Goodbye Feldenkrais, hello “Open Somatics”

I have begun disentangling myself even more from the Feldenkrais name and trademarks. Though I have not been a member of the Feldenkrais Guild for nearly 20 years, I have always had an affinity for the Feldenkrais name and some of his ideas. But the recent abuse allegations against several of Moshe's direct students - and the resulting cover-up of the same - have convinced me to put the sometimes sordid and violent history of the Feldenkrais Guild behind me.

Feldenkrais was a genius in certain areas.

And I give him great credit and respect for his work and work ethic. But he often acted in a violent and arrogant manner that was deeply and profoundly disrespectful to his students and their development. And given how imitative we human beings are (like it or not) many of Moshe's students have continued down the path of psychological and emotional violence.

Time to let it go and move on.

The future of somatics is yet unwritten.

And the authors of that future just might be you.