reference – publications

The following publications are referenced by James T. McCay in BEYOND MOTIVATION and noted on the appropriate page.

Jim was a master of synergizing and connecting the dots and I find it exciting to be able look at where the germs of McCay’s thoughts came from. – Richard E. Ward

The synopsis for each publication has been added to this edition of BEYOND MOTIVATION and linked to the author bios in the book for easy reference while reading.

Follow the links below to find a copy of the brief synopsis of each publication as well as links to buy the books online in the Beyond Motivation Bookstore Shop.

Awareness Through Movement

Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais has helped thousands find renewed health and increased sensory awareness through the Feldenkrais Method.

The Feldenkrais Method is a way for people of every age to integrate physical and mental development into a new, invigorating wholeness.

Moshe Feldenkrais provides a modern-day, practical program for the perennial ideal of a healthy mind in a healthy body.

His down-to-earth method in Awareness Through Movement carefully avoids any mystical component and never obliges any pupil to master abstruse theories.

Exercises for posture, eyes, imagination, and more will simultaneously build better body habits and focus new dimensions of awareness, self-image, and human potential.

Moshe Feldenkrais

Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was an engineer, physicist, inventor, martial artist and student of human development.

Moshe Feldenkrais

Dr. Feldenkrais authored a number of seminal books on movement, learning, human consciousness and somatic experience including Awareness Through Movement and Body And Mature Behavior.

Born in the Ukraine, he emigrated to British Mandate Palestine as a young man. Later he studied at the Sorbonne and worked in the Joliot Curie laboratory in Paris during the 1930s. His interest in Ju Jitsu brought him into contact with Professor Kano who developed the sport of Judo. Dr. Feldenkrais was a founder of the Ju Jitsu Club of Paris and was one of the first Europeans to earn a black belt in Judo.

Escaping the Nazi advance he went to Britain and worked on anti-submarine research for the Admiralty. It was there in the 1940s that he began to develop his Method and wrote his first book on the subject. A knee injury, and uncertain prospects for surgery, began Feldenkrais on what was to become a life long exploration of the relationship between movement and consciousness.

In developing his work Moshe Feldenkrais studied, among other things, anatomy, physiology, child development, movement science, evolution, psychology, a number of Eastern awareness practices and other somatic approaches.

He taught in Israel and many countries in Europe through the 1960s and 1970s and in North America through the 1970s and 1980s. He trained his first group of teachers in Tel Aviv in the early 1970s. This was followed by two groups in the USA – one group in San Francisco and another in Amherst, Massachusetts.

In his life Dr. Feldenkrais worked with all kinds of people with an enormous range of learning needs – from many infants with Cerebral Palsy to leading performers such as the violinist, the late Yehudi Menuhin. He taught over a number of years for the dramatist Peter Brook and his Theatre Bouffes du Nord. He was a collaborator with thinkers such as anthropologist Margaret Mead, neuroscientist Karl Pribram and explorers of the psychophysical Jean Houston and Robert Masters.

The breadth, vitality and precision of Dr. Feldenkrais’ work has seen it applied in diverse fields including neurology, psychology, performing arts, sports and rehabilitation.

Written by Cliff Smyth and first published on the website of the International Feldenkrais Federation.