Moshe Feldenkrais has become recognized as one of the most important recent innovators in the fields of bodywork, physical therapy and healing. Trained as a physicist, Feldenkrais was an associate of Joliot-Curie in Paris before World War II and helped to smuggle the results of his atomic research out of France during the German occupation. He developed his own form of martial art to help the settlers involved in the reestablishment of the state of Israel, and is the only Westerner to have a move incorporated into the ancient martial art of Judo.
Feldenkrais’ fame, and the primary arena for his genius, came from his work with people with difficult physical handicaps, such as cerebral palsy, stroke, spinal injury, scoliosis, etc. It was Feldenkrais’ ability to innovate within the basic parameters of his work that allowed him to evolve his method and determine the unique but fundamental needs of each of his individual patients.
The modeling tools of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) provide a way to gain insight into the mental processes that guided Feldenkrais’ gifted hands. By exploring the ways people organize their sensory experience into specific strategies we can create an explicit map of how Feldenkrais determined what to do in addition to the maps of what he decided to do.