Photo by Meleah Shavon

Photo by Meleah Shavon

Rachel Hamstra, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

I have been a student of the Feldenkrais Method® for over 20 years, and have developed a deep personal connection with the work I teach. As a student, I underwent hip surgery in infancy through adolescence, which was followed by a years-long rehabilitation process using the Feldenkrais Method. My work with my practitioners and in my training has allowed me to explore all sorts of physical activities I never imagined could be so possible for me. I am able to dance, go on long hikes, ride horses, garden for hours at a time, and crawl around on the floor with preschoolers. For more information on my experience, check out this blog post.

The Feldenkrais Method is about learning, not fixing, which inherently cultivates curiosity. I love getting people involved in their own wellbeing. Learning creates a dialogue about healing instead of treatment coming from the practitioner. As a practitioner, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come full circle and share what I've learned. I find joy in helping others find the same sense of curiosity, hope, and ease that my practitioners gave me.

I am a graduate of the Seattle Eastside Feldenkrais Training III, 2012. I am a member of Feldenkrais Teachers in Seattle.

I adhere to the principles of the New Body Ethic pledge - movement is a human right, appearance isn't everything, health is more than an individual choice, health is not a product, evidence matters, and clients come first. I am queer- and trans-friendly. My pronouns are she/her.

I strive to offer "the encouragement of light" that Hafiz writes of. I strive to teach in a trauma-informed manner. I strive to hold space for you, and to validate your experience.  It is my responsibility and honor to offer a space where my students feel safe to explore, and let that exploration go where it may.