What to expect in a private lesson

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscape, but in having new eyes.
— Marcel Proust

 
  1. Why did you come in?

I am a deep listener so working with me you will be heard.

We will start where you are, today, in this moment. I am interested in your experience of your daily life and what you would like to get back to, do better, or improve upon. And please mention any major injuries or challenges you’ve faced, or still face.

It could be that your reason for coming is about something else. Perhaps you want to feel bigger, taller, more present, less scared, more stable, less overwhelmed, more resilient, or less stressed. You might want to recover from a conflicted meeting or a long plane ride.

My clients often report feeling “more themselves” after a lesson because the excess stress and tension shifts to reveal a more grounded, connected, embodied experience.

2. What we’ll do

We will examine your movement patterns and create some reference points, looking at what interferes with your intentions to act in the world, whether you’re bending over to put on your socks or racing your bike—you still want to do it without hip pain.

The lesson itself involves lying down fully clothed on a low table where I work with your nervous system through gentle touch and slow movement.

It is neither invasive nor painful as I only work within your range of comfort.

Dead Fish

You will have a starring role as a dead fish. Why is that? Most people are not used to someone else moving their bones around. It’s a little weird at first. Pretending to be a dead fish cues you to give the weight of your bones over to the lesson.

Throughout the lesson, I will offer articulate, clear alternatives to painful, inefficient habits.

You will leave with customized tools you can use at home to let go of recurring tension.

How long does it take?

Note that this is a starting point to creating more freedom in your life. Like psychotherapy, martial arts training, getting in better shape, changing your diet, or any other process that moves toward greater well-being, it takes time and commitment. Just think

3. Who I work with

I work with people who have injury, pain, movement limitations, and neurological difficulties, as well as dancers, musicians, athletes, educators, and people with "poor posture" who are looking to enhance their lives through easier movement. I also bring a personal experience of seeking a wide range of help for my own lifelong chronic pain. 

My teaching is unique because I will never correct you. Think about it: If I showed you a single correct way to move your arm, could you repeat it, over and over forever?

Instead of showing you the “correct” way to move your arm, I’ll show you how the arm connects to your ribs, sternum, spine, shoulders, and collar bones so that you can do anything with your arm!

In a series of private lessons with me, you will learn:

  • How to achieve effortless, graceful movement and posture

  • How to recognize when you may be putting yourself at risk for injury

  • How to use a series of small movements to relieve the day’s stress

  • How to move safely and efficiently

  • How to let go of painful habits

4. This is not therapy or medical help, it’s education

I call these lessons “sticky notes for the nervous system” because you’re being reminded of all the things you forgot you could do.

I always look for what’s possible, not what’s broken. I don’t diagnose, pathologize, or even look for problems.

Movement, for Feldenkrais practitioners, is never a mechanical definition of range of motion or damage to a joint.

Yes, joints can have mechanical limitations, injuries, neurological limits, and deterioration. Medical issues are what they are. However, your movement can improve in spite of that.

Movement through space is a pattern of action in your whole self. It is the relationship between the parts instead of the function of any one part.

Helping you sense timing, force, direction, and orientation of movement is the field I work in. The more you sense these things, the more possibilities emerge.

Plus, unless you are acutely injured or a something is broken and in the process of healing, musculoskeletal pain stems from inefficient habits.

When we look at the patterns, you begin to organize around the highest functioning part of yourself instead of sinking to the lowest common denominator.

Because the Feldenkrais Method® makes changes where it counts, in your brain, you might be surprised by how much you learn as you release old habits and heal your pain.

Most forms of therapy are seen in terms of things the therapist does to the client to bring about change. That model is not appropriate for Functional Integration, which is a learning process rather than a therapeutic treatment.