“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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 working with Carl for over a year, learning how to manage a long list of over-use injuries I have accumulated through years of a desk job and outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and biking. Relief of the most painful injury (an impinged rotator cuff) came quickly, but the longer-term gains in somatic awareness have been the greater benefit. I feel much better equipped to avoid injury by moving more freely and naturally.
John White, Salt Lake City, UT
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
Working with Erin and Carl is one of the most challenging things I've ever done, and I write that with the utmost gratitude and appreciation. Some folks bounce into class, excited to be there, while I drag myself in, nervous and resistant. I am welcomed so lovingly every time. Regardless (perhaps because) of the difficulty, I am so keenly aware of what I've learned and how much my life has changed since I started working with them in embodiment practices and grief rituals. I am quicker to find the ground when stress is high; I notice more moments of self-compassion; I'm increasingly able to listen to and respond to my body instead of willfully ignoring it; I recognize the grief I am experiencing, and in that, I am learning to hold pain and joy simultaneously. I can't imagine doing this work with anyone other than Erin and Carl. They are masters of their craft and approach each class and ceremony with kindness, flexibility, enthusiasm, authenticity, patience, and love. Yes, the work can be hard... and yet every minute of it is worthwhile. This is such vital learning and I am beyond grateful to have Erin and Carl to guide me through it.
- Chloe Skidmore, SLC, Utah
As a fellow body awareness professional, I have the utmost respect for the amazing work that Erin and Carl do. When my clients need some extensive and specialized therapy I happily refer them to Erin and Carl because I know that they will receive the utmost care from such knowledgeable and mindful somatic awareness professionals. Each time I personally receive treatment from either Carl or Erin, I learn so much about myself through their skillful approach to navigating the body toward complete ease and freedom. I simply can’t say enough good about these two.
- Scott Moore, Salt Lake City, UT
Professional Yoga Teacher
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