Feel Better as Yourself
“What you truly learn best will appear to you later as your own discovery.” – Moshe Feldenkrais
“Change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not.” – Arnold Beisser
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers
The Feldenkrais method is a radically non-corrective approach to improving quality of life. It can be thought of as unconditional positive regard expressed through touch and movement. This work is based on trust that the person moves the best way they can and with the help of awareness can naturally discover and integrate more ease and freedom of movement.
In a Feldenkrais session, each client is met as they are, without attempt to correct, or force any particular outcome. As a practitioner, my goal is to create an environment and facilitate an experience that supports and accelerates person’s natural tendency towards more balanced physical and psychological states.
Sessions begin with finding a position that is comfortable for the client (usually lying down). Through gentle touch and subtle movement, the practitioner provides non-intrusive feedback to help increase awareness. As awareness increases, changes naturally emerge from within the client’s nervous system: unnecessary tension is released, breathing becomes easier, and the client’s overall state becomes more balanced. Clients often describe this state as grounded, present, quiet, at ease, and in agreement with oneself.
By experiencing emergent change that happens naturally from within their nervous system, clients grows trust in themselves. They feel better without having to surrender their agency, which allows them to rightfully claim credit for helping themselves to feel better.
The non-corrective nature of this work makes it a great way to support both therapists and their clients.
Testimonials from Therapists:
“Igor is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge of how subtle body movement can be used in healing. He reached out to me because he would like to connect with therapists who use somatic practices. During a recent phone session, I had the opportunity to experience how he gently guides people to tune into small body movements to achieve a deep sense of relaxation and release of tension. I give a heartfelt recommendation for those who are interested in using somatic practices in healing to contact Igor.” –Abigail Tischler
“Igor’s gentle, curious nature puts one immediately at ease, and he is clearly committed and passionate about his work. His thoughtful comments and insights gave me a better sense of the Feldenkrais technique, and how it could be combined with psychotherapy to help people connect with themselves and their bodies. I hope to work with Igor again in the future.” –Julie Schuck