“The aim of the method is a person that is organised to move with a minimum effort and a maximum efficiëncy, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works”

~Moshe Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method ® was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). He studied in Paris and obtained his Doctorate in Applied Physics. It was in the thirties of the last century that he developed his method. A knee injury with uncertain prospects regarding the results of surgery, made Feldenkrais began a lifetime of exploring and developing the relationship between movement and consciousness. In the fifties he returned to Tel Aviv, Israel where he lived and worked until his death. During the development of his method, Feldenkrais also included to his studies: judo, jiu jitsu, anatomy, physiology, science of movement, evolution, psychology, and he immersed himself in martial arts. Feldenkrais wrote a number of books on ways of learning, human consciousness and somatic experience. In the sixties, seventies and eighties he taught in Israel, many countries in Europe and in North America. In the early seventies, he led the first teachers in Tel Aviv, followed by two groups in the USA (San Francisco, California, and a group in Amhurst, Massachusetts).

During the years Feldenkrais developed his method, he worked with a wide range of learning processes for different fields and complaints of children with cerebral palsy to musicians (Yehudi Menuhin). People who noticed that their awareness improved and physical their physical complaints became less when Feldenkrais shared his learning process. Read more about the Feldenkrais method in this menu.

Literature

-Pictures used for the making of this website: c IFF archief: Robert Golden

-Awareness Through Movement – Moshe Feldenkrais (1972) ISBN: 978-0-06-250322-0

Nederlandse vertaling:
-Bewustworden door bewegen – Moshe Feldenkrais (1972) ISBN: 90-6076-392-0

-Feldenkrais, Kennismaken met de methode – Anna Triebel (2000) ISBN:90-6076-472-2

-The Potent Self: A study of Spontaneity and Compulsion – Moshe Feldenkrais (1985)
ISBN: 978-1-58394-068-6

-The Elusive Obvious – Moshe Feldenkrais (1981) ISBN: 10:916990-09-5

-Body & Mature Behavior: a study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation& Learning (1949) – Moshe Feldenkrais ISBN:13: 978-1-58394-115-7

-The feldenkrais method; Teaching by handling – Yochanan Rywerant (1983)
ISBN: 0-87983-544-0

-The busy Person’s Guide to Easier Movement: Feldenkrais – Frank Wildman(2000)
ISBN: 1-889618-77-2

-Somatics: reawakening the mind’s control of movement, flexibility and health –
Thomas Hannah (1988) ISBN: 0-7382-0957-0

-Relaxercise- David Zemach-Bersin / Mark Reese (1992) ISBN: 90-325-0350-2

-The Brain that changes itself? – Norman Doidge,M.D.ISBN:978014-311310-251600
“A remarkable portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain” Oliver Sacks

 

 

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