I first learned about the Feldenkrais Method a few years after moving to Vancouver. After years training and working as a lawyer, I was craving a more flexible environment and a deeper personal connection with my work. While seeking a new path, I took some mediation and communication classes through the Justice Institute in Vancouver, where I was struck by the power of listening and awareness in creating change. That new understanding and some timely personal conversations led me to classes in the Feldenkrais Method.
I had been physically active throughout my life, running, playing soccer and ultimate frisbee, cycling, hiking, kayaking, and skiing. I camped and worked in the Canadian woods and reveled in the freedom and space of the outdoors. Yoga was particularly important at a difficult point in my life and introduced me to the path of mind-body integration. But it was the Feldenkrais Method that grabbed me and propelled me further and further into bringing movement, learning, awareness and healing change all together into one fascinating package. As I've grown older with the Feldenkrais Method, I'm actually feeling better, continuing being active (although for sure not at the same level as my younger days) and, more importantly, continually improving my ability for self-care, my capacity to see patterns in movement, in life, in society, and to live more fully and creatively in the moment.
I feel lucky to have found Jeff Haller, PhD, of Seattle, WA as my main guide into the Feldenkrais Method. I began my training with Jeff in 1998 and graduated in 2001. That foundational training required a huge paradigm shift, that I did not understand at the time, but I could feel the impact, the relief at knowing I had options. Over time, I've learned to articulate what I only felt in the early days and I now see the universal principles within the method, applied through the physical self, making abstract concepts such as support and capacity and responsiveness, concrete and accessible.