So you heard about the Feldenkrais Method and you’re looking for an opportunity to try it out in Washington DC?
You may have heard about Feldenkrais from a friend who overcame a long-term difficulty with back pain, stiff hips, frozen shoulder, or discomfort while sitting.
Or maybe you’ve read that this method can help teach someone to get up and down from the floor safely, improve balance and flexibility, jump higher or run faster?
It’s true. You can accomplish all of these things through the practice of the Feldenkrais Method.
But that’s not all.
Because while it teaches you more efficient, graceful - even delicious -movement, the Method also clarifies your learning process.
The Feldenkrais Method is about much more than “improving movement”
When you become an expert learner, what you gain isn’t limited to how you move your body. It becomes possible to fundamentally rewrite the story of how you relate to the world.
In addition to the blind spots that reside in your anatomy, you can uncover aspects of the way you relate to yourself psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually that you never noticed before. As you expand your view, you will see that these patterns also show up in your relationship to the surrounding world and with other people.
That’s why, in addition to finding relief from back pain, improving breathing, posture and balance, recovering from injuries and surgeries, and increasing flexibility, my clients report changes in their personal lives such as:
- Deeper connection in personal relationships
- More ease in social interactions
- Increased mental clarity and creativity in problem solving
- Relief from the tyranny of the inner critic
Google “Moshe Feldenkrais” if you want to dive into a deep rabbit hole.
You could spend hours reading about the peculiar, brilliant, flawed, and courageous human being that gave birth to this revolutionary framework for self-development.
However, I’m not going to regale you here with stories of judo, neuroplasticity, and Feldenkrais’ famous clients like Julius Erving, Margaret Mead, and Yehudi Menuhin.
Because, while I have a decade of training and experience with the Feldenkrais Method,
I’m not interested in converting you to the Church of Feldenkrais.
I’d rather help you pinpoint the next steps on the path towards the life you want to live and make a concrete plan to get you there. For that reason, I do things a little differently than most Feldenkrais practitioners.
Here are some things I DON’T do:
- Offer one-off Functional Integration sessions to “fix” aches and pains (i.e., “bodywork”)
- Proclaim that the Feldenkrais Method will “help you do anything better”
- Insist that everything will always be “gentle and easy”
- Pretend that all you have to do to improve is “just keep coming to class!”
The Feldenkrais Method IS amazing - but too many people rely on “Feldenkrais magic” to do all their work for them, failing to understand that it is, above all, an educational framework that offers the most rewards to those who actually do their homework.
So, if you’re looking to try Feldenkrais Method for the first time, I’m thrilled to give you that introduction. But it’s important to understand that the results my clients get aren’t the same as what you should expect from working with any practitioner.
I apply what I’ve learned through my training and personal practice in a unique way. The understanding I bring to working with you also includes my background in improvisational music and dance, a lifelong fascination with language, and ongoing study of the dynamics of interpersonal communication.
If you work with me, here’s what you can expect:
- I’ll ask you to do things you’ve never done before.
Even when we explore movements that feel familiar, I’ll ask you to use your attention in novel ways. Lasting change is based on building new behavior patterns. That’s our focus.
- Sometimes it will feel uncomfortable.
I don’t preach “no pain, no gain,” but I’ll coach you to develop a higher level of tolerance for confusion and uncertainty. You’ll learn to understand how anxiety manifests in your body and how to work through it.
- I’ll ask you to commit to regular practice
beyond the time we directly work together. I’ll coach you to develop “anytime/anywhere awareness” so you can integrate your new life skills into all manner of everyday situations and interactions.
- I‘ll teach you specific principles
of potent posture & skillful self-regulation that are relevant for any activity you engage in. I’ll teach you to listen for the reliable bodily signals that indicate the state of your musculo-skeletal organization and nervous system in each moment - and how to use these indicators to make effective adjustments.
- We’ll get specific about your stated goals,
mapping the milestones along the way and making a plan to address the gaps at each stage so you’ll be able to concretely understand what “progress” - means and what you need to do to attain it.
In short, I will train you to a higher quality of attention, show you what is most important to pay attention to, and how to use what you observe to make shifts in the direction of increased comfort, groundedness, adaptability and confidence.
Are you ready to find out
what you’re truly capable of?