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Felden-What?
  Feldenkrais

How is that spelled again?
  Feld-en-krais

How is it pronounced? Think of the ending as rhyming with "rice."
  Feldenk-rice - it rhymes with paradise.

Moshé Pinchas Feldenkrais (1904-1984) a Jewish man with a German surname, was born in the Ukraine. Read his biography at Wikipedia.

Most people of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ generation and genius named their life’s work with their own name. Joseph Pilates and Pilates; F.M. Alexander and The Alexander Technique; Ida Rolf and Rolfing; Thomas Hanna with Hanna Somatics just to name a few.

Creative misspellings of the name include:

  • Feldenkreis
  • Feldenkrist
  • Feltenkrist
  • Feldinkris
  • Feltinkris
  • Feldenchrist
  • Feltinchrist
  • Feldenkrias
  • Feldinkrias
  • Feltinkais
  • Feltenkrist
  • Feltenkrais
  • Feltenkrias
  • Feldinkris

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The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education

The body of work that Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed is known as the Feldenkrais Method.

The Feldenkrais Method uses the entire body as a means for improving the quality of life, not by pushing the muscles to do more and more, but by engaging the whole individual in unique and novel ways. The result is that the brain becomes fully alive and available in ever increasing spirals of possibilities.

Movement, awareness, sensation, environment and results are the vehicles we use in this work. Because of the attention to this loop, the nervous system is stimulated in ways that deeply affect both the emotional and physical life.

As a client or student, there are two ways to experience the work: individual sessions known as Functional Integration® and group classes which are referred to as Awareness Through Movement®. In private or group classes you will explore working in the imagination and the breath; functional aspects such as reading, reaching and standing up; and even preparations for better running, jumping, judo rolls or headstands. Injury recovery is also a common and appropriate application of this work. You can read much more about the Feldenkrais Method at the national guild website. See our blog for links to more interesting, short videos on the Feldenkrais Method.

“Find your true weakness and surrender to it. Therein lies the path to genius. Most people spend their lives using their strengths to overcome or cover up their weaknesses.

Those few who use their strengths to incorporate their weakness, who don't divide themselves, those people are very rare. In any generation there are a few and they lead their generation.”

Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais