Small group classes may be just what you need
You know you want and need relief from pain and discomfort. Yet you’re not sure if individual treatment sessions are the thing. Either the price isn’t in your budget, or you’re thinking there’s another option. Like a very small group of people who are facing very similar pain challenges, taught and led by someone who can guide you towards feeling better, maybe even fantastic, and move in ways you thought were lost to you forever.
This kind of group is more powerful than a large group class because of the synergy that’s created together.
- 3-6 people only
- Very serene and peaceful setting
- Students are accountable
- The experience of a teacher who gets to know you and guide you over time
- A customized program based on your needs
- The experience of safety. A wonderful supportive environment where people are experiencing breakthroughs of healing together.
- Consistency of a group over time
What It Takes
The Hidden Wonder of Doing Less to Get More
One of the single most important aspects to comfort and ease in your life is Awareness of how you move. Awareness is achieved by doing less and paying attention.
It sounds easier than it is and it takes time, patience and learning.
How Do You Achieve This?
1- Do only what’s comfortable.
In this class I guide you to only do what feels comfortable. When you do this your body relaxes because it’s not hurting, it doesn’t feel in danger. Only then, when your body relaxes can it start to learn how to move better.
2- Rest when you need to
After each movement sequence, we rest. Rests are very important because they allow your nervous system to absorb the movements you just did and further integrate them into your body.
3- Small movements.
Small movements help you focus your mind and allow your brain to detect any holding and unconscious muscle contractions that stop you from doing a smooth movement.
4- Go slowly
In this class, we do movements slowly. Slow movements allow you to focus your mind in a deep way on what you are doing and be able to notice differences.
5- Enjoy a sense of play and experimentation
I don’t correct because I want you to find out for yourself how to do the movement. It’s about trial and error, not being perfect. Once you figure it out, and that happens fairly quickly, it integrates into your whole body system. You get a real sense of accomplishment and fun. I’m there as your guide and support and if you’re off base I guide you back on track.
“I started working with Deborah about 7 years ago after my physical therapist recommended I seek out a Feldenkrais teacher to help with my weak core muscles, poor posture, and chronic back and neck stiffness. I was a very active person playing golf, tennis, basketball and everything else until my early thirties, when a lifetime of imbalanced muscle development and poor posture stopped me in my tracks.
I’ve been to many conventional and alternative providers – and a number of Feldenkrais teachers. Deborah is one of my most valued and trusted therapists. Her years and background in voice training, dance, and meditation offer an experience that very much enriches her approach, and allows a great ability for her to create an attuned therapeutic experience. Her space offers much more than a Feldenkrais experience alone.
Through my work with Deborah, my body awareness increased, my access to dormant and underutilized muscle groups grew, and my body’s center of gravity shifted. Most amazing, my rotational abilities through my hips unexpectedly flourished – and my softball swing launched a ball over the left fielder’s head, which I hadn’t done for years.
As an allopathic trained physician, I’ve come to personally trust and rely on Deborah for her help of my own health. For me her body scans, breathing guidance, and awareness through movement sessions provide a guided path towards healing that’s truly unique and exceptional.”
Michael J., MD
The Brain-Body Connection:
Reduced Pain, Improved Posture, Balance and Flexibility
What this class can offer you during and by the end of ten weeks
- Improved Posture
Lying on the floor while doing these specially designed movements your muscles let go of unwanted contractions thus creating your neutral posture. This is evident not only as you lie on the floor but after you stand up and walk around. You have a sense of feeling taller and upright without making any effort.
- More comfortable body
By doing less your muscles start to let go and your body starts to feel safe, and move like it’s designed to do.
- Mental clarity and awareness
By doing these small focused movements you start to tune out the noise of distraction. A deep neuromuscular brain/body exchange starts to happen. Your mind becomes clearer and you have a greater sense of your body, self, and the space around you.
- Sense of peace and well-being.
When your body feels comfortable and you move smoothly it can’t help but make you feel really good.
My experience with this work started when I injured my neck and shoulder swimming. OMG, I was in so much PAIN. Then I was fortunate to discover the Feldenkrais Method. The guidance I received in learning and gentleness towards myself was transformation. It was so fabulous discovering how my body could move in a coordinated way with incredible ease and feel my recovery unfold.
I’m so fascinated by this work that I want to share it with you. I’ve helped hundreds of people achieve more comfort in their body and live the life they want to live. And, I want you to know that I understand pain and would love to help you get back on track.
What does this class look like?
1- We do all exercises lying on the floor on a blanket or mat.
We start with a body scan. You get a sense of where you are physically at the beginning of the class and are given the opportunity to let go of the day’s distractions.
2- After the scan, I verbally guide you in a specific small exercise sequence. You interpret my verbal direction. I do not demonstrate. There is no one to copy. So fantastic because there is no competition, only with yourself.
3- We rest often and do a body scan each time. I guide you to feel what’s changed and notice differences.
As the hour progresses the movement sequence gets more complex but Not harder.
At the end of the class, we get up and notice how we feel in standing and walking. You can expect to feel taller, softer, more grounded, and more comfortable in your body.
Each week the class focuses on a different theme, like better turning, or on a specific part of the body like lower back or neck. By the end of the hour you experience how the movement moves through your whole self. That you’re not a bad back, bad neck or a stiff person.
Fall Program 2023
October 10 – December 20
(no class Thanksgiving week)
Tuesday 5 pm
Wednesday 11 am
Online or in-person (Redwood City)
October 10 – December 19
5 – 6 pm PT
October 11 – December 20
11 am – Noon PT
Class is limited to 6 students
Do you wish you could attend but live too far away?
These classes are available live via Zoom and recorded for your convenience
Contact me using the form below
or call 650-679-8113