About Moshe Feldenkrais & The Feldenkrais Method®
Moshe Feldenkrais D.Sc. was a revolutionary thinker who observed that his inability to improve his walking after a knee injury was due more to an old movement pattern he had learned early on in life, than the knee itself. He hypothesized that to make a shift in a movement pattern and create new action, he would need to unlearn the old patterns and replicate those natural learning explorations of sensing and noticing differences we did as children. He was interested in the brain and brain/body maps. These maps, which we now know exist through MRIs, can be varied by making small changes in a movement. His Method encourages each person to engage in the process of sensing as they move, learn to differentiate, and fine tune their abilities. This encourages new possibilities for action. Through his Method, many people of all ages have found ways to change patterns of action, to improve function, reduce pain and feel more powerful.
Moshe Feldenkrais also worked with children with special needs, becoming known for improving each child’s ability to move in spite of severe challenges. Dr. Feldenkrais defined learning as ‘discerning differences’. He observed that children learn through exploring movements. They try a new action, sense differences and make choices to form a pattern of action – be it to reach for an object or put a round donut in a round hole. He astutely understood that children who didn’t move fully due to early learning difficulties needed extra support in sensing their movements before they could perform optimally in a fundamental action.