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May 2011

Why is it called the Feldenkrais Method?

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“Genius, of the magnitude possessed by Moshe Feldenkrais, defies categorization… He could function at the highest level in nuclear physics, as a martial artist, as an inventor, as a developer of top-secret counterespionage projects, and as one of the most prescient observers of neuroscience.”

Norman Doidge, MD

The method takes is named after the founder, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.  Dr. Feldenkrais was a pivotal figure in the science of somatics. Grounded in physics, biology, and learning theory, his method remains the most advanced and comprehensive basis available for developing human potential.

He, in his struggle to overcome his own major injury, pioneered a unique way of teaching people to learn how to learn, and to change their brains, by increasing awareness of whatever they did, providing the foundation for a gentle but powerful approach to alleviating human suffering.

The odyssey of Moshe Feldenkrais’s life is as fascinating as the explorations that led him to establish his method. His journey ranged across the face of Europe amidst many of the central crises of the twentieth century: as a child he experienced first hand the turmoil of the First World War; as an adolescent, the establishment of a Jewish Palestine; as a young adult he worked with the Curies in ground-breaking nuclear research; and also found a mentor in Jigoro Kano, the creator of Judo, who deputized him to introduce that martial art and spiritual discipline to France.

He was a great integrative genius and master of turning scientific insights into practical ways to help people.  His legacy continues as skillful  practitioners grow his method of vitality, learning & healing to all aspects of human life.