“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast
Their teaching style is gentle, yet displays a deep understanding of the body and of methods for working with it. From conversations with participants, I had the sense that many carried away a new and more subtle awareness of the spaces within and how to open to them.
- Michael Zimmerman
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
I began working with Erin to address chronic neck and shoulder pain. I had tried chiropractics, massage and physical therapy, but none of these “treatments” had a lasting effect. My first six sessions with Erin helped me reconnect with my body and its supportive structure. I began to experience my neck and shoulder as integrated parts of the whole, rather than uncomfortable appendages that I had to carry around. I learned to sense where I am holding tension, as well as ways to allow gravity to do its job so that I can do mine with greater ease and less effort. When I am not working directly with Erin, I continue to explore ways to integrate Feldenkrais into my daily life. This work is a process and an investment of self-compassion. It has absolutely shifted my perspective towards my body and pain.
- Christina, Salt Lake City
Along the years spent in SLC, I got the chance to experience Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes with Erin and Carl. I did a variety of session with different focus: Shoulder and Neck workshop, a retreat at Snowbird, and more. The most life altering experiences were a series of 10 classes working along the 10 sessions of Structural Integration and also the Empelvised, Embellied, Empowered classes for women which rippled joy throughout my pregnancy. Each of their classes helped me embody my Self further more. The awareness I gained from these sessions is cumulative and empowering. I still use some of the movements whenever I experience body discomfort. I am a Kinesis Structural Integrator and constantly talk to my clients about the benefits of Feldenkrais. I like how accessible it is, easy and slow, and how it allows the nervous system to re-pattern (so much hope in that!)But not all instructors are alike. Erin and Carl are outstanding educators. I trust their skills, I trust their heart!
- Ingrid Bregand, Salt Lake City, UT
When I think about or practice Feldenkrais, I can here Erin’s melodious voice asking me to gently ask myself, “How can I make this easier? How can I make this more pleasurable?” I am so grateful that this practice has taught me that to do things in a way that is gentle and easy and in alignment with how my body naturally wants to move is not weak. That giving myself permission to go only as far as feels really delicious to me is not selfish. That staying with an experience in my body, gives me a stronger capacity to stay with other kinds of experiences. Spending time lying on the mat practicing these sometimes minute movements, allows me to really check in with how I pay attention to myself, with how I direct attention at myself.This sort of very subtle time spent with myself in Feldekrais has translated into an ability to feel how I pay attention to myself in other circumstances. I find that I am sometimes incredibly impatient with myself, or very hard on myself, or simply trying too hard. In these times, I am so grateful when I manage to remember Erin’s voice, “How can I make this easier? How can I make this more pleasurable?”
- Jessica Frogley, Salt Lake City, UT
Working 1:1 with Carl and Erin has given me a new relationship and connection with my body. After countless physical therapy home programs since the age of 9 to correct my posture, it has only been through Feldenkrais that I have discovered my limited body awareness and now I have begun to reconnect with myself. It has been an incredible journey, and Carl provides constant humor and insight throughout my practice. Feldenkrais affects all of my other branches of life and I am happy to be a more grounded person, providing my body with awareness, breath and alignment instead of judgement. I recommend Carl and Erin to everyone I know. It will change your life!
- Denise Adams, Salt Lake City, UT
The Integrative Embodiment work I've experienced with Erin and Carl has deeply affected my life. Since working with them, I have learned tangible ways to distinguish how present and grounded I am in each moment, and how to shift into deeper awareness and presence at any time. I have learned skills that help me to ground my energy in my everyday life so I can really be present with each moment as it occurs, as my true authentic self. I have grown my awareness of my connections to my body as a whole and experienced how much spaciousness and wisdom lives inside my bones and tissues. I've grown my capacity for kindness towards myself and others, while integrating the connections with my body, heart and mind. The deeply authentic community of belonging Erin and Carl create is another profoundly life-changing resource for me. I truly feel like I've come home to myself here. The connections I'm creating within my body, heart, and mind, are rippling out to my relationships, community and the world.
If you're forcing anything, you're not doing it right. Isn't that a mind-shift when you're used to, "No pain no gain?" I've been utilizing Erin and Carl's practices for several years for one-on-one treatment (mostly with Erin), online classes and Awareness Through Movement lessons, which are group classes. I've hobbled in at different times with balance issues, a sore back, hip bursitis, a wrist that a PT gave up on, an injured SI joint, or a shoulder that had frozen up, and again and again I've walked out more fluidly and hurting less, all with zero pain during treatment. We're not even focusing on the sore spots. Somehow by learning to feel within the parts that aren't hurting and working with your body rather than fighting and forcing it, the painful sore spots relax and aren't as painful anymore! It feels magical to me every time. I also usually leave with strategies to continue at home. The same theory applies to online classes. Don't go into a class expecting to force or shame yourself into changing because you're not going to find that here. Instead, you'll feel the messiness and hard parts of life while learning strategies for simultaneously finding and deeply feeling the joy, awe, and wonder. Erin and Carl aren't just health practitioners, they're healers and teachers, and I'm so grateful I found them!
Teacher of 8-year-old geniuses and animal-assisted-therapy teams, and connoisseur of hiking trails through the great outdoors.
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
The work which I did with Carl resulted in an awakening in my body that has allowed me to ride my bicycle pain free for the first time in 20 years.
- Leslie -Doctor of Sports Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT