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Bones for Life® Research Study (2005)

Bone density improved significantly in women within a few months of doing Bones for Life® lessons, the program’s originator Ruthy Alon reported today at the Aerospace Medical Association’s annual meeting. The women learned to do weight-bearing movements with an efficiently aligned spine.
“Bones for Life® improves posture, restores equilibrium, and enhances the pleasure of moving,” said Alon. “Your bones reliably sustain your weight, and movement becomes pleasurable, inspiring self confidence and biological optimism.”

Aviat Space Environ Med. 2009 Dec; 80(12):1025-31.
Humphries B, Fenning A, Dugan E, Guinane J, MacRae K.

Whole-body vibration effects on bone mineral density in women with or without resistance training.
Institute of Health and Social Science Research, Department of Living Systems, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Australia.

Georgia Health Sciences University (2010)
Daily vibration may help aging bones stay healthy

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A daily dose of whole body vibration may help reduce the usual bone density loss that occurs with age, Medical College of Georgia researchers report.


J Aging Phys Act. 2009 Jan;17(1):57-76.
Vrantsidis F, Hill KD, Moore K, Webb R, Hunt S, Dowson L.
Getting Grounded Gracefully: Effectiveness and acceptability of Feldenkrais in improving balance.
The Getting Grounded Gracefully program, based on the Awareness Through Movement lessons of the Feldenkrais method, was designed to improve balance and function in older people. High class attendance (88%) and survey feed- back indicate that the program was viewed positively by participants and might therefore be acceptable to other older people.

J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Jan;16(1):97-105.
Ullmann G, Williams HG, Hussey J, Durstine JL, McClenaghan BA.
Effects of Feldenkrais exercises on balance, mobility, balance confidence, and gait performance in community dwelling adults age 65 and older. Results indicate that Feldenkrais exercises are an effective way to improve balance andmobility, and thus offer an alternative method to help offset age-related declines in mobility and reduce the risk of falling among community-dwelling older adults. A long-term follow-up study of balance and mobility is warranted. Further research is needed to identify whether Feldenkrais exercises may impact cognitive processes. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA.

Pain Management

J Occup Rehab. 1999; 9 (3):179-94.) Lundblad, et al.
Randomized controlled trial of physiotherapy and Feldenkrais® interventions in female workers with neck-shoulder complaints.
In a study of 97 auto workers in Sweden, significant decreases in complaints of neck and shoulder pain were found in the group receiving Feldenkrais Method compared to a group randomly assigned physical therapy and a control group.

Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 1997;47(5):170-180.)
Laumer, et. al.
Awareness Through Movement ® in patients with eating disorders.
In a matched control group study of 30 patients, all young women with eating disorders, outcomes were measured using standardized psychological testing following a 9-hour Feldenkrais course. Results included an improved level of acceptance of the body, decreased feelings of helplessness, and increased self-confidence.

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2010 Jul;14(3):227-33. Epub 2009 Feb 1.

Qi Gong exercise and Feldenkrais method form the perspective of Gestalt concept and humanistic psychology.
Posadzki, P., Stückl, A., Mucha, D.
This study describes two similar approaches to human movement: Qi Gong exercises and the Feldenkrais method. These systems are investigated in terms of Gestalt concepts and humanistic psychology. Moshe Feldenkrais created the concept known as Awareness Through Movement. This concept assumes that by becoming more aware of one’s movements, one functions at a higher level. In similar ways to those using the Feldenkrais method, individuals may become more aware of their own movements by performing Qi Gong exercises: A therapeutic modality that facilitates mind-body integration. Qi Gong exercises commonly lead to increased personal awareness accompanied by enhanced quality, fluency and smoothness of movement.
School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR47TJ, UK.

Semin Neurol. 1989 Jun;9(2):97-104.
Nelson, S.H.
Playing with the entire self: the Feldenkrais method and musicians.