„To make the impossible possible, the possible easy,
and the easy elegant.“
Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais
The Feldenkrais-method was developed by Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984). A trained physicist, engineer, judo master, and teacher, he was also a pioneer of somatic learning.
The ideas of Moshé Feldenkrais—which were also presented in the books he authored—were far ahead of his time.
A soccer-related knee injury he received as a young man was the original motive for his decades of research and the development of his method.
Feldenkrais came to the realization that he could change or even improve both his outer and inner sense of self through observant, self-aware movements. He saw that this had a direct connection to his knee condition, and that it provided him with the possibility of improving it.
Our sense of self is affected by multiple influences, such as education, formative and traumatic experiences, accidents, relationships, etc.—in short, by life in general.
It was Feldenkrais’s goal to develop a method that would allow people to improve their mental and physical functioning.