Moshe Feldenkrais-Brief Biography


Moshé Feldenkrais was born in 1904 in the little town of Slavuta, in the present-day Ukrainian Republic. In 1918 he left for Palestine and joined the many men and women who are now known as the "Pioneers" of Israel. In the 1930's he went to France to study at the Sorbonne, gaining his PhD studying nuclear physics. He also started the first Judo club in Euope. At the start of WWII, he left France with the other scientists, and worked scientific officer in the British Admiralty. His first book on the Feldenkrais Method, Body and Mature Behaviour, was published in 1949. He returned to Israel in 1951, working again in nuclear physics. He was working full time on what we now know as the Feldenkrais Method by 1955.

During the 1960's his fame began to spread:  arts programs began to invite him rgularly for presentations; people from around the world began bringing their disabled loved ones to him in Israel. After his book, Awareness Though Movement was published in 1969, he began to have extensive series of workshops in North America, culminating in the first American training program that began in 1975. A second program started in 1980. Leading scientists at that time participated in his training programs , showing to the students how the ideas of Dr. Feldenkrais connected with their special interest areas.

A more detailed biography of Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais is on the website of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.