About Volume 8: Approaches to Research


Editor: Cliff Smyth, PhD, Guest Editor: Hillel Braude, MD, PhD

It is fifteen years since volume on this question was Volume 3 of the IFF Feldenkrais Research Journal: 2006/2007, in that time a lot of research has been published, and a growth in sophistication of understanding of the Feldenkrais Method and of possible research methods.

We are looking especially for papers on research approaches and methodology, for example, empirical-quantitative studies, outcome studies, qualitative studies, phenomenological approaches, consciousness studies, neuroscience and cognitive science, psychobiology, kinesiology and movement science, arts and creative practice.

Papers could include:

  • Discussion of research methods used in published studies: How have we used these or other approaches to study the Feldenkrais Method and similar modalities/practices?
  • We are also seeking papers on what should we be researching, and how? How do we describe, measure, and report on processes and mechanisms of action? How do we report on benefits and outcomes? Who is the audience for our research? Why is this approach or method important/relevant/consistent with developing the understanding of the Feldenkrais Method and researching the Feldenkrais Method, and its particular outcomes?

We are open to creative reporting on learning from research process, such as interviews with researchers.

It is intended for papers in this volume provide a resource for ongoing discussion on how to study the Feldenkrais Method, for potential researchers to refer to, and for teaching of research methodologies in relationship to Feldenkrais Method.

  • What frameworks help us think about and research the Feldenkrais Methods, for example: human development, contemplative practice, health, education, movement, and skill development,

We hope that this volume of the journal will contribute the development of a body of knowledge and people who are engaged with the stimulating challenges of how to research complex systems of knowledge and practice. It connects to the IFF Research Group’s initiative to build a community of researcher practitioners in our field.