‘The aim of the Feldenkrais Method is a person that is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works.’
Moshe Feldenkrais developed his method of somatic education throughout his life (1904-1984), ingeniously drawing on many influences including
- his background as an engineer and physicist (he worked with Nobel prize-winners, Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie, in the 1930s)
- his personal research into anatomy and early neuroscience
- exhaustive personal experimentation after a serious knee injury
- his practice of judo in which he was the first European to receive a black belt
- the experiences of his early tutoring jobs where he began to address how people learn
- his Hasidic roots.
However, the method is not a fixed system and contains within it the seeds for its own ongoing evolution. It is constantly growing in order to address the fresh questions and altered perspectives of new generations of students.