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The name of the Feldenkrais Method comes from its founder/creator, Moshé Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an Israeli engineer, scientist, jiu-jitsu and judo master.
During his younger years, Moshé Feldenkrais published several interesting works about self-defense and martial arts in which a great interest in evolutionary progression and human learning began.
The Feldenkrais Method, as it is known today, is greatly based on the personal experiences of Moshé Feldenkrais; from the development of his own self-defense techniques, as well as his knowledge and analysis of Judo principles. Later in life he became an engineer and scientist, which coupled with an inoperable knee injury, contributed to the development of his method.
Moshé Feldenkrais devoted his life to the investigation of the function of the human brain, anatomy, kinematics and physiology. As a result he created a unique learning method.
Until his death in 1984, Moshé Feldenkrais directed the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel-Aviv and taught the Method in America and Europe.