Pat Korb, Anat Baniel and Moshe Feldenkrais
Margaret (Pat) Korb, Ph.D., 1920-2009, was Director and Co-Founder of the Gestalt Center of Gainesville. She began her career in Gestalt therapy in 1970 and was a co-author of the text, Gestalt Therapy: Practice and Theory (Pergamon Press, 1989). Pat held an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. She was a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a founding member of the International Gestalt Therapy Association (IGTA). Pat continued working with clients right up until her death in August 2009.
In 1987, after five years of training with Dr. Korb, I became an assistant trainer in Gestalt skilled communication groups. I decided to acquire the credentials for psychotherapy and in 1993 completed my MSW degree with Florida State University. In 1995 I completed the first Gestalt Therapy Professional Training and became a trainer for subsequent professional training programs. Pat Korb was one of my primary professional and personal support persons. I am eternally grateful for all of her influences in my life and I have been blessed to have had her as a dear friend and mentor.
Anat Baniel had the unique opportunity to train and work closely with Moshe Feldenkrais for many years. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais devoted his life to understanding how humans learn and develop and to creating a concrete way of helping those who were trying to overcome limitations. Recognizing his brilliance, Anat committed her life, first to learning what she could from him and then to bringing his work to the world.
I began Feldenkrais® training with Anat Baniel in 1993, becoming her colleague in 1998. Her eloquent way of helping children is my inspiration for finding and following my favorite job ever. I am forever grateful for Anat’s teaching and modeling this work that I love at Reaching to Learn in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
(1904-1984) was a distinguished scientist, physicist and engineer. His insights contributed to the development of a new field of somatic education based on his knowledge of the relationship between bodily movement and the ways we think, feel and learn. His work took two directions: Awareness Through Movement® or verbally guided group movement lessons; and Functional Integration®, one-on-one lessons which may include guided active movement or gentle passive movement lessons. Due to his work countless people have been helped in many parts of the world.
“…What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies, but flexible minds. What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.” – Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc.