Abraham Mansbach is a scholar in philosophy and a Feldenkrais practitioner. Born in Mexico City in 1949, he has lived in Israel since 1976. After his undergraduate studies in Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), he completed his graduate studies in Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (M.A. and Ph.D.) and The New School for Social Research, New York (Postdoctoral Research). He received his certification as a Feldenkrais Practitioner from the Israeli Feldenkrais Association.
Professionally, Abraham held a Professorship at the Philosophy Department at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) and has been practicing the Feldenkrais Method for more than two decades, including teaching and directing workshops at venues in Europe (Barcelona and Berlin) and Mexico. In his private practice in Israel, he works with groups as well as in person-to-person lessons with people who are interested in self-healing.
Abraham specializes in the relationship between identity, selfhood, and the body and, more specifically, in the ways in which practices shape persons and their identities. His books and scholarly articles are phenomenological studies of basic human experiences, such as being in the world and using tools, as well as of artistic creation and practices that are exercised in the public sphere such as truth-telling (whistleblowing). Most recently, he has published on intersections of the Feldenkrais Method with the cultural domain as representative of a wider “somatic turn” of Western culture.
In Israel, his work has been highly praised and he has received grants for his research from a variety of sources, among them the Richard Koebner Center, the Edmond Rothschild Foundation, and The Israeli Science Foundation (ISF), founded by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
The following are service marks or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America: Feldenkrais, Feldenkrais Method, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.