Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904 - 1984) emigrated from Russia to Mandatory Palestine (Israel) when he was a young man. This young pioneer was employed as a construction worker, building the first neighborhoods of modern-day Tel Aviv.
He completed his academic studies in Paris, obtaining a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering in 1933. In 1937 he was awarded a doctorate from the Sorbonne in the field of nuclear physics. During this period, Dr. Feldenkrais became interested in judo and was the first westerner to be awarded a black belt.
A knee injury, sustained whilst playing soccer, left Dr. Feldenkrais almost unable to walk. In an effort to avoid risky surgery, he trained his formidable intellect on human movement. This lead him to what became his life's work; exploring the principles of human movement, the influence of gravity on movement, and analyzing human evolutionary development. Synthesizing many fields of endeavor, some still in their infancy, Dr. Feldenkrais came to recognize the reciprocity of the physical-evolutionary facet of human movement and other dynamics such as family structure, heredity, environment, education, social, and cultural factors.
Drawing on this wide base of knowledge, Dr. Feldenkrais developed his method. The Feldenkrais Method is based on a learning process applied to physical movement, allowing participants to learn and develop at their own pace and in their own unique way.
Dr. Feldenkrais went on to teach his method in programs all over the world, passing on his discoveries to a generation of teachers he trained in the Feldenkrais Method. He wrote many books throughout his lifetime and actively documented his work, leaving a rich inheritance for those who continue his work today.
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
“The aim is a person who becomes organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works.” Moshe Feldenkrais.