Jacoby, Heinrich

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Jacoby, Heinrich Gender: M
Alexander Heinrich Jacobÿ
born on 3 April 1889 at 00:30 (= 12:30 AM )
Place Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 50n07, 8e40
Timezone LMT m8e40 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 13°26' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 12°27 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 19°22'

Heinrich Jacoby


German educator, originally a musician, whose teaching was based on developing sensitivity and awareness. His collaboration with his colleague Elsa Gindler (1885–1961), whom he met in 1924 in Berlin, played a great role in his researches. With the advent of Nazism in 1933 Jacoby was forced to leave Germany, but he continued his work in Switzerland.

Jacoby and Moshe Feldenkrais were among a small group of European 20th-century innovators who emphasized the "self" in self-development, so that as in the zen inspired arts such as archery or judo, or even flower arranging, a skill was not an end in itself. Practising a skill was a path to greater awareness.

The work of Heinrich Jacoby influenced body psychotherapy through the workshops that Charlotte Selver (1901–2003), a student of Jacoby and Gindler, gave to major body psychotherapists at the Esalen Institute in the 1960s.

He died on 25 November 1964 in Zürich, aged 75.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Hesse Archives.


  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher