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Movement: Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education considers itself to be an educationally-based therapy, as distinct from massage. According to the official website of the trademarked method, its use “is a distinct profession based on the principles spelled out in the International Feldenkrais® Standards of Practice” (FGNA position on regulation, 2011, Official Website). The Method is self-regulated, although regulating an educational practice, even one based in movement, could prove unwieldy given how many other movement-based therapies exist that are self-policed like yoga, Pilates, the Alexander technique.

Whole medical system: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Most states require national board certification for TCM practitioners if they are not licensed physicians. “Practitioners must complete at least three years full-time schooling” (Is TMC Regulated, 2011, University of Minnesota). Candidates “must complete at least 2,625 hours (about 4 years of full-time study) of didactic and clinic coursework in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

In most states this level of education is considered equivalent to a masters level program” (Is TMC Regulated, 2011, University of Minnesota).

References

FGNA position on regulation. (2011). Feldenkrais Method. Retrieved January 11, 2011 at http://www.feldenkrais.com/profession/fgna_position_on_regulation/

Is TMC regulated? (2011). Taking charge of our health. University of Minnesota.

Retrieved January 11, 2011 at http://takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/what-traditional-chinese-medicine/-tcm-regulated

Scientific acupuncture clinic center. (2011). Official Webpage. Retrieved January 11, 2011 at http://www.scientificacupuncture.com/usregulation.htm

Spinal manipulation (2011). NIH. Retrieved January 11, 2011 at http://nccam.nih.gov/health/pain/spinemanipulation.htm

Using dietary supplements wisely. (2009, February). National Centers for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. NCCAM Publication No. D426. Updated March 2010

Retrieved January 11, 2011 at http://nccam.nih.gov/health/supplements/wiseuse.htm.

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