“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast
Alane Fry McKenna
My personal experience with Feldendrais lessons, and practicing some movements for about 20 minutes 5-6x a week, has benefited my body greatly. Most noticeable is the absence of daily pain and muscle tension in my back and shoulders, that I experienced before, from sitting at a computer for 5-6 hours each day. And with my recent job change, which now requires that I am on my feet for about 8-9 hours each shift, I found a new pain in my low/mid back, which was quickly remedied with only a couple of lessons and more practice.I also find that the daily morning practice is like a meditation, or tuning in with my center,….which seems to lay a foundation that stays with me throughout the day. I feel much more peaceful and resilient on the days I practice movements in the morning.And an unexpected benefit I’ve experienced is when I do an unusual, not routine, very strenuous (for me) activity……like heavy yard work, or a yearly kayaking or backpacking or water-skiing activity, I hardly feel any strain or soreness in my muscles.Last week I water-skied for the first time in about 10 years which would normally result in feeling “crippled” for a few days, but I experienced absolutely no limitation or restriction of movement afterward and I only felt a very slight soreness to my shoulders…that I really only noticed when my husband tried rubbing my back…..amazing! At age 54…..I am moving more like I did at 35!
- Alane Fry McKenna, Salt Lake City
Thank you for your elegant classes.Each time I learn Feldenkris methods I am amazed how the awareness of moving allows freedom and grace. Instead of feeling pain, I feel like dancing! I love it all!
- Dorothy Dart, Salt Lake City, UT
MaryBeth Jarvis Clark
Words are insufficient to express how happy I am with the outcome of Carl’s structural integration work and Erin’s Feldenkrais exercises. Due to a leg injury at the age of 3, I experienced hip and lower back pain for most of my life. I did a series of structural integration sessions with Carl, focused on helping me to re-learn to walk properly, as well as a series of Feldenkrais exercises each night. The results were incredible. I no longer have back or hip pain, and I love my “new walk”. Thanks Carl and Erin!!
- Lisa Carling, Salt Lake City, UT
Thank you Carl.I’ve appreciated the existence of you and your practice over the past years as well.
The work that you facilitated was the fulcrum into a state of okayness, which became wellness, which became fitness, which is now pushing the boundaries of my own athleticism. I cannot be more deeply and sincerely appreciative of your guidance on that path.
Hannah, Salt Lake City, UT
My curiosity in Feldenkrais was piqued when my daughter told me of a professional cellist friend of hers that was finding relief for an ailing shoulder that was interfering with his ability to play music. She then had Erin come by and teach a quick class to the stylists at her and her husband’s salon so they could be better in tune with their bodies as they stand on their feet, bending over in awkward positions all day while styling hair. She raved about all of it. My back had been giving me trouble over and over since the ’70’s and I was in the throes of yet another “episode” and was easily convinced to find another method of relief, so I was in.The results of my sessions with Erin over the last several years have fulfilled any starry eyed hopes about how healthy I could feel and certainly have far exceeded any expectations one may have. I could go on and on about how my back is now manageable, how my neck no longer causes headaches, how I learned that my neck was even the cause of those headaches, how I learned new ways to play guitar without causing my shoulder grief; but I will share only one thing — the thing that got my attention after one session and kept bringing me back.It was a simple little thing that happened after the first session, but completely changed my perception as to how easy these major changes in my body could be. I was driving home after the session had completed and needed to merge into the lane to my right. I turned on my signal, swung my head around to look for any traffic in the the lane and my head swung effortlessly, further than it had been in years. I was completely blown away; so much so that I had to try it several more times so I could believe what was happening. It was like I had a new head or someone else’s neck! It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I was completely and utterly convinced that I needed to continue Feldenkrais sessions from that point on and have never quit going.
- Dale Southard, Salt Lake City, UT
In 2002 I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in the lower back. At the time of the diagnosis the neurosurgeon stated I would require a Laminectomy in the L3-L5 region of the spine. I elected to live with the pain rather than undergo the surgery. In 2008 -2010 I took Erin’s “Basics of Back Care” classes and it changed my state of being. The combined techniques of yoga and Feldenkrais learned in the classes have enabled me to manage my pain. I utilize these techniques today and I am happy to report that I have never needed the surgery. Thank you Erin!
- Terry Prymek, Salt Lake City, UT
National Account Manager, ARUP Laboratories
Diane Musho Hamilton
Erin and Carl Rabke are two of the most awake, compassionate, and embodied practitioners I have worked with. Both of them bring inspiration, subtlety and exquisite nuance to their instruction. They are deeply in touch with their audience and I would entrust anyone to their reliable hands.
Diane Musho Hamilton
My personal Feldenkrais sessions with Carl have been subtle and very relaxing. The work however continues ever so gently to deepen over the next few days to a week, and in the last few months I’ve been able to shift and release some patterns in my body that have held pain for a long time. I am encouraged that my 42 year old body can feel more ease and require less effort on a day to day basis.My experience with Erin teaching/guiding group classes is more than positive. During class I feel a loving acceptance of my body – awesome! After class I feel relaxed and radically alive – wow! This is such a wonderful enhancement to our community. I would encourage anyone with pain, fatigue or stress (so that is pretty much everyone) to go and experience Erin’s guidance for Feldenkrais group classes and/or Yoga for Relaxation.
- Pam Murray, Salt Lake City, UT
I went to see Erin for Feldenkrais after damaging my lower back in a car accident. The wounds had healed, but the deeper structural imbalances were still causing me a lot of pain, even after physical therapy and a lot of beneficial work with Yoga. I was seeing enough improvement after six weeks of general Feldenkrais classes to seek out a private, hands-on session.Erin’s comforting touch reassured my body and mind that my innate body wisdom was still there underneath all the fear and pain caused by my injuries. I woke up the day after our session with a new and wonderful way of walking: pain free.Erin had helped my mind reprogram itself to bring my body back into effortless rightness. I can’t say enough about the gratitude I feel toward Erin for the gracious way she applies her thoughtful and egoless expertise. She changed my life in the course of an hour, much for the better, and the results are still mine to enjoy.
- Erin Menut,
Owner, Avenues Yoga
An aching shoulder kept me from working at my ranch the way I needed to. It also caused me problems when sleeping. I tried physical therapy, acupuncture, and rest. Not much change. “Maybe it’s l just my age,” I thought, and almost resigned myself to it.Then I decided to ask for a session with Erin. (True confession here – she is my daughter!) It took me awhile to ask for her help. After one session I was so amazed at the relief I felt. The discomfort returned in a few days so I asked to return for another session. After the second session, not only did my pain disappear, but she gave me self help movements to try if ever I felt it come back.My shoulder has never caused me any further problems since my Feldenkrais sessions with Erin. And that was several years ago! I am so grateful.
- Linda Gardner
Blue Moon Ranch Alpacas
I was introduced to Erin and the Feldenkrais Method by a wonderful and caring friend who wanted to help me get over some frustrating, chronic, and recurrent tendon injuries. I am an avid climber, skier, runner,and biker, and I work hard as a veterinarian. I needed help treat my body more kindly.Erin, with her great teaching skills, her gentle approach, her soothing voice, and her enthusiasm, is helping me find the path towards healing and towards preventing injuries and chronic pain. I feel like she presented to me the missing link to taking better care of my body.The increased body awareness has helped me feel better in my daily activities and complements my physical therapy exercises very well. It is just the beginning for me of a wonderful journey of improved understanding of my body, a more focused and open mind, and an increased coordination between the two.Not only are the sessions with her very beneficial and enjoyable, but Erin also sends regular insightful emails and I can conveniently download exercises to do at home. She is a great teacher and her passion is contagious. I am so happy I met her!
- Magali Lequient, DVM