Make the impossible, possible; the possible easy; and the easy elegant.
~ Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais, D.Sc.
Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais—a physicist, engineer, and judo master—was a revolutionary scientist-clinician.
He was the greatest thinker in the 20th Century about how to improve movement.
Dr. Feldenkrais was well ahead of his time in his understanding that the brain can change itself and needs to change itself in order to improve skill and well being. He pioneered a learning system—Feldenkrais exercises—that use movement and awareness of self to bring about remarkable changes in body and mind.
The Work of Dr. Feldenkrais
Born in Russia in 1904, in the 1940s, Moshé Feldenkrais sustained a debilitating injury to one of his knees. Unable to walk and trying to recover, he realized that rather than focusing on the muscles and tendons associated with his injury, it was his brain that needed help to find new ways to organize his body so that he could walk again, despite the injury. On the path to figuring out how to re-educate his brain and change his way of moving, his method was born.
Feldenkrais understood long before it was generally accepted that the human brain can change throughout life, what is today called brain plasticity.
He also understood that movement is a powerful way to communicate with the brain in order to bring about change and improvement.
As he said:
“Movement is life, without movement life is unthinkable.”
He understood that lifelong learning and growth are not a luxury but a necessity for our health and well-being.
Dr. Feldenkrais’ Approach Brings About Remarkable Changes
After successfully applying this approach to his own injury and fully recovering, Dr. Feldenkrais began to develop and teach this new methodology. His approach quickly brought about remarkable changes for his students.
In his ongoing work, Dr. Feldenkrais was motivated to have people achieve their fullest potential—no matter what their condition. In his own words:
“What I’m after is not flexible bodies, but flexible brains . . . what I’m really after is restoring people to their human dignity.”
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