There is a growing body of research conducted by scientists, scholars, and Feldenkrais practitioners around the world exploring all aspects of the Feldenkrais Method®, including its efficacy, applications, theoretical foundations, and more.
The Feldenkrais® Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA)
FEFNA supports theoretically grounded research that extends and advances the Feldenkrais Method. To further this work, FEFNA established a Research Committee. In 2005, the committee established the Esther Thelen Research and Education Fund. In the fall of 2011, the Research Committee and the Esther Thelen Fund Subcommittee reorganized into the Esther Thelen Research Committee.
The Feldenkrais® Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA) established the Esther Thelen Research and Education Fund in 2005. This fund is named in honor of Esther Thelen, Ph.D., G.C.F.P., developmental psychologist, and director of the Infant Motor Development Laboratory at Indiana University from 1985 to 2004. Prior to coming to Bloomington, Esther attended Antioch College and the University of Wisconsin. She completed an extensive longitudinal observational study of infant behavior for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Missouri and subsequently joined the faculty. Since 1979, Dr. Thelen’s research was continuously funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She served as president of the International Society on Infant Studies and was president of the Society for Research in Child Development at the time of her death. Find out more.