Can you imagine moving without pain? Do you wish you felt more at home in your body?
Using small, gentle movements in private lessons, group classes, or workshops, you and I can work together to help you understand why you are experiencing discomfort, and discover how you could be moving more easily and comfortably.
Whenever someone asks me what I do for work, and we get into the conversation of "what is Feldenkrais?", I usually get asked what sorts of people or situations I work with. I try to explain that I work with a very wide variety of people, but it's not always clear to them just how wide that spectrum is. So, here are some examples (no names) of people who have come to see me. Thus far, I've worked with people as young as 15 and as old as 92. I'll keep adding situations as I think of them and see them.
Walking/Dancing/Running/Yoga/Playing an instrument/etc. Pick your activity, and I can help you learn how to do it more easily and without hurting yourself, or get back into it if you've stopped.
Chronic Pain. Chronic pain has been attributed to your nervous system forgetting to turn off pain signals, even if there is no reason for you to be in pain anymore. I work within your movement comfort zone, whatever that may be, and it helps calm your nervous system down.
Elderly. We often work on improving balance, bringing some ease of movement to arthritic joints, and their ability to fall without hurting themselves.
Anyone with significant computer or phone time. Shoulder tension, neck tension, forearm pain, carpal tunnel, tired lower backs, you name it, I've probably worked with it.
Posture questions. How to sit up without having to hold yourself there, how to stand or sit comfortably for a long time, how to come out of your shell and present a different physical and emotional version of yourself to the world.
Car and bike accidents. Undoing whiplash is a part of any post-accident work, as is reminding your nervous system that you are no longer about to die and can come out of panic mode.
Acute or aggravated injuries. I can help bring down inflammation, bring back range of motion once healed, and I'm full of useful tips on how to keep a limb in a cast "active".
Headaches/Eye strain/TMJ. Heads, faces, eyes, and jaws have tension patterns just like any other part of of your body, and any tension pattern can change with attention and time.
Non-normative bone structure. How to be comfortable and functional with different leg lengths, scoliosis, and more.
Feeling disconnected from your body. How you relate to your body, and how to develop your internal and kinesthetic sense of yourself.
Sciatica and other pinched nerves. We look at which nerve is being pinched and where, and look at how you could be moving so that the pinched spot can release and that nerve can have space.
Stress patterns. How to bring your shoulders back down from your ears when you get stressed, and other useful tricks.
Ergonomics questions. Desks, chairs, cars, shoes, beds, and more - I've got suggestions.
Thrown-out backs and necks, and other cramps (short or long term). Gentle hands-on work to calm the cramp and invite movement back in.
Compensation patterns for old injuries. How to find a way of moving that no longer depends on an old compensation or protection pattern that once served an injury.
Speaking and singing. How to use your voice so that you can be heard easily and stay comfortable at the same time.
Breathing. How to breathe without difficulty and feel like you have plenty of air.
Neurological disorders (ataxia, Parkinson's, and much more). It all centers on coordinating different parts of your nervous system with one another.
Sinus pressure. Please don't bring me your cold, but I'll happily help with lingering pressure and persistent sinus infections.
Panic attacks. We take a closer look at what happens physically during a panic attack, which is a physical manifestation of anxiety, and find ways you can slow down or reverse the wave of the attack.
There's also a group that can't be categorized. Occasionally, people with odd situations walk in my door, and we discover together that Feldenkrais is a good fit for them. A couple of examples:
Psychosomatic hand tremor. The psychological side was outside of my scope of practice, but not the somatic side. We worked with how to decrease the tension level in her hand and reteach her how to have a relaxed, useful hand.
Polycystic Kidney Disease. This client had a liver full of cysts that was pushing on her ribcage and diaphragm, making it difficult to breathe. We worked on mobility in her ribcage, and allowing her to breathe into different parts of her lungs.