The Feldenkrais Method popped into my life in the early 1990s while I was searching for a way to help my daughter who has Cerebral Palsy. Though I came to the Method to help her, I stayed because of all the positive changes it effected in me. A four-year bout of sciatica was tamed, the nagging pain of an old back injury was quelled, and I developed the self-awareness tools I needed to see me through a life threatening illness. Since 1992, I’ve been helping others discover that same potential for positive change hidden within themselves.
I was exceptionally lucky to have Gaby Yaron, one of Dr. Feldenkrais’s original students, as my primary teacher. I can still feel her hands and hear her voice when I am teaching. For those not familiar with the Method, training to become a practitioner is a four-year commitment. After two years, trainees are certified to teach Awareness Through Movement. Hands-on certification takes another two years. I graduated from the first Chicago training, fully certified in 1994. I qualified as an Assistant Trainer in 2000 and since then have been helping new trainees develop their skills.
A while ago I was interviewed for the local paper. The reporter caught me off guard by asking next to nothing about what I did. There was none of the familiar, “Felden-WHAT?”, that I had come to expect. Instead she asked about my favorite book – “The Phantom Tollbooth”; movie – Bread and Tulips, and other bits and bobs about my interests. I’m an architecture junky and until recently volunteered as a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Caution – shameless plug alert!! The CAF offers amazing tours. Check them out at http://www.architecture.org/tours. I now volunteer at my daughter’s day program, bringing the joys and benefits of the Feldenkrais Method to people with disabilities. One of my fondest dreams is to create a network of practitioners who offer their services, bringing gentle touch and guided awareness to those less-able.
The nuts and bolts of my past include degrees in Environmental Engineering and Urban and Environmental Studies, stints on the east coast and Europe, and a panoply of adventures too numerous to mention. Life does take funny turns. Seat belt buckled, chair in upright position, tray table locked – I’m ready for take-off and along for the ride.