The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education

@inproceedings{Buchanan2012TheFM,
  title={The Feldenkrais Method{\textregistered} of Somatic Education},
  author={Patricia A. Buchanan},
  year={2012}
}
The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education is an integrative approach to learning and improving function among people of varying abilities across the lifespan. With an emphasis on increasing self-awareness through lessons that stimulate sensing, moving, feeling, and thinking, certified practitioners or teachers of the method propose to take advantage of the human capacity to self-organize behavior (Buchanan & Ulrich, 2001; Ginsburg, 2010). 

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