The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984). Dr. Feldenkrais was a genius at understanding and teaching what author Pamela Kihm calls “skeletal engineering.” For example, when what’s below is skeletally organized to support what’s above, your muscles don’t have to work as hard to maintain balance.
After years of trying to move through an active life in spite of severe pain, Moshe Feldenkrais was informed by his doctors that knee surgery might help. However, they admitted there was only a 50% chance his pain would be eliminated. The doctors also admitted that surgery might cause him to lose mobility. This was the 1940’s, some twenty years after he had torn all the soft tissue in one knee playing soccer while attending the Sorbonne University in France.
Instead of having surgery—or continuing to force through the pain—Dr. Feldenkrais focused on what he was doing differently when the pain wasn’t as severe. He applied engineering principles to his own body and taught himself to walk pain-free with no limp. Soon he began to help others and the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education developed. Dr. Feldenkrais eventually trained assistants to accommodate the large number of people wanting help through this effective system. There are now over 3,000 Feldenkrais Practitioners worldwide.
“Many members of the medical community have seen the value
of the Feldenkrais Method® in improving their patients’ lives and sometimes the underlying medical condition.”
“I have long been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I currently recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain.
I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.”