“...The intention of this practice, organization, or learning needs to be done so that whatever is already existing in the nervous system and disturbed by habit, can be brought back to life. All the method can do is assist a person to discover his full ability. That is all the method can do.
Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an Israeli engineer and physicist, the founder of the first Judo Club in Europe and the conceiver of the Feldenkrais Method®, says that harmony, comfort and efficiency of movement are closely connected with our self-awareness and our capacity to “learn how to learn”.
Feldenkrais was born in the Ukrainian town of Slavuta. In 1918, he left his family, then living in Baranovichi, Belarus, to emigrate to Israel. There he worked as a laborer before obtaining his high-school Attestato in 1925. After graduation, he worked as a cartographer for the British survey office. During his time in Palestine he began his studies of self-defense, including jiu jitsu. A soccer injury in 1929 would later figure into the development of his method.