Moshé Feldenkrais, DSc (1904-1984) was born in the present-day territory of Ukraine, under the Russian Empire. His life was extrodinary in number of ways; here's a timeline of his life with some milestones identified.
After an early interest in physics and martial arts, Dr. Feldenkrais discovered a distinctly unique approach to self-development that was later called somatic education. Consciously-directed movement is used to improve self-awareness and one’s ability to accommodate a challenge, or to harmonize with a given scenario. Feldenkrais lessons allow one to change their unconscious neuromuscular patterns, providing a long-term approach towards changing ones postural habits or other behavioral patterns.
The Feldenkrais Method is taught in two ways, both which honor and develop the student's sense of autonomy. One way, called Awareness Through Movement, uses verbally guided movements to help the student to discover additional (and potentially more comfortable) movement patterns. This format is amenable to group or individual classes. You can find a calendar of Awareness Through Movement classes here.
The second way Feldenkrais is taught is called Functional Integration. In this approach, a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner manually guides the student through the non habitual movements. This non-verbal approach is often the fastest way to address specific concerns or learning goals. It is taught in individual classes. (Click here to schedule a Functional Integration with Ryan.)
The experiential, first-hand nature of Feldenkrais makes it difficult to correlate the actual practice to the large body of theory that supports or challenges the practice. One goal of Feld Guide is to provide a clear source of objective support for the many experiential insights that result from the practice.
To learn more about the history of Feldenkrais Method®, or how it can benefit you contact Dr. Hoffman