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Making Connections: Roots and Resonance in the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais (Second Edition)

by David Kaetz

While much is known of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais' erudition in the sciences and his mastery of the martial arts, Feldenkrais' intellectual, spiritual and cultural roots have remained largely unexplored. Feldnekrais may have been very much a skeptic, but he grew up in a context enriched by both cultural and religious Judaism. In fact, Feldenkrais' great-great grandfather was Pinchas of Korets, one of the most famous 18th century Hassidic masters. In this outstanding new book, 'Making Connection', David Kaetz introduces us to a culture of passionate inquiry, paradoxical teaching, and warm-hearted storytelling.

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by David Kaetz

While much is known of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais' erudition in the sciences and his mastery of the martial arts, Feldenkrais' intellectual, spiritual and cultural roots have remained largely unexplored. Feldnekrais may have been very much a skeptic, but he grew up in a context enriched by both cultural and religious Judaism. In fact, Feldenkrais' great-great grandfather was Pinchas of Korets, one of the most famous 18th century Hassidic masters. In this outstanding new book, 'Making Connection', David Kaetz introduces us to a culture of passionate inquiry, paradoxical teaching, and warm-hearted storytelling.

What People are Saying

"Feldenkrais practitioners may have come to understand Feldenkrais' explorations in the field of body and mind, find orientation in the clear logic of how the human structure balances and moves in the field of gravity, all passed on to us in the shape of hundreds of movement sequences, which form the basis for our and our students' learning.

But how do we understand his way of teaching, the chosen words, appearing often riddled or full of paradox? Are these things simply a reflection of the man's personality, or do we find a connection to Feldenkrais' formative years, to the world he grew up in? David Kaetz manages beautifully to interweave Hasidic teaching with the way Feldenkrais teaches, ancient wisdom shining through in his words and images.

The book is a joy to read, it's gripping, heart-warming and thought-provoking. In the short time it has been in my possession it has been influencing my way of thinking about the work I do; it has made me more 'thoughtful,' has made me look a bit less at the 'what' of my teaching, and a bit more at the 'how' I'm doing it.

And the image of the man Moshe Feldenkrais has expanded beyond the scientist, Judo master with a damaged knee to the human being Moshe Feldenkrais, who has finally been granted a tradition and a childhood, both of which are the backbone to his life."

An excerpt from Oxford practitioner Vreni Booth's review of the book,
written for the newsletter of the UK Guild.

Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sc. (1904 - 1984) began developing what has become known as the Feldenkrais Method after he sustained a crippling knee injury while working in England during World War II. His own recovery process and subsequent wide-ranging research resulted in the creation of a unique educational system that incorporated his background in physics, Judo, and a lifelong interest in human development. By the end of Dr. Feldenkrais’s life, the Feldenkrais Method had gained an International reputation and he had trained a significant number of teachers. The Method that bears his name continues to evolve and spread across the globe.

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