Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

Moshe Pinchas Feldenkrais was born on May 6, 1904, in Slavuta, in the present-day Ukrainian Republic. When he was a small boy his family moved to the nearby town of Koretz. By 1912 his family moved to Baranovich, in what is today, Belarus. While Baranovich endured many World War I battles, Feldenkrais received his Bar Mitzvah, completed two years of high school, and received an education in the Hebrew language and Zionist philosophy. In 1918 Feldenkrais left by himself on a six-month journey to Palestine.


A goal of the Feldenkrais Foundation is to initiate, support and facilitate the publication of evidence-based, peer-reviewed research on the Feldenkrais Method. Because the Feldenkrais Method is a general approach to human learning and functioning, it can be applied to improve or alleviate many human difficulties.

Two Complementary Modalities

Functional Integration is a gentle, effective, hands-on, individual approach, widely recognized for its ability to address serious muscular and neurological problems, chronic tension and pain. Learning, change and improvement are achieved through the use of specific skilled movements, individualized for the client’s particular needs.

Awareness Through Movement (ATM) exercises or ‘lessons’ are easy to do, of benefit to everyone, and the results can be immediate and profound. Awareness Through Movement was developed by Dr. Feldenkrais as a means to re-engage the nervous system in the kind of fundamental learning process we all have access to as children, but lose as we get older.

Dr, Moshe Feldenkrais’ Books

Body and Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation and Learning: Somatic Resources, 1950, 1980.

Awareness Through Movement: Health Exercises for Personal Growth. New York: HarperCollins, 1972,1993.

The Potent Self. New York: Somatic Resources, 1985, 2004.

The Elusive Obvious. Cupertino, CA : Meta Publications, 1981..


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