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Mosh Feldenkrais

Mosh Feldenkrais
May 6, 1904
Slavuta, Russian Empire
(present-day Ukraine)
July 1, 1984
Tel Aviv, Israel
Psychology, Physics,
Known for
Founding the Feldenkrais
Mosh Feldenkrais
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Mosh Pinchas Feldenkrais (Russian:
, Hebrew:
, May 6, 1904 July 1,
1984) was an Israeli physicist and the
founder of the Feldenkrais Method,
designed to improve human functioning
by increasing self-awareness through
1 Biography
2 Publications
2.1 Books about the
Feldenkrais Method
2.2 Books about Jiujitsu and
2.3 Articles and transcribed
3 References
4 Sources
Feldenkrais was born in the Russian
Empire (present-day Ukraine) city of
Slavuta. In 1918, he left his family, then living in Baranovichi, Belarus, to
emigrate to Palestine.
There he worked as a laborer before obtaining his
high-school diploma in 1925. After graduation, he worked as a cartographer for
the British survey oce. During his time in Palestine he began his studies of
self-defense, including jiu jitsu. A soccer injury in 1929 would later gure into the
development of his method.
During the 1930s, he lived in France where he earned his engineering degree
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from the cole Spciale des Travaux Publics, and later his Doctor of Science in
engineering at the Sorbonne where Marie Curie was one of his teachers. During
this time he worked as a research assistant to nuclear chemist and Nobel Prize
laureate Frdric Joliot-Curie at the Radium Institute. In 1933, he met Jigoro
Kano, the founder of judo, who encouraged him to continue his study of Asian
martial arts. He became a close friend of Kano, and corresponded with him
regularly. Kano chose him to be one of the doors through which the East attempts
to meet the West. In 1936, he earned a black belt in judo, and later gained his 2nd
degree black belt in 1938. He was a co-founding member of the Jiu Jitsu Club de
France, one of the oldest Judo clubs in Europe, which still exists today. Frdric,
Irne Joliot-Curie, and Bertrand Goldschmidt took Judo lessons from him during
their time together at the institute.
Just as the Germans were about to arrive in Paris in 1940, Feldenkrais ed to
Britain with a jar of "heavy water" and a sheaf of research material with
instructions to deliver them to the British Admiralty War Oce. Until 1946, he
was a science ocer in the Admiralty working on Anti-submarine weaponry in
Fairlie, Scotland. His work on improving sonar led to several patents. He also
taught self-defense techniques to his fellow servicemen. On slippery submarine
decks, he re-aggravated an old soccer knee injury. Refusing an operation, he was
prompted to intently explore and develop self-rehabilitation and awareness
techniques through self-observation which later evolved into the method. His
discoveries led him to begin sharing with others (including colleague J. D. Bernal)
through lectures, experimental classes, and one-on-one work with a few.
After leaving the Admiralty, he lived and worked in private industry in London.
His self-rehabilitation enabled him to continue his judo practice. From his position
on the international Judo committee he began to study judo scientically,
incorporating the knowledge he gained through his self-rehabilitation. In 1949, he
published the rst book on the Feldenkrais method, Body and Mature Behavior: A
Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation and Learning. During this period he studied the
work of G.I. Gurdjie, F. Matthias Alexander, Elsa Gindler and William Bates. He
also traveled to Switzerland to study with Heinrich Jacoby.
In 1951, he returned to the recently formed Israel. After directing the Israeli
Army Department of Electronics for several years, in 1954 he settled in Tel Aviv
where he began to teach his method full-time. He began training Mia Segal as his
assistant and his rst student in 1957.
In the same year, he gave lessons in
the Feldenkrais method to David Ben-Gurion, the Prime Minister of Israel,
enabling him to stand on his head in a yoga pose.
Throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and into the 1980s he presented the Feldenkrais
method throughout Europe and in North America (including an Awareness
Through Movement program for human potential trainers including at Esalen
Institute in 1972). He also began to train teachers in the method so they could, in
turn, present the work to others. He trained the rst group of 13 teachers in the
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method from 19691971 in Tel Aviv. Over the course of four summers from
19751978, he trained 65 teachers in San Francisco at Lone Mountain College
under the auspices of the Humanistic Psychology Institute. In 1980, 235 students
began his summer teacher-training course at Hampshire College in Amherst,
Massachusetts. After becoming ill in the fall of 1981, after teaching two of the
planned four summers, he stopped teaching publicly. He died on July 1, 1984.
There are well over 2000 practitioners of his method teaching throughout the
world today.
Books about the Feldenkrais Method
Mosh Feldenkrais, Body and Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex,
Gravitation and Learning. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1949; New
York: International Universities Press, 1950 (softcover edition, out of print);
Tel-Aviv: Alef Ltd., 1966, 1980, 1988 (hardcover edition).
Mosh Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement: Health Exercises for
Personal Growth. New York/London: Harper & Row 1972, 1977; Toronto:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1972, 1977 (hardcover edition, out of print);
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1972, 1977; San
Francisco: Harper Collins, 1990 (softcover edition).
Mosh Feldenkrais, The Case of Nora: Body Awareness as Healing Therapy.
New York/London: Harper & Row, 1977 (out of print).
Mosh Feldenkrais, The Elusive Obvious. Cupertino, California: Meta
Publications, 1981.
Mosh Feldenkrais, The Master Moves. Cupertino, California: Meta
Publications, 1984, (softcover edition.)
Mosh Feldenkrais, The Potent Self. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1985.
Harper Collins, New York, 1992, (softcover edition.)
Mosh Feldenkrais, Embodied Wisdom: The Collected Papers of Mosh
Feldenkrais. California: Somatic Resources and North Atlantic Books. 2010.
Noah Eshkol, 50 Lessons by Dr. Feldenkrais. Tel-Aviv, Israel: Alef Publishers,
1980 (written in Movement Notation).
Books about Jiujitsu and Judo
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tienne Chiron, Jiu-jitsu. Paris, 1934 (out of print).
tienne Chiron, Manuel pratique du Jiu-jitsu: la dfense du faible contre
l'agresseur. Paris, 1939 (out of print).
tienne Chiron, ABC du Judo. Paris, 1941 (out of print).
Mosh Feldenkrais, Practical Unarmed Combat. London: Frederick Warne &
Co., 1941. Revised edition 1944, 1967 (out of print).
Mosh Feldenkrais, Hadaka-Jime: The Core Technique for Practical Unarmed
Combat. Colorado: Genesis II Publishing, 2009. Updated Practical Unarmed
Combat with new forward by Moti Nativ.
Mosh Feldenkrais, Judo: The Art of Defense and Attack. New York and
London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1944, 1967 (out of print).
Mosh Feldenkrais, Higher Judo (Groundwork). New York and London:
Frederick Warne & Co., 1952 (out of print). Xerox copy available from
Feldenkrais Resources.
Articles and transcribed lectures
Mosh Feldenkrais, A Non-Specic Treatment., The Feldenkrais Journal, No.
6, 1991. (Lecture from 1975 Training Program, edited by Mark Reese.)
Mosh Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement., Annual Handbook for
Group Facilitators. John E. Jones and J. William Pfeier (eds.). La Jolla, CA:
University Associates, 1975.
Mosh Feldenkrais, Bodily Expression., Somatics, Vol. 6, No. 4,
Spring/Summer 1988. (Translated from the French by Thomas Hanna.)
Mosh Feldenkrais, Bodily Expression (Conclusion)., Somatics, Vol. 7, No. 1,
Autumn/Winter 1988-89.
Mosh Feldenkrais, Learn to Learn Booklet. Washington D.C.: ATM
Recordings, 1980.
Mosh Feldenkrais, On Health. Dromenon, Vol. 2, No. 2, August/September
Mosh Feldenkrais, On the Primacy of Hearing., Somatics, Vol. 1, No. 1,
Autumn 1976.
Mosh Feldenkrais, Man and the World., Somatics, Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring
1979. Reprinted in Explorers of Humankind, Thomas Hanna (ed.). San
Francisco: Harper & Row, 1979.
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Mosh Feldenkrais, Mind and Body. Two lectures in Systematics: The Journal
of the Institute for the Comparative Study of History, Philosophy and the
Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 1, June 1964. Reprinted in Your Body Works, Gerald
Kogan (ed.). Berkeley: Transformations, 1980.
Mosh Feldenkrais, Self-Fulllment Through Organic Learning., Journal of
Holistic Health, Vol. 7, 1982. (Lecture delivered at the Mandala Conference,
San Diego, 1981, edited by Mark Reese.)
^ "Who Was Moshe Feldenkrais?" (http://www.feldenkrais.com/method
/frequently_asked_questions/#9). Feldenkrais Guild of North America.
^ Reese, Mark. "About Moshe" (http://www.feldenkraislearning.com
^ Hanna, Thomas. "Interview with Mia Segal" (http://www.mbsacademy.org
/blog/?p=193). Somatics Magazine, 1985-86, p. 8-20.
^ Priesching, Doris. (June 6, 2010). "Alles Kann Ein Bisschen Besser Werden."
werden). Der Standard.
About Mosh Feldenkrais and The Feldenkrais Method
(http://www.feldenkraislearning.com/html/about_moshe.html) by Mark Reese
A Concise Biography of Moshe Feldenkrais (http://www.feldenkrais.com
/method/a_biography_of_moshe_feldenkrais/) by Mark Reese
Bibliography of the Feldenkrais Method (http://www.feldenkraislearning.com
/bibliography%20of%20the%20feldenkrais%20method.htm) compiled by
Mark Reese
Feldenkrais and Judo (http://www.judoinfo.com/feldenkrais.htm) by Dennis
Some History (http://www.feldenkrais.com.au/word%20doc
/some%20history.html) from the Australian Feldenkrais Center
Readings on the Feldenkrais Method (http://www.feldnet.com/Readings/tabid
/58/Default.aspx) Articles on the Method incl some rare ones
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