How Zoe Helps
People usually come to me with a chronic movement limitation or other physical complaint. Sometimes it's a seemingly immutable experience of stress and tension. Usually they have tried everything else and feel desperate and in need of hope, so the first step is reducing pain. Over and over again I have seen Feldenkrais offer people hope in extremely challenging circumstances. When you finally feel something shift it is such a relief.
To lean new movement you can be at any level of function, whether it’s immediately following surgery or confronting a fifteen year-old injury or personal trauma.
I work best with people who are inquisitive about the learning process, regardless of whether you have a severe injury or seek to get back to doing the things you love---like yoga, gardening, hiking, or golfing---without a twinge in the back or neck. If you are interested in learning about your own habits, then you will benefit from this process.
After working together, it often emerges that my clients want to change something deeper and more powerful in their lives. So the next step is learning to sense your own patterns without judgment so that movement, thought, and action can become coordinated and fluid. When you have more clarity about where you are in space, you have more choice about where you are going. After all, if you don't know where you are now, it's hard to find the road that will take you somewhere else!
Because inner conflict is represented by muscular tension, when thought and action no longer struggle against each other in a muscular tango of tension and holding, it awakens a sense of wholeness and joy.
There is often no clear way to move through a challenging relationship, job, or physical or emotional trauma. The best way I have seen is clarifying your sense of self from the inside out. I help you do that through directed self-inquiry and self-awareness.
Releasing unhelpful habits
Learning is vital to our humanity. It sounds obvious, but when we're stuck we stop learning and repeat the same strategy over and over. We limp along for years after an injury, stroke, emotional trauma, surgery, chronic pain, poor self-use, bad posture, joint problems, fatigue, or neurological challenges. Or we push for better physical performance with inefficient movement, which leads to injury.
How do we lose our original freedom of movement? Through long-term habits. As we develop habits, we often block ourselves from doing things in the simplest and most efficient way. Your habits may stem from any number of causes, including:
not knowing what the skeleton is capable of
lack of awareness of possibilities for movement
blocking kinesthetic information from entering the nervous system
To help you engage with your habits in a different way, I create learning scenarios instead of apply a fixed, repetitive technique. I will direct your attention to different patterns of holding and how they affect you. I am always responding to what you need at that moment.
As you begin to shift out of old habits and create more choice, you find that decision-making feels easier and life is less stressful. Old patterns drift into the distance, new habits bring ease, flow, and a generosity of being.
In particular, I can help with:
Muscular or skeletal complaints, such aches, pains, immobility, inflammation, TMJ, back spasms, plantar faciitis, and more
Neurological complaints, such as MS and seizures
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Chronic tension and immobility due to poor self-use, surgery, or disease
Emotional stress and grief
Balance and posture
Self-improvement and self-awareness
Stroke and neuropathy