The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. Born in Russia, Feldenkrais immigrated to Israel at the age of 13.
After living working there for 10 years, he moved to Paris where he studied at the Sorbonne, receiving degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering, he earned his D.Sc. in Physics.
Physically active, Feldenkrais played soccer and practiced the martial arts.
While in Paris he met judo master Jigoro Kano and began his study of Judo. He subsequently worked for a number of years in the French nuclear research program with Joliet Curie, before leaving for England as war began. His revolutionary ideas combining physics, judo psychology and human development emerged during the period of working with top scientists.
A chronic knee injury prompted him to apply his knowledge of physics, body mechanics, neurology, learning theory and psychology to a new understanding of human function and maturation. His investigations resulted in the formulation of a unique synthesis of science and aesthetics, known as the Feldenkrais Method. Dr. Feldenkrais wrote five books about the method as well as four books on Judo.
He conducted three professional trainings during his life, one in Tel Aviv, Israel (1969-1971), one in San Francisco, CA, USA (1975-1978) and one in Amherst, MA, USA (1980-1983), training approximately 300 Feldenkrais® practitioners in total. Today, there is a thriving community of over 10,000 Feldenkrais practitioners worldwide.