“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast
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 found Carl I had been dealing with the residual pain from a hip injury for over a year. While I had received temporary pain relief from chiropractic visits, physical therapy, and regular massage nothing seemed to last. That all changed after finding Carl. Within two visits the recurring limping and fairly constant pain from my hip were gone and have not returned, although I have definitely returned to Carl for help with other chronic issues. I am constantly impressed with his deep academic knowledge of the body, his intuitive grasp of what will most benefit me during a particular session, and last but not least, his real belief that our bodies can remember how not to be in pain. I cannot recommend Carl’s unique blend of Structural Integration, Feldenkrais, and massage therapy enough.
- Corrinne Lewis, writer, Salt Lake City, UT
I have been lucky to have taken a number of workshops with Erin and Carl, all of which have perfectly impacted my life both during and after. I find now that when I'm doing the dishes I'll suddenly notice I'm holding my breath, so I'll pause, take a moment to feel my feet on the ground, take a big breath, and often smile at the knowing that their support and presence are with me always. I even have a big sign as I leave my office that says "Pause", and find the lessons they have taught me influence the language I use and my compassion for others. I often find myself thinking about the wonderful community of people who attend their groups and am grateful for the safe space they create and the sharing that takes place. Erin and Carl have offered me so many tools to help support me through this crazy life including a daily gratitude practice, being gentle with myself, bowing to what is, poetry, maitri, and so much more. The Embodied Life practice is a brilliant gift that has made my world better.
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.
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.
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
Erin and Carl have given me the tools to live an active and pain free life! I have always been involved in sports, even moving to Utah for the abundant recreational activities.After my 40th birthday I experienced a succession of joint pains; first my hip, then a frozen right shoulder, then a frozen left shoulder. Erin and Carl employed gentle Feldenkrais techniques and provided me with body awareness education that relieved me of my pain and is also keeping my pain from recurring. Before coming to Erin and Carl, I tried steroid injections and conventional physical therapy, which did not work for me and I was discouraged by my therapist’s directive to give up running as a general exercise.Now thanks to Erin and Carl I enthusiastically pursue all my favorite activities (even running 5Ks!) as well as having the courage to try new activities such as surfing and rock climbing! I feel so fortunate that I met Erin at the right time in my life-although I truly believe that meeting her earlier may have given me the tools needed to prevent the pain in the first place!
- Janine Langer, Salt Lake City, UT
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
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
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
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
The Feldenkrais sessions have brought about changes that I would have never expected. My introduction into Feldenkrais was via 3 gift certificates from a friend. As I mentioned to Erin in the beginning, my “issues” have been more lung related vs. musculoskeletal, and I never had the expectation that the treatments would help me to walk more easily and freely and breathe more easily, but inexplicably it has. I also have noticed that my 51-year-old body is walking and standing straighter, in a relaxed way, but with very little thought or effort given to this. Erin is a marvel and a gentle teacher in Feldenkrais. After only 5 sessions, I have a deeper sense of how I move; I walk more easily, and feel less overall tension in my body. I come away from the sessions feeling deeply relaxed, which is a bonus.
- Karen H., Salt Lake City, UT