“turn the impossible into the possible, the difficult to the easy, and the easy into the pleasant.”
Teaching Somatic Education for Musicians since 2012
I am a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner(CM) and finished my training with Mary Spire in August 2019.
I was a Licensed Andover Educator from Feb 2012-Feb 2016. I no longer teach the Andover Educators' body mapping course, “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body." As a licensed Andover Educator, I taught private and group Body Mapping lessons to flutists and all musicians. I have presented workshops/masterclasses at DePaul University, taught private Body Mapping lessons at Summerflute (summer flute workshop), and at my home studio in Campbell, CA.
Read my blog post “Why Feldenkrais?”
What is the Feldenkrais Method®?
The Feldenkrais Method was developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, a scientist, engineer, and judo master. The method is taught in two different types of lessons: Awareness Through Movement® group lessons and one-on-one Functional Integration® lessons. Awareness Through Movement® classes are group lessons where the teacher leads the class though movement exploration by giving verbal instructions.
In Functional Integration® lessons, the teacher helps the student learn about their own movement potential by actually moving the fully-clothed student in a hands-on, (usually) private lesson.
All of the Feldenkrais lessons involve gentle and enjoyable movements to gain better awareness and discrimination.
One difference between Feldenkrias and other modalities of movement education is that other systems try to fix different components of the person by improving the properties of those components, while the Feldenkrais Method is interested in improving the entire person by improving their processes. Imagine the task of fixing or replacing individual bricks in an existing house, versus rebuilding the whole house with bricks being laid in a new formation. The Feldenkrais Method is more like the continual redesigning and rebuilding of the house with the goal of improving the process of redesigning and rebuilding, rather than trying to achieve the perfect house by redesigning and rebuilding.
As Moshe Feldenkrais says in his book, Awareness Through Movement, “The lessons are designed to improve ability, that is, to expand the boundaries of the possible: to turn the impossible into the possible, the difficult to the easy, and the easy into the pleasant.”
The Feldenkrais Method® in the news
The Washington Post - Lisa Rein goes to a Feldenkrais class to see how the Method can help with her back pain. “A different way to relieve years of back pain” [September 27, 2018]
The New York Times - Jane E. Brody takes a couple Feldenkrais classes. “Trying the Feldenkrais Method for Chronic Pain” [October 30, 2017]
Scientific Papers on the Feldenkrais Method®
Clark, Dav et al. “Mindful movement and skilled attention” Frontiers in human neuroscience vol. 9 297. 29 Jun. 2015, doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00297
Hillier, Susan and Anthea Worley. “The effectiveness of the feldenkrais method: a systematic review of the evidence” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM vol. 2015 (2015): 752160.
“Feldenkrais Movement Lessons Improve Older Adults' Awareness, Comfort, and Function” Gerontology & geriatric medicine vol. 3 2333721417724014. 15 Aug. 2017, doi:10.1177/2333721417724014
Articles written by Feldenkrais Practitioners
An overview of the Feldenkrais Method® by Ralph Strauch
Extreme Sports Meets Feldenkrais by Cynthia Allen
Curiosity and Intention: Teaching Music from a New Paradigm by Stacey Pelinka