How I Became
in theThe Feldenkrais Method®
I was introduced to the Feldenkrais Method® in the mid 80's while I was working as a psychiatric music therapist, singer-songwriter and backup musician. I attended several Awareness Through Movement® classes and workshops in New York City and was drawn to the simplicity and directness of the teaching and how it made me feel. I knew I wanted to study the method with David Zemach-Bersin and graduated from his four-year East Coast Teacher Training in 2003. I’ve continued to work with other trainers including Yvan Joly, Ruthy Alon, and Jeremy Krauss, and I mentor with Allison Rapp.
From 2003 to 2011, I maintained a small private practice while performing with my trio, Mad Agnes. Now that my practice has grown, my experience as an internationally touring musician gives me special insight into instrumentalists and vocalists as I help them discover new ways of organizing themselves while playing as well as not playing.
My other students—aged four to 80–come to me because of acute or chronic pain due to injury, sports or work related habits, difficulty with balance or sleeping, and simply the desire to move with greater ease. Others have chronic conditions such as scoliosis or fibromyalgia, and for others, Feldenkrais is where they turn when everything else has failed.
Depending on the presenting symptom(s), students have lessons with greater or lesser frequency with most coming once a week. Improvement may come in the form of greater pleasure in movement—"My head is freer and my neck doesn’t hurt as much"—to "It’s easier for me to get up out of a chair"—to "I feel taller"—to breathing more deeply, feeling more relaxed, sleeping more soundly, and discovering and living "unavowed" dreams.