About Moshe Feldenkrais
Moshe Feldenkrais was born in Russia in 1904, and moved to Palestine in his teens.
He studied in France, first becoming a graduate in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and later receiving a Doctorate in Physics from the Sorbonne University. With his colleague French Nobel Laureate Frederic Joliet Curie, he conducted some of the first experiments in atomic energy.
He was also an accomplished athlete. He played soccer, and was the first European ever to receive a black belt in Judo (1936). He wrote five books on its techniques and theory.
At 38, Feldenkrais suffered crippling knee injuries. Faced with the possibility of permanent disability, he set out to cure himself. He began an intense study of a wide variety of related disciplines, and after two years of research and experimentation, he succeeded in restoring his ability to walk again without pain. Even more surprising, he took up judo again and continued practising at a black belt level until age 68.
In the process of his recovery, Feldenkrais developed his method based on the simple yet complex idea that awareness improves action.
At 45, Feldenkrais returned to Israel where he continued to integrate and refine his ideas. He developed thousands of unique movement lessons which he tested on his friends and colleagues, relieving their aches and pains and even their debilitating neurological conditions, with remarkable success. He later worked with musicians, dancers and athletes; in fact, anyone wishing to expand his or her capabilities.
Today there are 5,000 Feldenkrais Practitioners worldwide operating in 17 countries.
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