Feldenkrais in the Seattle Area FAQs

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A Feldenkrais Session

Discover Feldenkrais in the Seattle Area: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Feldenkrais Method® is a somatic educational approach that will help you reduce your pain, reconnect with your body, and move with more grace, efficiency, and comfort.

Put simply, with Feldenkrais, you learn to move better and when you move better, you live better – with more comfort and less pain.

I have been practicing the Feldenkrais Method in the Seattle area for over a decade. What follows are the most frequently asked questions about Feldenkrais and my Feldenkrais practice.

 

What services do you offer in the Seattle Area?

I offer 1-1, in-person Feldenkrais sessions called Functional Integration Lessons. Each session lasts 55 minutes and is tailored to meet your specific needs and challenges.

What happens during a Feldenkrais Session?

During a session, we will work together to help you become more aware of your habitual neuromuscular patterns and learn new ways of moving and acting.

In the session we may work in various positions, such as standing, sitting, or lying on a table, all while remaining fully clothed. Through touch, I can help you become more aware of your existing movement patterns and introduce you to new possibilities. It’s important to note that the touch used in Feldenkrais is non-invasive, informative, interactive, and it never causes discomfort or pain.

“Laura has a knack for asking questions of her clients (verbally and with touch) that lead them to discover abilities they do not know they have.”
— Jeff Haller, Feldenkrais Trainer

Who can benefit from a Feldenkrais Session?

A Feldenkrais session is beneficial for anyone seeking to improve their comfort, enhance their movements, and/or reduce their pain. Its gentle nature makes it suitable for individuals of all fitness levels and physical abilities, regardless of age or experience. I have experience helping:

People in Pain: Many individuals come to me seeking relief from pain. I have helped people with a large variety of issues including neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, hip pain, knee pain, bunions, and fibromyalgia.
People on a journey of self-discovery: Feldenkrais is ideal for those who are exploring their inner selves, seeking personal growth, and wanting to feel more embodied and present.
Performers: Musicians, dancers, actors and other performers who are interested in improving the precision, grace, and ease of their movements.
Athletes and Weekend Warriors: I have worked with many runners, weightlifters, swimmers, and people with active lifestyles helping them to improve their performance, reduce and recover from injuries, and find more pleasure in playing their sport. My own introduction to the method was due to injuries I sustained while playing racquetball.
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How long does it take to see the results from Feldenkrais?

In each session, my commitment is that your movement improves, and you learn something new and important. Often, pain relief occurs quickly. For example:

  •  “What I found most memorable about our first few sessions was how quickly focusing on my skeleton brought relief.” — See Kathy’s Success Story
  •  “I had hoped to feel a little better, but, remarkably, after just a few sessions my neck pain went away”. — See Kathy’s Success Story
  •  “Within eight weeks, I no longer had pain when I walked. I went on a hike, and it was longer than I wanted (like seven hours). My legs were a bit sore, but it was only when I got back to the car, did I think, “Holy Cow, I just walked for seven hours. I love Laura!”— See V’s Success Story
However, each case is different, and it would be difficult for me to predict how long it will take for you to achieve your goals. The timeline depends on your starting point, the nature of your goal, and how quickly you learn.

You can be confident that I will work diligently with you to ensure your progress.

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Laura Yedwab

Guild Certified Practitioner

How were you trained?

Becoming a Feldenkrais practitioner is a rigorous, 4-year process that includes over 800 hours of training. I began my Feldenkrais training in a Seattle program and then switched to a program in Victoria. I graduated in 2012 and have been working with clients ever since.

I am committed to continually refining my skills. Since graduating, I have attended over 1300 hours of advanced Feldenkrais trainings. Staffing many Feldenkrais training programs has also greatly enhanced my understanding and skill. 

 

How do you pronounce Feldenkrais?
The Feldenkrais Method is named after its inventor, Moshe Feldenkrais. “Feldenkrais” rhymes with “paradise” and is pronounced:

  • “fel·duhn·krayz or fel·den·krice

Depending on where you are in the country. In Seattle, “Feldenkrais” is commonly pronounced fel·den·krice.

Is Feldenkrais covered by insurance?
Though Feldenkrais has shown to provide therapeutic benefits, it is typically not covered by health insurance in the Seattle area.
Is Feldenkrais right for me?
The best way to find out if the Feldenkrais Method is a fit for you, is to try it. If you are serious about improving the quality of your life, then I encourage you to schedule your free, 55-minute, in person “Move with Ease” consultation. During the consultation, we will look at your goals and your challenges, and identify specific movement patterns that are causing you problems. You will discover how we can work together to improve your movement so that you put less stress, wear, and tear on your body.
Where are you located?
My Feldenkrais practice is conveniently located in Kirkland, WA, a short distance from downtown Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond. The address is: 12810 NE 64th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033. Most GPS systems will do a good job getting you here, but here are the directions:

  • If you are coming from Seattle, take either bridge to I-405N and get off at exit 17.
  • If you are coming from the south, take I-405N and get off at exit 17.
  • If you are coming from the north, take I-405S and get off at exit 17, turn right and cross over the freeway.

In all cases, you then:

  • Turn right onto 116th Ave NE
  • Turn left onto NE 60th Street,
  • Turn left onto 128th Ave NE.,
  • Turn Right onto NE 64th St.

NE 64th Street is a gravel road. My office is located down the second driveway on the left.

Book A Free Consultation

In your free 60-minute Feldenkrais consultation, we will look at your goals and your challenges, and identify specific movement patterns that are causing you problems. You will discover how we can work together to improve your movement so that you put less stress, wear and tear on your body