Maureen McHugh is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method since 1991. She works full-time and offers both group and individual instruction.
Maureen came to the Method, like many of her clients, after a sports injury. Also like many of her clients, after the injury she tried several approaches, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and hypnosis. She had a positive experience with each. And yet the nagging pain was still there. When a friend referred her to Feldenkrais, she found the approach that fully relieved the pain, opened up new doors in sports and music, and launched her on a new career.
Several of Maureen’s students were polled to find out what makes her a good teacher.
Here is one student’s reply:
- She adapts her approach and style to each individual.
- She has an innate sense of what you need, and she helps you see it too.
- She pushes you when you need it, but she doesn’t overwhelm.
- She is gentle and kind.
- She is creative and approaches each problem with a full toolkit. She might show you a picture, give you a surprising movement to do, have you visualize something, have you play with a ball, etc.
- She breaks everything into small pieces that build up to something bigger.
- She has a sense of humor.
And another student’s:
There are two aspects to Maureen’s teaching that stand out for me: adaptable teaching skills and pure belief in achieving movement for all.
Adaptable teaching, To me this skill shines in the larger classes where Maureen helps each person achieve their best movement while dealing with a wide range of movement skills. It is great to see the broad set of movement (or non-movement) that she deals with. Importantly, she is able to get people at all levels to move, and to make it fun.
Pure belief in achieving movement for all. The second skill is pure belief in what she does and in what people are capable of doing. I think that inspires people to grow and improve. Like the little train that could, when you think you can well… guess what.