Books by Moshe Feldenkrais, DSc

For those of you who would like to read more of Moshe Feldenkrais’ ideas - here are the titles of his books:

Awareness Through Movement: Health Exercises For Personal Growth, Harper San Francisco/Harper and Row, NY, 1972 and 1977.

Embodied Wisdom: The Collected Papers of Moshe Feldenkrais (Edited by Elizabeth Beringer), North Atlantic, Berkeley, CA, 2010.

The Case of Nora: Adventures in the Jungle of the Brain, Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1977. Reprinted Feldenkrais Resources, Berkeley CA, 1994, as Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora.

The Elusive Obvious, Meta Publications, Cupertino CA, 1981.

The Master Moves, Meta Publications, Cupertino, CA, 1984.

The Potent Self: A Guide to Spontaneity, Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1985; republished as The Potent Self: A Study of Spontaneity and Compulsion, with a new Foreword by Mark Reese, Somatic Resources/Frog Ltd, Berkeley, CA, 2002.

Body and Mature Behavior: A Study of Anxiety, Sex, Gravitation & Learning, International Univeristies Press, New York, 1949, reprinted Alef Ltd, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1983. Republished with a new Foreword by Carl Ginsburg, Somatic Resources/Frog Ltd, Berkeley, CA, 2005.

Thinking and Doing: A Monograph by Moshe Feldenkrais, Genesis II Publishing, Longmont, CO, 2013.

Hakaka-Jime: The Core Technique for Practical Unarmed Combat, (Edited by Moti Nativ), Genesis II Publishing, Longmont, CO, 2009.

Higher Judo: Ground Work (Katame-Waza), Frederick Warne, London and New York, 1952.

Judo: The Art of Defense and Attack (rev. ed.), Frederick Warne, London and New York, 1944.

Feldenkrais Biography

The late Mark Reese has written an impressive biography of Moshe Feldenkrais and the development of his ideas:

Moshe Feldenkrais: A Life in Movement (Volume 1), Mark Reese, Reesekress Somatics Press, San Rafael, CA, 2015.

Feldenkrais and Neuroplasticity

Two chapters of Dr Norman Doidge's book are devoted to Moshe Feldenkrais' ideas and the Feldenkrais Method:

The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity, Norman Doidge, MD,  Viking, New York, NY, 2015.

Books by Feldenkrais Teachers

Here are some publications by Feldenkrais teachers that may be of interest:

Awareness Heals: The Feldenkrais Method for Dynamic Health, Steven Shafarman, Addison and Wesley Publishing, Reading, MA, 1997. A good introduction to the Method. Steven Shafarman traces the history of how the Method was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais and some of the principal ideas. Along the way you hear interesting stories of Dr Feldenkrais and his approach to life, thinking and moving. Includes six basic Awareness Through Movement lessons you can do yourself.

Mindful Spontaneity: Moving in Tune with Nature, Lessons in the Feldenkrais Method, Ruthy Alon, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA, 1996. One of Moshe’s first assistants, Ruthy Alon explores movement in our lives. Includes a series of Awareness Though Movement lessons focusing on self-care for the spine.

Relaxercise, David Zemach-Bersin, Kathe Zemach-Bersin, Mark Reese, Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1990. A series of simple and effective lessons, based on Awareness Through Movement lessons, that you can follow from the book – or get the accompanying recordings.

Running with the Whole Body: A 30-day Program to Running Faster with Less Effort, Jack Heggie, Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 1986. Using Feldenkrais to run better through running smarter.

Skiing with the Whole Body: Your Ticket to the Expert Slopes, Jack Heggie, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 1993. The late Jack Heggie combines his experience and knowledge of skiing and Feldenkrais Method in this program.

Somatics: Reawakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health, Thomas Hanna, Addison-Wesley Publishing, Reading MA, 1988. The late Thomas Hanna coined the term ‘somatics’ and edited the journal of the same name for many years. Includes explorations of our habitual use of ourselves and Awareness Through Movement lessons to follow from the book.

Transforming Body Image: Learning to Love the Body You Have, Dr Marcia Germaine Hutchinson, The Crossing Press, Freedom CA, 1985. Dr Hutchinson draws heavily on Feldenkrais Method in this book of theory and practical exercises about women and body image.

The Insomnia Solution: the Natural, Drug-Free Way to a Good Night's Sleep, Michael Krugman, Warner Books, New York, 2005. Drawing on insights and techniques from the Feldenkrais Method, Michael Krugman has devised his system of helping us sleep better.

What Are You Afraid Of?: A Body/Mind Guide to Courageous Living, Lavinia Plonka, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, New York, 2004.  Dancer, choreographer and Feldenkrais teacher, Livinia Plonka, takes you on a journey exploring how we experince fear and anxiety in our bodies and our lives, and things we can do to help free us from fear.

The Intelligence of Moving Bodies: A Somatic View of the Life and Its Consequences, Carl Ginsburg, with contributions form Lucia Schuette-Ginsburg, AWAREing Press, Santa Fe, NM 2010. – Explores the philosophical and scientific roots of Feldenkrais' thinking. 

Making Connections: Hasidic Roots and Resonance in the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais, David Kaetz, River Center Publishing, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2007. – Explores some of the origins in Feldenkrais' thought in aspects of Judaism