In 1981, Moshe Feldenkrais’ introduced the “bell hand” lessons to those of us who enrolled in the Amherst teacher training program. Many consider this creation the culmination of decades of work. Combining a gentle, slow octopus-like motion of the fingers and hand with gradual transitions from one position to another, these Awareness Through Movement classes lead to a profound, global reorganization of the nervous system.
Due to a series of strokes, that was the last time Feldenkrais taught.
However, Moshe’s condition didn’t stop him from applying his eponymous methodology to himself, which only makes sense given that a central tenet of Moshe’s method is that we can help ourselves. He worked with himself and with the help of some of his closest longtime collaborators to recover his abilities. Rumor has it that this led him to develop in unexpected and unique directions. Supposedly Moshe continued making discoveries, inventing new tactics and techniques, and, eventually, coming up with a startling new series of ATMs.
For almost forty years, nothing quashed the whispers about these legendary lessons. It is said that after they were documented by one of his assistants, Moshe guarded them closely. After he passed, people searched for the handwritten notes through his vast library and amongst his collected papers to no avail.
Some claim that the notes were stolen from Moshe’s apartment by an unseemly visitor during his dying days; others insist he entrusted them to someone who promised to watch over them. Despite repeated inquiries and dedicated searches, no one ever found a trace of his final findings.
Until recently, that is.
The last of Dr. Feldenkrais’ belongings were found stashed away in the basement corner of the granddaughter of his former neighbor. A carton of bed linens was among the forgotten household items, including dishes, cutlery, and assorted tchotchkes. A subsequent search unearthed, at the bottom of the battered box, below the various blankets and sheets, tucked neatly away inside a pillowcase, a sheaf of paper containing the long-lost notes.
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