In our society, we do, by the promise of great reward or intense
punishment, so distort the even development of the system, that many acts become
excluded or restricted. The result is that we have to provide special conditions
for furthering adult maturation of many arrested functions. The majority of people
need to re-form patterns of motions and attitudes that should never have been
excluded or neglected.
The Feldenkrais Method® is named after the Israeli scientist
Moshe Feldenkrais, DSc (1904-1984). Feldenkrais worked as a nuclear physicist
with the Nobel laureate Joliot-Curie. After injuring his knee in a soccer game,
Dr. Feldenkrais learned that a surgery had only a 50% chance of improving his
condition, but if the surgery were unsuccessful it would confine him to a wheelchair
for the rest of his life. Unsatisfied with these prospects, he proceeded to learn
anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology and combined these with his knowledge of
mechanics, physics, electrical engineering, and martial arts (he wrote several
books on Judo and was the first non-Japanese to earn a black belt in this discipline).
This endeavor not only restored most of the function to his injured knee but
also marked the beginning of his investigation into human function, development,
and learning that was to occupy him for the rest of his life and eventually lead
to the development of the Feldenkrais Method. From the 1970s on he taught the
method throughout the world. He directed the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel Aviv
until his death in 1984.