Functional Integration®

Private Feldenkrais® Sessions lessons are the fastest way to move past the habits that limit you and cause you discomfort.

If you’re tired of life feeling like one big episode of "Manage My Pain," I get it. I’ve worked with people just like you. I can show you gentle, safe ways to reverse patterns of chronic muscular tension that actually work. But more than that, I can help you to break free of the lifestyle habits that keep you stuck in pain.

My mission is to provide you with knowledge, skill, and awareness that you need to move beyond pain and into a life that you love.

 
 

How It Works

From our first session we begin to explore how your habits of moving, thinking, sensing, and feeling have formed the foundation for your current quality of life.

Each lesson addresses your specific needs and history. However, each lesson builds upon the work that we’ve done before. In fact, we’ll begin with a brief discussion. You’ll share what you’ve learned and discovered about yourself and your habits. We’ll use those discoveries along with your desired outcomes (goals + intentions) to form the basis for what we do in the lesson at hand. In this way, you play an active role in your own learning and self-care.

For those who come to my office for a Functional Integration® session, we’ll focus on hands-on work. We’ll work with your nervous system through gentle touch, slow movement, and verbal guidance. This process will help you to release chronic tension, gain insight and awareness of what you do, and find new and more efficient ways to move. But this is only the beginning of your learning. You will leave with customized tools to use at home, to practice, to integrate, and then come back for further learning.

For those who live further away and join me for an online session, we’ll take a look at how you’re moving now. I’ll ask specific questions about your patterns and sensations. Then we’ll explore an Awareness Through Movement® lesson and I’ll offer guidance on how to work with your patterns in a different way.

The Process

Many of my clients integrate this work into their lifestyle. Initially, they use the Feldenkrais Method® as a form of practice to reduce pain, and to stay mobile, flexible, and resilient. Eventually, they do it because they engage differently with themselves and with life. And because, they have shifted from being pushed by their pain to being pulled by their dreams.

By now, I’m sure that you know that real change doesn’t happen overnight, and it takes time to develop new habits. All of the work that I do as a Feldenkrais Practitioner® involves taking time to develop your awareness, expand your knowledge, and hone in on the skills you need to be successful. As part of that process, we’ll tap into the power of neuroplasticity to help you to rewire your pain and regain your lifeOnce you’ve mastered the process of working with yourself in this way, you’ll THRIVE.

I invite you to think of this work as a path and a practice, like meditation or playing an instrument. It’s a skill to be developed over time and where there is no end to improvement.

Most of the people that I work with commit to a package of 10-sessions. Why? Because, our work together is a process and the ten sessions allows us 3-4 months to shift old habits and create sustainable change.

Just consider how long it took you to get where you are! Like any other lifestyle change that yields greater well-being and vitality, the time and investment you put in is linked to your results.

I am here to support you every step of the way.

 
 

The Cornerstones Of Practice


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Moving

It’s safe to say that most of us have reduced the amount we move as we have aged— limiting the variety of movements that we do on a day-to-day basis, and rarely engage in novel (new) movements. These unconscious constraints have gradually limited our basic movement repertoire. And over time, our movements - and/or lack of them - shape who we are and how we move, think, sense, and feel.

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Sensing

Engaging the senses is a powerful way to help regulate your nervous system and find a sense of flow in your movement. For those who have struggled with chronic pain, learning how to intentionally engage the senses can be a powerful practice for shifting pain — both neurologically and experientially. And consciously using our senses to relate to the environment can be a strong ally in helping us to self-regulate.

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Feeling

Emotions are a part of our evolution as humans. Emotions are inherited, habituated and learned. We create and influence our emotions,  sometimes involuntarily and other times voluntarily, through how we move or restrain ourselves. Once we start to understand how our emotions and movements relate to and impact one another, we begin to develop a better sense of resiliency and emotional well-being.

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Thinking

Thinking is more than a brain thing. In fact, some believe that thinking is done with the whole body. And part of what we are up to in this work is learning how to tap into the power and genius that comes along with thinking with the whole self. To do so, we must begin to clarify our self-image. In the context of this work, that means ensuring that what we 'think' we are doing (our action) aligns with what we are actually doing (how we're moving).