photo: Yulia Kriskovets
I am pleased to offer you individual hands-on Feldenkrais sessions, known as Functional Integration®.
Functional Integration is a highly individualized hands-on learning process that can help you to:
- Ease back, neck, shoulder and other joint pain
- Improve your balance and flexibility
- Reduce stress and destructive thought patterns
- Breathe better and sleep better
- Raise the level of your athletic, musical or artistic performance
I work with a variety of clients of different ages, occupations and fitness levels to improve movement, body awareness and personal well-being. In particular, many clients who have worked with me privately have found solutions to their neck and back pain, balance issues and self-destructive thinking patterns.
photo: Yulia Kriskovets
During a private Functional Integration session – sometimes called an “FI” – you rest, fully clothed, usually on a table, but sometimes in a chair or in other positions. I will use gentle touch, dialogue and guided movement explorations to help you find new, easier movement pathways, and let go of unnecessary tension patterns that may be causing you pain and discomfort.
I will work with you to craft an individual program specifically tailored to your difficulties, challenges and goals. In each session we will have the opportunity to explore new options to help you improve your posture, flexibility, and overall ease of movement. We will identify the habitual patterns of movements that do not serve you and discover new alternatives that can open up new freedom of movement both in body and mind.
At 5130 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Make an appointment online for a initial consultation or contact me directly at email@example.com or 202-460-5389.
What is it like to work with me in a Functional Integration session? Here is a brief description of how I worked with one client, taken from my blog post, “Learning to Learn . . . Again”
The people who seek out my classes are usually looking for something that will help them break out of their routines and renew their joy in living.
This idea of “moving like a child” is an essential piece of what I offer them in order to do just that.
A private client of mine recently highlighted this phrase when she came to me for help her with her balance. At the beginning of the session, we discussed issues involving her hip joints, her neck, her posture . . . about what you might expect for someone visiting a movement specialist.
But then she explained that, in her mind, the key problem was that she held her body in a state of fear when she was walking. In contrast, she marveled about having observed her 3-year-old grandson moving effortlessly on the floor from one position easily holding his head upright. She noted that even when he fell on his rear, he simply laughed and then lifted himself up again and kept playing.
In our session, we worked on many basic biomechanical questions, but more fundamentally, we worked on recognizing what fear feels like in the body, and what playfulness feels like; and we began to define together a process for moving from one body state to the other.
Are you an artist or student who is interested in exploring how the Feldenkrais Method could transform your ability to enact your creative potential – but you have limited funds to invest?
If so, you are just the way I was when I discovered this Method. My first interest in Feldenkrais had to do with feeling deeper into myself as I reconnected to my musical past after many years of working in factories. And my income from factory jobs often made it a challenge to consider investing in individual hands-on Feldenkrais sessions or attending special workshops.
Luckily, I met several wonderful practitioners who recognized my enthusiasm and made it possible in different ways for me to experience the Method with the funds I had available. Now I would like to return the favor by helping other artists and students who may find themselves in a similar position.
If I am describing you or someone you know, please contact me to get more information about a special price for 5 hands-on sessions or a special scholarship program where I will work with you intensively for one-month to help you transform your possibilities!