MBS Academy has been recognized for four decades as a leader in developing, documenting, updating, qualifying world class practitioners in the original teachings of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.
Beginning in 1957, as Grand Master Mia Segal, his first and only assistant for the sixteen years forming this body of work and philosophy, and Master Leora Gaster, raised from infancy with it as a natural part of life, developing and updating the work with expanded studies in Bran and Behavior, we have perfected the approach, philosophy and practical applications of Mind Body Studies, to benefit anyone, at any age and in any condition: from world class performers and athletes, to people with difficult challenges.
Mind Body Studies (MBS) is a set of easy and simple movement-thought exercises anyone can do, which guides your through toward expansion of choices and ease of movement and thought.
Based in cutting edge neuroscientific and physiological research, these awareness through movement exercises leverage the loop of brain, body and internal thought process. It looks a bit like yoga with awareness and mindfulness rolled into one, guiding you to discover and apply your optimal potential.
The techniques and tools you acquire transform habitual patterns so you can achieve your personal and professional goals. Progress is immediate and continues to expand through a huge array of movement configurations, which anyone can do. MBS is also explained as a language of communication between brain and behavior, empowering individuals to regain self-mastery of both physical and mental states.
Where Neuroscience, Psychology, Education and Movement come together.
Managing behavior through thought, and thought through movement.
The exercises are exceptional in that they affect eight key behavioral components simultaneously:
1. Movement: Experiential learning of our bodies is abilities and connections.
2. Technique: Enhancing and improving the movement of self and others.
3. Sensing: Developing simultaneous attention on multiple levels.
4. Cognitive: Understanding principles and patterns of thought and movement.
5. Beliefs: Experientially re-examining existing beliefs about self and motivation.
6. Values: Revisiting culturally instilled goals and achievements.
7. Self Image: Checking subjective experiences in our environment.
8. Identity: Connecting with innermost identity and center of self.
MBS Academy’s mission is to keep building on the core principles developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and continued in collaboration with Mia Segal. Since our founding by Mia Segal and Leora Gaster, we have developed and offered succinct and effective curriculum for all our trainings.
We are dedicated to spread this teaching and make it’s wisdom and practical applications available to all: from school children to seniors, professional performers, individuals with physical challenges, the medical community and professionals of varied vocations.
Our courses are designed to empower our students with clear, useable tools for personal and professional development. Our students thrive in a supportive, encouraging environment, with personal attention and guidance throughout; thus providing students with confidence and a high level of technical ability. Our courses weave theory, philosophy and practice, and are taught in the spirit of the joy of discovery and empowerment of the individual.
Our students, in person and online, benefit from attention and personal guidance as needed, to support insight, confidence and technical proficiency. We weave theory, technique, philosophy and practice together, to empower each person to live and perform at their best.
The international body of students and graduates of MBS Academy demonstrate continued success as practitioners and teachers, carrying forward the mission of spreading this work, to expand the reach, benefits and opportunities for many worldwide.
As well as, arguably, the most experienced masters in this field, we are a team of highly professional and proficient trainers of all levels, who can help your specific needs and interests, in a variety of languages and locations. Lessons in those multiple-languages are available on our online academy: www.mbsacademyonline.org
Learning from centuries of wisdom and with 50 years of teaching successfully, we continue to be dedicated to improve your quality of life.
MBS Academy, founded by Mia Segal and Leora Gaster, is the premier teaching centre for Mind Body Studies. Our goal is to present a succinct and effective distillation of practical applications to finding and fulfilling your personal best.
Dr. Feldenkrais’ work and passions are brought directly to MBS Academy by Mia. She was his first and long standing trusted assistant and collaborator, spending many years at his side. The MBS approach was developed through on-going discussions and experimentation in the Segal home, and in the subsequent 40 years of work, Mia and Leora Segal-Gaster, developed an effective curriculum to pass this work on to others.
Graduates of MBS Academy have shown continued success as MBS Practitioners and in bringing this work to their respective professions. In carrying on the mission of spreading this work, MBS Academy has trained an energetic and proficient new generation of MBS Trainers to further expand the opportunities for training around the world.