Testimonials

Why Feldenkrais®?

Here are comments from students and clients about their experiences:

 

“Vivian is the BEST!  It took me a few months to realize the incredible value of Feldenkrais.  Vivian has helped me move without pain.  I have fractured vertebrae and a fractured hip, and years of guarding pain.  She is showing me how to stand, move, and walk to break the guarding and begin to relearn how to realign myself so I can walk without pain.

In all the years of physical therapy I did not get the guidance I am getting in her class.  [She is] A warm, caring, and very knowledgable practitioner.  Come explore movement!” – Thia W.

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“I love these classes!  It’s gentle but it helps keep me moving.  I like that it isn’t ‘stretching’-based, like yoga can be, which can be more harmful for [those with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome], and is very personal.  It’s about you getting to know yourself, not straining to hit a pose.  I recommend giving it a try to everyone I know!  I did 6+ months of physical therapy with practically no improvement, going three times a week and really trying, and found improvement after just one Feldenkrais class.” -Fiona P.

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“Vivian is a very skilled Feldenkrais practitioner! I knew almost nothing about this method before attending my first session, but after about an hour of seemingly small movements, I regained almost a full range of motion in my left hip which has been stiff and painful for years. I think this kind of functional movement could be really helpful to everyone- but as a mother of small children, I find myself moving in strange ways, getting up and down a lot and the simple pain-free techniques I’m learning are great. I also think that Vivian brings such a positive energy and passion to this work that you can really feel that she loves helping people move better in all kinds of ways. You always feel very comfortable, safe and confident that she has a lot of knowledge to help. Thank you Vivian!” – Carmen S.

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“I am an expectant momma and I absolutely loved the Movement for New Moms class.  Vivian is attentive to individual needs, and she knows exactly what she’s doing.  It’s amazing how a 1 hour class made so much difference in my overall well-being; I am able to find comfortably positions to sleep in, and rolling in and out of bed is way easier than it used to be.  I highly recommend her class!

I had no idea what the Feldenkrais Method was, so I had concerns about attending a class based on this method. However, Vivian made sure the class was comfortable and relaxing. She was very personable and took time to address my individual needs. She also taught movements that I find very valuable as I can see how much comfort I get from practicing the things I learnt in her class.” – Karinatei L.

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“Vivian is an excellent Feldenkrais practitioner. She is very perceptive and considers the individual needs of each group participant as she moves through the awareness through movement sessions. She makes helping our bodies move more effectively an enjoyable experience.” -Ken S.

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“I’m so thankful for Vivian’s expertise and gentle approach to movement/body awareness. She showed me how to be more intuitive and aware of how small adjustments can feel different within the body. I was experiencing lower back discomfort and Vivian’s suggested postural adjustments and stretches have really helped in alleviating the pain. I’m very appreciative of Vivian’s work and would (and have!) recommended her to others looking for increased movement awareness and healing.” -Tasia Y.

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“For my first Functional Integration session, I had only a faint idea of what to expect. Vivian’s calm and yet enthusiastic demeanor put me right at ease. I shared with her everything about my body – even the mysterious things. It was so nice to talk about the body like it is the amazing, self-healing and most awesome machine that it is. On the table Vivian helped me reach new sensations and bridged connections within me that revealed myself in a new way to me. I got to take home a very valuable discovery that day. Thank you Vivian for helping me expand!” -Seychelles P.

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“Vivian is a miracle worker!  For several weeks I had been experiencing severe pain in my feet from plantar fasciitis which I noticed every time I go from sitting to standing.  After one functional integration session, I was able to stand on my feet totally and completely pain free – like I never even had the pain.  With gentleness, wisdom, curiousity, and a healer’s intuition, Vivian shared simple movements and performed subtle manipulations on my body which left me feeling grounded, calm, taller, and pain free.  Thank you, Vivian!!!” -Patti A.

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“When I first went to my first session with Vivian, I knew practically nothing about what Feldenkrais was all about….I have an assortment of limitations…Having suffered an infantile stroke, the left side of my body is less developed than my right. My left leg is shorter…I have constant back pain, …scoliosis, a compressed spine, and arthritis. I also have limited use of my left hand, which functions primarily to hold things put in it.

…After my session with her, I noticed a greater awareness of my left hand, whereas before it was “just there”. I began using my left hand more frequently for picking up things (I always had used my right hand) and for doing things in general…it is more functional than it was before.

….In the next two sessions, …She also helped me to sense and move…to give me a greater awareness of my body. Sensing these things has been helping me to become more aware of how I stand, how I sit, and how I move.

I would highly recommend trying this method for anyone, even if you do not have physical limitations like I do. You will thoroughly enjoy Vivian – besides being a knowledgeable practitioner, she is gentle, intelligent, and a keen listener with a delightful sense of humor.”  -Susan W.

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“Vivian is delightful and can help you one-on-one with the aches and pains of motherhood- she is an experienced Feldenkrais instructor. Personally motherhood has been quite painful for me, my back, shoulders, hips, hands, neck, feet, knees are hurting. Vivian can help you with feeling more comfortable in your body as a mom and shows you specific things you can do while nursing and to help offset the effects of carrying babies around. Go treat yourself to this mommies, you deserve it!” -Tina V.

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