Todd Hargrove Feldenkrais Summit


Todd Hargrove

Pain Science and Feldenkrais

Track: Research

Thursday May 9th, 2019, at 12 noon EDT (New York)

Moshe Feldenkrais was in many ways ahead of his time in his understanding of the relationship between movement, sensing, thinking and feeling. For example, his concept of the self-image is similar to the “virtual bodies” discussed by pain scientists like Lorimer Moseley or Ronald Melzack. And his famous quote that he is after “flexible brains not flexible bodies” aligns with recent research showing that the nervous system may be more important than the “issues in the tissues” in explaining certain kinds of pain.

In this talk, Todd will look at connections between the ideas of the Feldenkrais Method® and modern theories of pain such as the neuromatrix. The basic thesis is that Feldenkrais® concepts provide a relatively simple way to understand and apply a wide variety of complex evidence from recent pain research.

About Todd Hargrove

Todd Hargrove is a Seattle-based Feldenkrais® practitioner, Rolfer and writer. He has a blog at and is the author of two books: A Guide to Better Movement, and Playing With Movement, both available on Amazon.

He has been a featured speaker at The San Diego Pain Summit, The Pain Cloud Convention, and the B.C. Pain Conference.


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