Feldenkrais® Therapy

Are you ready to reduce pain, improve posture, and rediscover the joy of movement?

Feldenkrais Therapy can help. Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain, recovering from an injury, or seeking to enhance your physical performance, Feldenkrais offers a gentle, effective approach.

Feldenkrais Therapy improves movement. It increases self-awareness. It reduces pain. Unlike traditional medical therapies, I won’t diagnose you or treat specific medical conditions. Instead, I’ll help you explore and refine your movement. Better movement means less stress on your muscles and joints. This helps your body heal and lets you get back to doing the activities you love and bring you joy.

Movement is part of every moment in your life. It is part of every breath, every step, and every gesture.  So, the best part is that improving how you move improves your life.  My clients report not only physical improvements but also enhanced mental clarity and emotional well-being.

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A Feldenkrais Therapy Session

Can I Really Learn to Move Better?

Absolutely! Anything we learned to do, we can improve.

In our culture, people often improve their movement skills for sports, music, and dance. For example, the National Golf Foundation estimated that in 2019 American citizens spent over a billion dollars on golf lessons!

Unfortunately, many people assume that their basic movements, like reaching and walking, are innate and unchangeable. However, these movements are learned skills that can be refined and improved. As babies, we had to learn how to reach and walk. However, since we don’t remember this learning process, we often don’t realize that we can continue to improve these skills.

Infants don’t perfect their ability to move. Instead, they reach a “good enough” level and then move on to learning other things, like social skills and math. Unfortunately, as we age, face injuries, or develop chronic pain, the skills we acquired in infancy may no longer be adequate.  Pain is often our body’s way of saying it’s time to update our movement skills.

Feldenkrais Therapy provides a means to improve these skills.

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A Child Learning to Walk

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

My Experience With Feldenkrais Therapy

After leaving my job at Microsoft, I fell in love with racquetball. Unfortunately, I kept straining my hamstrings—making walking painful.

I worked with several physical therapists for over two years. They all agreed that my glutes were weak and that my hamstrings were doing too much of the work. They prescribed exercises to strengthen my glutes. I did the exercises daily. But no matter how much I strengthened my glutes; my movement patterns stayed the same. On the court, I kept overusing my hamstrings. Though physical therapy was helpful, it was not enough.

Finally, a friend convinced me to try Feldenkrais therapy. After only a few sessions, I noticed improvements. I discovered how to engage my glutes while playing and they became stronger. Since I stopped overusing my hamstrings, they were able to recover. My movements became more powerful, fluid, and graceful. And I was winning more games!

Even after my hamstrings stopped being an issue, I continued with Feldenkrais Therapy. My posture, fluidity, and overall sense of well-being improved. I was deeply inspired. I joined a four-year program to become a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. I love sharing what I have learned with my clients.

 

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Laura Playing Racquetball

What are the Principles of Feldenkrais Therapy?

Feldenkrais Therapy utilizes seven principles:

  • Movement is essential for life.  Every interaction we take in the world involves movement. For example, breathing, speaking, looking, eating, reaching, and walking are all movements.
  • We learned to move. Most animals can walk shortly after birth. However, humans learn to move gradually. Babies spend their first-year learning to hold up their head, roll, sit, stand, and then finally walk. As adults, we tend to take these abilities for granted. But the fact is, they were learned skills.
  • Anything we learn, we can improve. Our minds are learning machines. Given the right learning environment, we can refine any skill.
  • Feldenkrais therapy teaches us to move better. Many techniques are used, but the most important is improving our awareness of how we move. We can’t change what we are unaware of. Once we can perceive the subtle details of our movement patterns, we can explore different approaches, and then discern which option provides greater ease, grace, and efficiency.
  • Learning needs to be specific. Feldenkrais Therapy recognizes that each person’s body and movement patterns are unique and allows individuals to explore the specific movements patterns that are causing them difficulties.
  • The brain can change and heal. Feldenkrais Therapy leverages our brain’s neuroplasticity, i.e. its ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections.
  • When we move better, we feel better. Even small improvements in movement can lead to significant benefits such as increased vitality, improved comfort, reduced anxiety, less pain, greater freedom, and a greater sense of well-being.

Success Stories

When learning how Feldenkrais Therapy works, it is often beneficial to hear how it has helped others. Six of my clients have shared their stories of overcoming chronic pain, improving mobility, and enhancing their overall well-being.  

For example, V. describes how she broke her back three times, was losing mobility, and felt like she was “on the verge of being disabled.”  V. shares how she came to be pain free. Similarly,  Kathy describes how her neck pain was interfering with her ability to work and how Feldenkrais Therapy helped her physically and emotionally heal.

To read these inspiring success stories visit the Success Stories page.

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Working with a client

What are the Benefits of Feldenkrais Therapy?

Feldenkrais Therapy will improve the way you move during your daily activities, i.e. walking, sitting, climbing stairs, driving, exercising, being at a computer, talking, shopping, reading, eating, etc.  As an individual’s movement improves, there is less strain to the muscles and less sheering force across their joints. This allows the individual to heal and once again engage in the activities of life that bring them joy.

In addition, Feldenkrais therapy often results in better coordination, balance, and posture, reduced pain, improved physical performance, greater flexibility, less stress and anxiety, enhanced performance, and increased mind-body connection.

How Does Feldenkrais Therapy Differ from Physical Therapy?

To address injuries and painful conditions, physical therapy employs several techniques including strengthening exercises, stretching, massage, joint mobilization, and electrical stimulation.

Feldenkrais Therapy, on the other hand, is a learning process. I won’t “treat” or “fix” you.  Rather, I’ll teach you to move with more ease, less pain, and greater efficiency. 

What Activities can Feldenkrais Therapy Improve?

Feldenkrais therapy can improve many activities including walking, hiking, running, sitting, standing, meditating, gardening, weight lifting, driving, vacuuming, fishing, swimming, singing, dancing, yoga, cycling, golfing, painting, ice skating, climbing stairs, and so on. The list is endless.

Can Feldenkrais Therapy Help With Sciatica Pain?

Although the Feldenkrais Method is not a medical treatment, it often alleviates sciatica pain. Sciatica pain typically stems from compression of the sciatic nerve, either where it exits the spine or passes through the buttock muscles. With Feldenkrais, you can learn to improve your posture, move more efficiently, and often find a way to reduce the pressure on your sciatica nerve.

However, if you are experiencing sciatica pain, it’s best to first consult with a qualified healthcare professional to determine the appropriate course of treatment.

What is the duration and frequency of a typical Feldenkrais Therapy session?

Typically, a 1-1 Feldenkrais session occurs once a week and lasts 55 minutes. However, the length and frequency of the sessions can be tailored to your needs.

Is Feldenkrais Therapy Safe?

Feldenkrais therapy is safe for most people. We only do movements that feel easy and comfortable to you. This is in stark contrast to the “no pain, no gain” mentality often used in other modalities.

However, there are some situations where it may not be recommended.  Instances when you may wish to be cautious:

  • Recent injuries or surgeries: Allowing your body enough time to heal before initiating Feldenkrais therapy makes sense.
  • Severe pain or inflammation: Addressing the underlying cause of intense pain or inflammation before starting the therapy is advisable.
  • Certain medical conditions: Some medical conditions may require caution or modifications in Feldenkrais therapy. Discuss your specific condition with a healthcare professional or practitioner.
  • Psychological concerns: Individuals with severe mental health conditions or trauma should consult with a healthcare professional to determine if Feldenkrais therapy is suitable.

If you have any concerns, please seek professional advice to determine if Feldenkrais therapy is right for your unique needs and goals.

What's the First Step?

Simply schedule your free, 55-minute, in person “Move with Ease” consultation. Explore how Feldenkrais therapy can help you move better and live a more comfortable life.