The Feldenkrais Method utilizes gentle movement and guided attention to invoke the sensory-motor learning capacity of the brain. This enables us to sense, explore and develop new ways of functioning in daily life. We can learn to move with less discomfort, and greater coordination and grace.
Our everyday activity becomes easier, pain is minimized or eliminated, breathing and posture become healthier, and the effects of physical injuries can be significantly eased. We develop greater precision in complex movement.
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, Israeli scientist, engineer and Judo Master. Dr. Feldenkrais was educated at the Sorbonne Institute in Paris, and trained and worked in the Joliot-Curie laboratories as a colleague of Nobel Prize Laureate Frederic Joliot Curie. While in Paris, Dr. Feldenkrais founded the first Judo club in Europe and published some of the first books on Judo.
Dr. Feldenkrais synthesized his knowledge of physics, martial arts, learning theory, biology, body mechanics, and psychology to heal a serious knee injury which may have rendered him unable to walk for the rest of his life. Later, he began to teach groups of engineers and scientists with whom he worked during WWII. After the War, he went on to provide individual hands-on work for people of all walks of life, including world renowned athletes and musicians. In the 1950s Dr. Feldenkrais began to teach classes in Tel Aviv, and over time developed the vast repertoire of movement lessons used today by Feldenkrais Method practitioners.
“What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains. What I'm after is to restore each person to their human dignity."
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