Teaching Applications of the Feldenkrais Method in Events

In July 2016 the FGNA Board of Directors approved a new policy that applies to events that teach unauthorized individuals the pedagogy and approaches of the Feldenkrais Method®. This replaces the "Hands On Policy" that was written in 1985. The new policy is part of the service mark policy that all certified practitioners and authorized trainees agree to follow.

The policy requires that participants who are not authorized to use FGNA service marks sign (or electronically complete) a form. The form must be provided by the event presenter, and participants must agree to the following statement, which may be included as part of the event registration form: 

I understand that participation in this event does not give me the right to use FGNA service marks, and that only individuals who have received authorization from FGNA are allowed to use FGNA service marks, and to offer Functional Integration® lessons and Awareness Through Movement® lessons, or to practice the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. 

We've created this simple, easy-to-use electronic form for you to email to your attendees. To use the form, tell your attendees to follow these 3 steps:

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New Policy: Teaching Applications of the Feldenkrais Method in Events

Feldenkrais® Functional Integration® and Awareness Through Movement® are more than the set of methods and techniques used by Feldenkrais teachers; they encompass a unique way of understanding and approaching issues of human functioning and human learning. Competency can only be acquired through a long and intensive process of the kind employed in accredited Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs.

Certified practitioners may appropriately teach methods of touch or other forms of "hands-on" work or ATM® in a variety of contexts.
 
Requirements for events that teach unauthorized individuals the pedagogy and approaches of the Feldenkrais Method®:
Teachings of the Feldenkrais Method should not be diluted, diminished, or confused with other approaches, especially with other non-functional approaches, as the public benefits from the clarity of these experiences.
 
Advertising must state that participation in the event does not give participants the right to use FGNA service marks, and that only individuals who have received authorization from FGNA will be allowed to use FGNA service marks, and to practice Functional Integration, Awareness Through Movement, or the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education.
 
All attendees who are not authorized to use FGNA service marks will be required to sign a form that has been approved by FGNA. (form may be in paper, or online)
 
Who may attend the event:

The public benefits by having the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais available to professionals in other fields. This allows other professionals to be informed by these teachings, though they will not be practicing the Feldenkrais Method.

Language in teaching event (imparting insights and skills):
At the beginning of the presentation, there must be a statement about the composition of the class, if there is one or more who is/are not certified in use of the service marks.  

Approved by FGNA Board of Directors. Last revised July 27, 2016.


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