a private practice in the Feldenkrais Method®.

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