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Moshe Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method was developed by a man with an exceptionally inquiring mind, who lived in interesting times. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904 - 1984) was a scientist who gained his doctorate in Physics at the Sorbonne and later worked with the Nobel Prize winner Frederic Joliot Curie in Paris. He was a judo black belt and author.

His enthusiastic participation in sports was limited by a knee injury, for which only an operation with a low chance of success was offered.

Spurning the offer, Feldenkrais was motivated to work out for himself what would make his knee better, and began to discover the bones of what later became his method. Information about child development (his wife was a paediatrician) further informed his work. By the time he moved from Scotland to Israel in 1955 he was working with people with all kinds of conditions, giving both classes (Awareness through Movement) and individual sessions (Functional Integration).

For a fuller biography, see the website of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.








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