Moshe Feldenkrais Biography Now Available!
Thursday, August 6, 2015
by: FGNA Staff

Section: Community News





Congratulations to Carol Kress Reese and Reese Kress Somatics Press for the publication of Moshe Feldenkrais, A Life in Movement, Volume One by the late Mark Reese.

Thank you for the many, many years of research, writing, and editing that went into this project. Its publication will be of great benefit to everyone searching to experience a more embodied way of living. Mazel tov.


Available through Feldenkrais Resources.


Check out what others have said about this momentous publication:


In the early 1980’s, Mark began to formulate the idea of writing a definitive biography of Feldenkrais. The concept was not only to cover his life story, the incredible people he knew, the pivotal world events through which he had lived, his relationship with the early history of Judo, and his work as a physicist with Frederic Joliot-Curie, but that the book would additionally provide a full, erudite history and explanation of the development over time of Feldenkrais theories, and how they would lead to the development of what today is called the Feldenkrais Method. This would be no ordinary biography; it would put Feldenkrais’ ideas into a larger intellectual and historical context of the most important ideas of our times, in philosophy, physics, biology, and psychology. Mark brought to this task his love for Socratic questioning, his rigorous thinking, and his requirement for precision in language. Literally no stone would be left unturned, whether that stone might be found in one of Feldenkrais’ childhood homes in present day Ukraine, or in the still secret nuclear bomb archives of the State of Israel. And then there was the tracking down and interviewing of Feldenkrais’ family, close friends, students, and fellow scientists in the U.S., France, England, Switzerland, and Israel, a race against time since so many were already elderly.” – David Zemach-Bersin

Mark Reese’s biography of Moshe Feldenkrais is at once a great example of historical research and an odyssey of self inquiry and discovery for the book’s subject, for the author, and for the reader. In a really good biography, it seems to me, one learns about a life and a time and a place not one’s own. A great biography additionally offers another sense of the reader’s own time and place. In the biography of Moshe Feldenkrais, one man’s journey–driven by a dual sense of self discovery and geographical and cultural displacement–can’t help but excite in the reader a desire to inhabit his or her world in a new way.” – Dennis Leri

Mark Reese was one of Moshe Feldenkrais’ most accomplished followers; training new teachers worldwide, writing extensively about the Feldenkrais Method and profoundly influencing the development of the Feldenkrais Method as a profession. Mark artfully interweaves the evolution of Feldenkrais’ ideas with those of his personal history. The result is a multilayered tale of the development of the Feldenkrais Method as spellbinding as Feldenkrais’ life story. His experiences with martial arts, physics, engineering, Hasidism, autosuggestion, Gurdjieffian spirituality, and the early somatics pioneers are all investigated and connected to principles of the Feldenkrais Method. For those of us engaged in its practice, the depth of discussion and analysis related to the evolution of the Method is a stunning and fundamental resource.” – Elizabeth Beringer

Genius, of the magnitude possessed by Moshe Feldenkrais, defies categorization: what, after all, was he? He could function at the highest level in nuclear physics, as a martial artist, as an inventor, as a developer of top-secret counterespionage projects, and as one of the most prescient observers of neuroscience. But the role for which he would have wished to be remembered was his bringing all these backgrounds together to become one of the most important forces in holistic healing, who fused insights from Eastern thought and Western science in a whole new way. Now, finally, the great integrative genius and master of turning scientific insights into practical ways to help people has found, in Mark Reese, the biographer he deserves. Moshe Feldenkrais: A Life in Movement, Volume One, is a fastidiously researched, exciting, profoundly insightful story, that gets deep inside the mind of the swashbuckling, theatrical, brilliant integrator, as he lived through many of the greatest intellectual, political, and scientific events of the 20th century, met and worked with many of the most creative scientists and clinicians, and who, in his struggle to overcome his own major injury, pioneered a unique way of teaching people to learn how to learn, and to change their brains, by increasing awareness of whatever they did, providing the foundation for a gentle but powerful approach to alleviating human suffering.” – Norman Doidge, MD, Author of The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain's Way of Healing

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stacy barrows
8/14/2015 11:38:16 PM
Since I have not read this book yet, I can only imagine how much Dr. Mark Reese’s writings will bring us into this world through fascination, inquiry and curiosity. I cannot wait to get my copy. I also ordered another copy to donate proudly to my local library. I don't think any of us in this community of Feldenkrais followers underestimates the enormity of this venture. Imagine, to not only tell Dr. Feldenkrais’s story, but to engage and help us find words to what Feldenkrais meant for us to learn how to be our own teachers. Thank you Carol!!!!! And of course Mark Reese. I am sure the wait is worth it.


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