The Practical Visionary

Before creating the Feldenkrais Method®, Moshe Feldenkrais was a distinguished physicist and mechanical engineer, who assisted Nobel Prize Laureate Frederic Joliot-Curie at the Curie Institute. He also became one of the first Europeans to receive a black belt in Judo, writing many books on Judo and training British paratroopers in self-defense techniques during World War II.

After doctors could not help him heal from a crippling knee injury that he had sustained while playing soccer as a young man, Feldenkrais decided to heal himself. He was determined to find a way to walk without pain. Thanks to his wife, a pediatrician, he started observing how babies learn to move and how it is that they actually learn. His own recovery process led to the creation of the Feldenkrais Method® and its components: Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®.  The method incorporates his background in physics, Judo and his fascination with human development. Feldenkrais died in 1984, having personally trained a small group of practitioners, who continue to teach his method. Today there are over 6,000 Feldenkrais practitioners around the world.


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