Born in Israel, Chava Shelhav was one of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais‘ first students, and one of the first group of 13 that he trained in his method of improving human function. From 1971 to his death in 1984, she assisted his work, first at the Feldenkrais Institute in Israel, then in his teacher training programs in the United States. She also had the privilege helping him write the chapter on learning for his book, "The Elusive Obvious".
Dr. Shelhav received her masters at Boston University. Her thesis, Working with Brain Damaged Children Using the
Feldenkrais Method, was published in 1989. Her doctorate is from the University of Heidelberg. Working in the
Departments of Sociology and Life Sciences, her thesis examined the effects of the Feldenkrais Method on learning
processes and other aspects of childhood. She has published a number of books in Hebrew, English and German.
Dr. Shelhav has served as the educational director for 30 four-year Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs in Israel,
Germany, the United States, and the UK. In Israel, she has taught the Feldenkrais Method at Seminar Hakibbutzim,
the Wingate Institute, the Asaf Harofe Medical Center‘s Departmentof Complementary Medicine Services, and at
various child development centers. In Germany, she heads Feldenkraiszentrum, an institute that trains teachers in the
Dr. Shelhav has developed "Child'Space – The Chava Shelhav Method for Developmental Monitoring".
She is currently involved in training Child'Space Method practitioners in Israel, Germany, Holland, and the United States.
She has a private practice in Tel Aviv.