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Moshe Feldenkrais: A Life in Movement
by Mark Reese

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This definitive biography of Moshe Feldenkrais retraces his remarkable adventures and explorations over several continents, and through some of the pivotal events of the twentieth century. Weaving together Feldenkrais's life and his work, this book is compelling reading for all who would like to learn more about his thought and method, and indispensable for anyone already deeply engaged with his work. Authored by Mark Reese, Feldenkrais's long time student and an accomplished Feldenkrais practitioner, this meticulously researched book took nearly two decades to complete.

571 Pages

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The odyssey that is Moshe Feldenkrais’s life began in Eastern Europe, in what is now Ukraine. He came of age amid many of the central crises of the 20th century, experiencing firsthand the turmoil of the World War I as a child. He emigrated alone, at 14, and became part of the establishment of a Jewish Palestine. Later, Moshe would work with the Curies in groundbreaking nuclear research and find a mentor in Jigoro Kano, the creator of Judo, who deputized him to introduce this martial art to France.

Moshe’s intellect was formidable, and his explorations led him to become a pivotal figure in the science of somatics. A synthesis of Feldenkrais’s life and his work, this biography will be compelling reading for those who would like to learn about his thought processes and about the Feldenkrais Method, and indispensable for anyone deeply engaged with this work.

“Mark [Reese] artfully interweaves the evolution of Feldenkrais’s ideas with those of his personal history. The result is a multilayered tale of the development of the Feldenkrais Method® as spellbinding as Feldenkrais’s life story. “ —Elizabeth Beringer

About the Author

One of Feldenkrais’s first American students, Mark studied with him from 1975, first in Israel and later in the U.S., until Feldenkrais’s death in 1984. Mark played a crucial role in introducing the Feldenkrais Method in the United States, writing articles and conducting some of the first training programs in the U.S. for new Feldenkrais practitioners. A Life in Movement chronicles Feldenkrais’s life alongside the theories and principles that underpin the Feldenkrais Method. As Carol Kress, Mark's widow and editor, writes: “His personal imperative was to organize these essentials, and bring them front and center into the education of careful students of the Method. Mark would settle for nothing less than advancing the full spectrum of Feldenkrais’s formulations and innovations, with the emphasis on the realization of each person’s potential.”


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Not Only The Only Authorized Bio, But Most Worthwh September 25, 2015
Reviewer: mark notzon from Decatur, Michigan United States  
There is no privilege in being the first to review this book; the greater value is in saying (I hope) something intelligent. I must further  confess that I have not yet read the entire opus. I took the advice of Carol Kress Reese who states in her preface that “practitioners .. and readerx... will find their own pathway (italics mine) to the treasure it holds.”  I first  covered the account of Feldenkrais and the Gurdjieff work,  the comparison with Wilhelm Reich and the tangled (is there a better word?) relationship between the Feldenkrais and F. M. Alexander schools.

Rees’s comparison of various schools and their degrees of influence on Feldenkrais  are thorough and fair. In no way does Reese become a mouthpiece for an ideology (the McThink of thinking)  turning Feldenkrais into a father figure to be worshiped, an unfortunate feature  of  Ernest Jones’s early biography of Freud. The worst fate of a creative iconoclast is to become an idol.
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