The Feldenkrais Method

“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

“The aim is [to move] with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works.” — Moshe Feldenkrais

Do you want to improve the quality of your life?

We all have an innate ability to learn, grow, and adapt. My job is to help you use that ability to increase the ease, efficiency, and fluidity of your movement. This might include helping you:

  • Recover from injury
  • Relieve joint pain caused by unnecessary stress on your knees, hips, ankles, or shoulders
  • Improve your posture, flexibility, balance, and coordination
  • Sit comfortably while meditating, typing at a computer, or driving your car
  • Refine your athletic or musical skills
  • Improve your ability to do everyday tasks (e.g. getting up and down stairs or getting into and out of your car)

Your mind is built to gather information, recognize patterns, and create new solutions. However, it can only improve what it attends to. Said another way, you can only change what you are aware of. Unfortunately, few of us are trained to observe the very fine details of how we breathe, stand, walk, run, and move throughout our day. My goal is to help bring your awareness to these details, to help you sense what your movement patterns are, and to find alternative choices. The result is that you will move with more freedom, comfort, and grace.

In the lingo of neuroscience, this is called neuroplasticity and neuromuscular retraining. However, I think of it simply as our innate ability to learn.

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“I feel taller, more self-confident, stronger, and more able to meet whatever is happening at the moment.” — Mary Bolton

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“Laura helped me re-learn how to do the most basic thing possible: walk” — Chris Rebholz

What is the Feldenkrais Method?

My approach is based on the Feldenkrais Method – a somatic educational system developed by Moshe Feldenkrais that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. During a session, you will become more aware of your habitual neuromuscular patterns and learn new ways of moving and acting. We may work with you standing, sitting, or lying (fully clothed) on a table. Touch may be used to bring awareness to what your movement patterns are and to offer new possibilities. The quality of touch is non-invasive, informative, and interactive.  There is never any discomfort or pain during a session.  The process of learning to move with ease and comfort requires us to always be in ease and comfort.

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Moshe Feldenkrais

Shall we begin?

The best way to see if the Feldenkrais Method is a fit for you, is to try it.  If you are serious about improving the quality of your life, than I encourage you to schedule your free, 50 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.  Schedule Now!

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Laura Yedwab — warm, experienced, and caring