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The name of the Feldenkrais Method comes from its founder/creator, Moshé Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an Israeli engineer, scientist, jiu-jitsu and judo master.

During his younger years, Moshé Feldenkrais published several interesting works about self-defense and martial arts in which a great interest in evolutionary progression and human learning began.

The Feldenkrais Method, as it is known today, is greatly based on the personal experiences of Moshé Feldenkrais; from the development of his own self-defense techniques, as well as his knowledge and analysis of Judo principles. Later in life he became an engineer and scientist, which coupled with an inoperable knee injury, contributed to the development of his method.

Moshé Feldenkrais devoted his life to the investigation of the function of the human brain, anatomy, kinematics and physiology. As a result he created a unique learning method.

 

Until his death in 1984, Moshé Feldenkrais directed the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel-Aviv and taught the Method in America and Europe.

In the Feldenkrais Method it is the body itself that is used as the fundamental tool for an individual’s deep process of personal evolution. Learning through movement is the essence of the Feldenkrais Method. This, along with self-awareness leads to sensory motor learning. The Feldenkrais Method develops and increases body awareness through movement and contact with one’s own body.

Forgotten paths in our ability to sense, feel, think and act are explored – making it possible to lead a full life, and make decisions according to one’s full potential. The Feldenkrais Method is a somatic learning process taught either in group classes called ATM (Awareness Through Movement) or in individual sessions called FI (Functional Integration).

It is a unique method used to improve the human condition in all possible fields– athletics, career development, academics, health services, arts and science are just a few examples of its wide range of applications.

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