Origins

Where does it originate?

Photo by Michael WolgensingerThe Feldenkrais Method was founded by Dr Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an Israeli scientist and engineer as well as a keen martial arts practitioner.

Following a knee injury as a young man, he began to study anatomy, physiology, psychology, child development and theories of learning in order to avoid undergoing surgery, which had an uncertain outcome.

Combining these studies with his knowledge of physics, engineering and the martial arts he learned how to move so that the damaged knee did not impinge on his freedom of movement.

Feldenkrais began sharing his discoveries with others – helping people with all kinds of limitations – from recovery from stroke or other injury, to management of multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. He began training students to be practitioners themselves, first in Israel and then in the United States.

Although he died in 1984, such training continues in dozens of countries, on almost every continent and there are currently about 4000 practitioners of the Method that bears his name.

For further information about Dr Feldenkrais and the Feldenkrais Method see the links page.