What is Feldenkrais?

Moshe Feldenkrais circa 1957 © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Portraits of Moshe Feldenkrais

Moshe Feldenkrais circa 1957
© International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Portraits of Moshe Feldenkrais


The Feldenkrais Method® takes its name from Moshé Feldenkrais. An expert in Judo, he developed the method after he seriously aggravated an old knee injury. He decided not to have an operation on his knee but instead to focus on self-rehabilitation.

Over the course of mastering his knee problems, writing Body and Mature Behavior (published 1949), and seeing clients, Feldenkrais refined his Method. It is fascinating to read about this man and the many adaptations he made during his life in Norman Doidge’s book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries.
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Moshe Feldenkrais Physicist, Black Belt, and Healer: Healing serious brain problems through mental awareness of movement.

Moshe Feldenkrais Judo in Suits © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Judo Photos

Moshe Feldenkrais Judo in Suits
© International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Judo Photos

 
The first public Feldenkrais workshop I attended was in 1995, and it was run by Larry Goldfarb. Larry’s article Felden WHAT? is a great introduction to what Feldenkrais is about. Since that first workshop I’ve attended many workshops and advanced training sessions run by Larry. 

Here are some more resources to help you understand the Feldenkrais Method: