I discovered this work through my own search for relief from spondylolisthesis, causing chronic low back pain starting at age 16. At 20 years old I felt as if I were 80, waking up stiff, unable to run to catch a bus, and calculating how far I would need to carry a bag that day. Along the way I tried everything; physical therapy, acupuncture, stomach exercises, loads of ibuprofen ... nothing really helped. The only thing that gave me temporary relief was this strange thing called Feldenkrais that a physiatrist recommended. My journey eventually lead to spinal fusion surgery at age 23, which I am happy to talk with you about if you are considering it.
After the surgery I went to a weekend Feldenkrais workshop and the changes I felt were like a miracle. I remember feeling like the cartoon character, Gumby, a dramatic contrast to my usual stiffness. My shoulders felt flexible and fluid. It was the first time I actually felt improvement was possible and it inspires me to this day. As I continued I felt the softening of physical, emotional and cognitive habits that had formed over years of chronic pain. I felt lighter, stronger, and taller. I noticed my clothes fit tighter as my ribs began to actually move as I breath. I could feel my brain working differently. The world made more sense as I stepped out of the narrow focus of managing chronic pain.
In 2008 I graduated from my Feldenkrais training in Berkeley and moved to Portland to start my practice. I loved my training and studied worldwide with some of the top trainers, yet for a few years I struggled to effectively apply what I had learned with clients. In 2011 I attended a one day workshop with Anat Baniel and I was completely blown away. Her clarity was startling and I immediately enrolled in her training. The Anat Baniel Method is her brilliant evolution of Dr. Feldenkrais’ work. I completed her entire training and continue as support staff in the current ABM trainings and in a mentoring group with Senior ABM practitioner and Trainer, Sylvia Shordike. I have organized four workshops for Anat in both Portland and San Rafael, and have been invited to work as a visiting practitioner at the ABM Center.
My passion for this work comes from my own experience with its potency and capacity for transformation. I look forward to sharing this with you.