The Body Cognition Method is not a course of treatment, but a way of life. This unique fitness system, administered by Josepha Michaeli, combines movement awareness with an original physiotherapeutic method. The physical aspect of The Body Cognition Method (proper movement and care of the body) and the intellectual aspect (knowledge of the body and an understanding of how it works) give its practitiones the capability to judge, select and adjust their activities to their body’s real needs.
The system is based on a specific conception of the human body which has evolved over many years of theoretical study and actual work in body movement and physiotherapy. Central to The Body Cognition Method is the ongoing study of human biomechanics. The architects of The Method have utilized this study to improve various aspects of posture and movement in everyday life.
Ms. Michaeli is a graduate of the movement Institute of Seminar HaKibbutzim, an institution of higher learning under the aegis of Israel’s Kibbutz Movement. Then, as now, its curriculum emphasized integrated physical / intellectual topics such as body awareness development, self-recognition through movement and noncompetitive movement education.
While at the Movement Institute, and for several years afterwards, Josepha Michaeli worked in close Association with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, as well as studying various other methods.
Graduating with honors, Ms. Michaeli began to work on her own, developing the early methods in which The Body Cognition Method was rooted. After her graduation (with distinction) from the Wingate Physiotherapy School, her original combination of movement education methods with physiotherapy gained broad recognition in the field. she was subsequently invited to teach in the Physiotherapy School of Assaf HaRofeh, a prestigious hospital near Tel-Aviv.
Ms. Michaeli ultimately returned to the Movement Institute of Seminar HaKibbutzim where she established the unique Health Movement Department. During her years in the Department, she continued her private work with movement groups and in physiotherapy, all the while developing and refining the methods which would later become The Body Cognition Method.