“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast
I have had the opportunity to work with Erin Geesaman Rabke and Carl Rabke prior to a couple of back injuries which resulted in two surgeries.
Each of them hold qualities in their actions that promote a deep sense of awareness, compassion, and wisdom. The tools I gained from each of them prior to these injuries assisted in my personal recovery. Post injuries, the study of Feldenkrais has greatly contributed to many epic experiences of somatic awareness. I highly recommend private sessions for the benefit of personal results. However, the group sessions are also extremely helpful and provide the experiential knowledge, sensing how it is to be at ease in your body. The private Feldenkrais sessions with Erin have made a profound impact on my yoga practice, movement throughout the day, how I sit at a desk, drive a car, and most importantly, how I am becoming more aware of my body, allowing it to move with ease. The time after each session has also proven to be helpful because there continues to be mental/emotional/physical lightning strikes of connections happening deeply within my mind, body, and spirit. I am eternally grateful to have crossed paths with these brilliant people. I recommend them both wholeheartedly.
- Lara Kandolin
I’ve been receiving individual functional integration sessions from Erin for the past 3 years. This work, translated through Erin’s sensitive and supportive touch, has been a fundamental part of my growing ability to ground my body to the earth, organize my movements more effectively, and reduce the pain of overuse. I feel fortunate to be able to take advantage of her work, guidance, and non-judgmental presence.
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
I have been blessed to have been students of Erin’s and Carl’s over the last twelve years. The first many years of that experience was as a yoga student and now, of late, as an opportunity to re-experience Feldenkrais. Their compassion, kindness, intelligence, extensive training and incredible talent as teachers has always drawn me into their circle. There are very few better as communicators. Listening to their words and following their very poetic cues enables access to entirely new sources of movement that flow like water. This work is so powerful and integrates so well in our daily lives and activities; all else becomes more easeful, efficient, unencumbered, joyful. Their ability to teach this work is equally profound and joyful and not to be missed.
- Lise Fischer
Co-Owner of Streamline Pilates Teacher Training Program
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
I have learned from Erin for more than a decade. Through classes and working one on one with her, I have discovered how to access so many wisdoms in my body, mind, and heart. I have experienced greater ease and alignment in my physical movement and in my life. Erin will be the first to tell you that her work is not about self-improvement and I will tell you that as a result of learning with her, I’ve experienced a profound improvement in my relationship with myself. And that’s a gift that keeps on giving.
- Nini Rich, Salt Lake City, Utah
It’s not very often that one meets an individual who works and creates space for self learning, exploration, and healing with such joyous rigor and grace. Well, there are two individuals like that, Erin and Carl, who just happen to be right here in Salt Lake City (and living under the same roof! Their passion is so tangible and their gifts so lovingly shared. From their workshops to private sessions, I have learned so much in their presence and the family, friends, and clients I have sent their way have all returned with such high praise and gratitude for the quality of experience with Erin and Carl. I am continuously inspired by their dedication to their personal and professional practice. They are a gift to this community and I am so honored to call them friends and colleagues.
- Lauren Stern
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
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
I was running up Grandeur Peak the other day and was thinking so much about you, feeling deeply grateful in my heart for YOU .. experiencing what you have shared with me!! How you (by fully embodying your life) have inspired me and given me so much unconditional love. Your loving attention has moved my life so deeply in many ways. Besides having a really HAPPY BODY..my mind and heart are learning all the time to be more present with what is in my life!! These gifts affect everyone in my life. My husband and our relationship as a couple has never been better, our intimate life has blossomed to a new level. Our 23 year old son even brags to his girlfriends that his mom does”Feldi”..(he must see and feel something sweet going on!) I treasure my career and am able to do the work/play I need to do without any pain. My athletic abilities have also gone to a new plateau. I have had feedback from really excellent skate skiers sharing with me that I was skiing better than ever..I fly running..being light and centered… I could go on and on..I do think I have only scratched the surface what you have given me!!!!And I know that I have only just BEGUN!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!
- Allison Shayne, Salt Lake City
MaryBeth Jarvis Clark
Janene M. Holmberg
My experience with Erin & Carl's embodied Feldenkrais practices has been transformative. As a PT who cherishes the concept of exercise as powerful medicine, in practicing and experiencing their work, I have joyfully discovered an even deeper and profound therapeutic awakening thru movement. I have been able to go beyond just movement as exercise, to movement as a vehicle to tangibly experience my own body's innate powerful inner healer. I have been able to experience that when I release something in my body, I'm often also able to release something in my mind as well and when I open my body to ease, my mind opens and softens as well. In other words, the intellectual concepts of "somatoemotional release" and "mind/body connection" become real, alive and living experiences. Until experiencing their work, I had grossly underestimated the internal resources my body possesses to bring peace, groundedness, authenticity, and even great levels of pleasure. There is a gentle genius in their work that is refreshingly new, personal, individualized and spaciously respectful. I bow in honor to the beauty of their work as a most grateful beneficiary.