Success Stories

When you hear of Feldenkrais, the first question, naturally, is, “What is it?” It is such a basic question! And yet it is hard to answer in words. This is so for two reasons:

  1. The Method is about sensed experience and
  2. People have different experiences.

Happily, over the years, many students and clients have shared about a success in their life in which Feldenkrais has made a contribution.

Here are reviews that clients have been written through my online booking service Genbook
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Some clients have shared short reviews through Genbook, the online booking service:

Others have shared longer accounts and photos. You will find these below.

In Good Hands

Sue with newly finished quilt

Sue is a fairly new, but very accomplished quilter. In the photo she is pointing out a detail on the quilt she has just finished for a friend’s wedding.

Before Sue got into quilting, she had some discomfort in her neck and hands. But when she really got rolling with quilting, the pain intensified. She was waking up in the middle of the night with pain, and also sometimes felt it during the day. Sometimes her hands went numb. She was already doing Feldenkrais at this point but, as she put it, “just for fun.”Continue reading

Happy Trails!

Amy running through water
Photo by Will Ramos Photography

“Here I am, Maureen, doing what I love — running on trails.

A professional photographer took this photo –after I had just waved at him — during the ‘Backyard Burn’ at Fountainhead Park this past Sunday. The trail was mud from start to finish. Just the same, I loved it!

Thanks for your help in keeping me limber.”

Amy from Arlington.

The benefit of making small changes in behavior

Bruce is getting ready to walk across the room

Bruce is in his early 70’s and has been living with Parkinson’s Disease for 25 years. He takes an active approach to maintaining fitness. He trains with different people five days a week. One of those days he comes to Feldenkrais.

Through Feldenkrais, Bruce is seeing  a definite improvement in his gait. He feels more at ease as he walks and that his balance is better.

One thing that Feldenkrais has highlighted for him is the benefit of making small changes in behavior. For instance, while walking, when he focuses on the fact that the heel lands first, then you roll through the whole foot, and at the end you push off through your toes, when he focuses conscientiously on all that, then his balance is better. Also, his step is lighter, which makes life easier on his low back. “There are no miracles”, he says. But conscientious application is making a difference.

 

Better Posture

Vaughan O in a boatHi Maureen,

This is a picture taken Sunday a little before a race that our boat won. I have to admire, and thank you, for that lovely upright spine! And shoulders not rounded or up by ears!

Thanks for your excellent teaching, which is always with me.

Love,

Vaughan from Arlington

Paris Marathon

Cherry Gaffney, MD ran the Paris Marathon in April 2012. Kept at a steady pace by her music and profiting from her methodical conditioning and regular Feldenkrais sessions, Cherry kept a smile on her face and a song in her heart throughout a long, cool run.

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Music students at GMU expand their self-awareness

Professional musicians have more repetitive-use injuries than the lay person may know. It’s a big issue, and it often gets worse as the musician gets older. Increasingly, it is also cropping up among young musicians.

Music students at George Mason University are getting their first taste of the Feldenkrais Method.
Music students at George Mason University getting their first taste of the Feldenkrais Method.

At George Mason University they are taking preventive measures. In 2002, Professor David Sternbach founded the Center for Arts and Wellness. Courses within the Center help young musicians cultivate healthy habits for practice and performance.

Professor Sternbach invited me to present the Feldenkrais Method to two sections of undergraduates. One had 20 students, and the other 10. Both sessions were fun and productive.

At the start of this 75-minute class, three volunteers from the 20 students played their instruments. One played violin and two piano. This was the Before. Then the whole class did a number of movements standing, then lay down and was quiet for a while then there were movements while on the floor. For the After, the same students played again. The result? Each of the three, all men, was amazed by how much more relaxed and confident he felt. Then I asked the listeners for feedback. All agreed that for each player the quality of the sound had improved.

In the second class the volunteers were a percussionist, a singer, and a trumpet player. The feedback was the same.For me, the change in the singing was the most dramatic. One woman’s voice filled the whole room. That quality of singing lifts you up! That’s me in the center background, sitting on a chair and wearing a yellow sweater.

Mind-Body Integration or How Maureen Saved My Life

Ann Steers

by Ann Steers

I am a naturally athletic person, and I love the outdoors. Here I am on a recent trip to the Grand Canyon, a place that touches me deeply.

Unfortunately, despite my love of nature and physical activity, I have struggled with lower back pain and general muscular tightness most of my adult life. I realize now that an injury to my lower back in my mid-twenties set up inefficient body mechanics that lead to plantar fasciitis and knee pain. Just the same, over the years, I’ve remained physically active: hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and gardening.

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