Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is a type of exercise therapy devised by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984). The method is claimed to reorganize connections between the brain and body and so improve body movement and psychological state.[1]

There is no good medical evidence that the Feldenkrais method confers any health benefits, and it is not known if it is safe or cost-effective,[2] even though it is hard to conceive of serious risks.[3]

Effectiveness and reception

In 2015, the Australian Government's Department of Health published the results of a review of alternative therapies that sought to determine if any were suitable for being covered by health insurance; the Feldenkrais Method was one of 17 therapies evaluated for which no clear evidence of effectiveness was found.[2] Accordingly in 2017 the Australian government named the Feldenkrais Method as a practice that would not qualify for insurance subsidy, saying this step would "ensure taxpayer funds are expended appropriately and not directed to therapies lacking evidence".[4]

It is not known whether the Feldenkrais method is safe or cost-effective,[2] though according to Ernst and Singh's overview of alternative medicine "there are no conceivable serious risks".[3]

David Gorski has written that the Method bears similarities to faith healing, is like "glorified yoga" and that it "borders on quackery".[5]