"My only job is to create conditions in which the other person can grow" --Michael Landau, Feldenkrais practitioner
There is a blueprint for healing inside you. Clients may schedule either Feldenkrais or Alchemical Alignment. Clients that opt for Alchemical Alignment may choose to incorporate Soul Lightening Acupressure or Reiki into the session. Sounder Sleep® instruction can be part of any session at the client's request. All sessions can be in person or via Zoom.
"Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant" --Moshe Feldenkrais, founder of the Feldenkrais Method
Feldenkrais sessions use gentle movements to bring greater ease and organization to one's body and movement. A hands-on session, called a Functional Integration® lesson, is fully clothed and done on a low Feldenkrais table or in a chair. It involves small or medium pleasant movements with light to medium touch. These comfortable movements teach the brain and body new options for moving. Feldenkrais addresses a variety of issues such as back pain, neck pain, hip issues, repetitive stress injury, accidents, movement issues from neurological challenges or aging, and more. Athletes and dancers use Feldenkrais for improved performance. People experience Functional Integration lessons as deeply relaxing and report feeling less tension and pain, greater flow in their movement, and a sense of embodiment.
Feldenkrais is a synthesis of biology, physics, neuroscience, and motor development. It utilizes the brain's neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to learn, to release habits that create restriction and tension and create new pathways for healthier function. The Feldenkrais Method is named after it's founder, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. Dr. Feldenkrais was a black belt judo master, a close student of Jigaro Kano, the founder of Judo. He was also an assistant researcher with Frederic Joliot-Curie, at the Radium Institute in Paris. Suffering severe, debilitating knee pain, Dr. Feldenkrais combined his knowledge of judo and physics to repair his knee movement and developed what evolved into the Feldenkrais Method. He taught the Feldenkrais Method in group classes, called Awareness Through Movement® lessons, and through one-on-one, hands-on Functional Integration lessons. I am a Feldenkrais Authorized Teacher Trainee and nearing completion of the four year training to be a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. For more information please visit feldenkrais.com/functional-integration-fi-sessions/ Feldenkrais Functional Integration sessions can be in person or via Zoom. I also teach Awareness Through Movement group lessons. See the Classes page.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change" --Carl Rogers.
Alchemical Alignment is interactive, awareness-oriented bodywork for trauma resolution and embodiment of spirit. The client is fully-clothed and can choose to be on the massage table or in a chair, with gentle touch on the body or hands-off. Specific, mindful verbal interaction during the session aids the unfolding of the work. Sessions begin with orienting to the present moment and to that which feels safe and supportive for the client. The healing works with biodynamic craniosacral tides, allowing space for what is arising in the body and heart. Sessions are multi-layered and multidimensional, working with physical, emotional, and metaphysical layers. The work may focus on various levels of the body such as musculoskeletal, fluids, or organ systems. It can also focus on emotional challenges such as boundary repair, birth trauma (from pre-conception through post-birth), emotional or physical injury, ancestral healing, past-life healing, life transition, grief/loss, and more. Alchemical Alignment clients report feeling more spacious, less pain, more embodied and more clarity.
From pre-conception through life, our bodies hold our experiences. When painful or challenging events occur, restrictions or imprints can develop. With gentle awareness and deep presence, these imprints can resolve and feelings of flight, flight, and freeze can dissolve. Parts of one's body or life that have felt frozen or on high alert can gradually rewrite and integrate. Alchemical Alignment is not regressive work; rather, it works with the client's felt-sense in present time. I meet the client's challenges with respect for the client's timing, exploring edges as one is ready. Alchemical Alignment draws from Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy, Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing, Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory, Daniel Siegel's Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), and Ray Castellino's Prenatal and Perinatal Birth Trauma healing. I have been training with Alchemical Alignment's founder Brigit Viksnins since 2015. Alchemical Alignment sessions can be in person or via Zoom.
Soul Lightening Acupressure
"Our soul...unites body, heart, and mind. It is not a ghost trapped somehow in the physical machinery of our body, but the very essence of our being" --Gabrielle Roth
Soul Lightening Acupressure is a fully-clothed style of acupressure using light or medium touch at specific points along the body's meridians (lines of energy). Applying gentle pressure to these points releases restrictions and allows the energy to flow more freely. Many of the acupressure points in Soul Lightening acupressure are along the extraordinary vessels of Chinese medicine--energy flows that connect to one's purpose and gifts. Acupressure sessions can work with physical issues such as pain reduction, insomnia, immune support and more. Acupressure sessions can also bring resolution to emotional and spiritual issues such as loss, life transitions, ancestral healing, and more. Clients experience sessions as deeply calming and often transformational.
Soul Lightening Acupressure was developed by Aminah Raheem in the 1970's. It integrates traditional Jin Shin Jyutsu acupressure, Fritz Smith's Zero Balancing, and Arnold Mindell's Process Oriented Psychology. In 2000, Dr. Raheem founded Soul Lightening International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching this work. I have been training with Soul Lightening International since 2013. I am certified in both Soul Lightening's Process Acupressure track and Clinical Acupressure track. For more information, please visit www.soullightening.com/our-approach/ Soul Lightening Acupressure can be in person or via Zoom.
"Keep in mind that all matter is comprised of energy...all form is made up of energy at a quantum level, and this is where the science of our so-called miracles occurs" --Richard Bartlett, D.C., N.D.
Reiki is an energetic healing modality using specific, light hand positions on the body or just above the body. The client is fully clothed on the massage table or in a chair. Reiki supports the client's innate healing, restoring physical and emotional well-being. The word Reiki derives from the Japanese word "Rei" which translates as "Universal Life" and "Ki" which means "Energy". In a Reiki session, the practitioner channels subtle universal life force energy for healing and well-being. It can be useful for pain reduction, stress reduction, insomnia, and support for emotional issues. Clients frequently experience it as deeply calming. I am trained in Usui Reiki (a traditional form of Reiki) at the master-teacher level and in Lightarian Reiki. Reiki can be in person or via Zoom.
Sounder Sleep System®
"Relax your soul and have a peaceful sleep" --Author unknown
The Sounder Sleep System utilizes your natural breathing and simple, gentle, often small, repeated movements. These movements allow you to shift from an alert, awake state to a state of deep physical and mental repose. During a session the client may be in a chair, lying down, or even standing up. I teach the client Sounder Sleep movements with slow, verbal guidance, allowing the client to drop deeply into a parasympathetic (relaxed) nervous system state. The client will learn these simple Sounder Sleep movements to practice at home and apply to sleep. The Sounder Sleep System was founded by Michael Krugman in 1999. Mr. Krugman was a Feldenkrais practitioner and a lifelong student of modern and traditional healing methods. He healed his own challenging sleep issues using what eventually came to be known as the Sounder Sleep System. I have been practicing Sounder Sleep System techniques for over 15 years and am a certified Sounder Sleep System instructor. I offer both one on one Sounder Sleep System sessions and group workshops. Sounder Sleep can be in person or via Zoom.