Years ago, I was a dancer and choreographer working with Anna Halprin’s dance troupe in San Francisco. I was young and I didn’t know what damage dance could do to my body and the bodies of other artists I worked with. Fortunately, I met someone who did – a physicist, engineer, and Judo Master named Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.
An avid soccer player, Dr. Feldenkrais was one of the first Europeans to study Judo and earned a black belt in Judo in London. Unfortunately for him, he severely injured his knee. Doctors told him that he only had a 50% chance of recovery and that without surgery he might spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. So what did he do? Like any good scientist, he researched the problem and found solutions.
The result was the Feldenkrais Method®: primal and developmental movements that require awareness and provide a basis to functional movement. In other words, Dr. Feldenkrais found that if we could understand how our body moves and why, that we could heal joint and muscle pain or even prevent it. His system utilizes novelty rather than repetitive movements and in that way, brings the mind and the body together.
Meeting Dr. Feldenkrais saved my life. All these years later, I don’t have the mobility and memory issues that many of my former dancers now suffer. The vast repertoire of movements increased my strength and grace. And I’m not the only one who feels this way.
I was Moshe Feldenkrais’ first North American student. I took a dramatic, intensive course from Feldenkrais, along with Peter Brook and his world-famous physical theater troupe. I was hooked.
I studied with Feldenkrais for a decade and found his work blended easily with my degrees in Physical Education, Biology, and later, Somatic Psychology. It became clear to me that psychology and the science of motion are connected. Teaching the work of Moshe Feldenkrais meant teaching others how to effectively reduce or eliminate pain, stress, and injuries, and how to reduce anxiety and healing time.
Over the past 40 years I’ve continued to practice the Feldenkrais Method – and I’ve trained hundreds of Feldenkrais practitioners all over the world. I’ve taught physical therapists, massage therapists, dancers, martial artists, athletes, and others how somatic movement can save their lives. I can teach you too. Click here to sign up for my next Feldenkrais Training Program.