The Feldenkrais Method ® was developed by Dr Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), one of the 20th century’s greatest human movement, and body/mind pioneers; a Russian-born Israeli physicist, engineer and martial artist. The exercises improve and retrain posture, breathing and movement, using awareness and improved proprioception, as key tools in the process. Put quite simply, there is no limit to improvement.
Following his own knee injury, Moshe Feldenkrais (Fel-den-krise) taught himself to move without pain, and in the process developed an extraordinary system for accessing the power of the central nervous system, to change and improve movement. It relies on our ability to learn and develop, and also provides a vehicle for deep personal growth. “Faulty posture always expresses the emotional stress that has been responsible for its formation” asserted Moshe Feldenkrais.
Many of Moshe Feldenkrais’ ideas about the brain, movement, language and learning, which were novel in the 1950’s and 1960’s are now receiving attention in Brain Plasticity writings; with an emphasis of ‘rewiring’ the brain, and ‘re-mapping’ movement representations.
Self awareness and awareness of how we move is a chief principle of the method.
“Through awareness we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom – at almost any age – and thereby improve [our lives], not only physically…but emotionally, intellectually and spiritually”. Dr Moshe Feldenkrais