MOSHE FELDENKRAIS (1904-1984)
Was an engineer, physicist, inventor, martial artist and student of human development.
(Doctor of Science, Sorbonne) Born in eastern Europe, he emigrated to Palestine as a young man. Later he studied at the Sorbonne and worked in the Joliot Curie laboratory in Paris during the 1930s. His interest in Ju Jitsu brought him into contact with Professor Kano who developed the sport of Judo. Feldenkrais was one of the first Europeans to earn a black belt in Judo. He began to developed his Method and wrote his first book on the subject in Britain in the 1940s.
In developing his work Feldenkrais studied, among other things, anatomy, physiology, child development, evolution, psycology, a number of Eastern awareness practices and other somatic approaches. In his life Dr. Feldenkrais taught in Israel, Europe and Nord America and worked with all kinds of people with an enormous range of learning needs; from infants with Cerebral Palsy to artists. The vitality and precision of Dr. Feldenkrais´ work has seen it aplied in diverse fields including neurology, psychology, performing arts, sports and rehabilitation.