“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast
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
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
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.
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
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
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’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
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
MaryBeth Jarvis Clark
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
Monica Faux-Kota LMT
What I have harnessed through working with Erin is that my body serves me as a noble refuge. In times of stress and anxiety I can turn inward and find peace, calm, and clarity. I find the resonance of my essence, my soul, and I understand that indulging this place represents evolved health and well-being; beyond that - it is a very pleasurable place to retreat to. In all of this I find my worth and value as a human being - and I find what I am devoted to. I feel most complete when I am engaged in her teachings.
Erin has been a primary teacher of mine for almost a decade now. It is challenging to summarize my thoughts about her and what she shares because "less effort more pleasure", her signature tagline, sounds simple - but I have learned that creating a lifestyle that embodies this concept requires a lot of introspection to start, dedication to the reprogramming required, and then on-going devotion.
With this in mind - Erin's teachings require her to be an anchor, a beacon of light, a rock, and a master of holding space for individuals who seek more from life - all while leading by example.
Her work emphasizes our current perfection as a human being and very gently encourages the exploration of what feels to me to be, embodied grace.
Embodied grace is an evolved way of living. It represents our ability, and Divine-given-right, to beautify life, seek pleasure and joy, while also enduring the relentless harshness of this human existence.
What I appreciate about Erin the most is that she does not shy away from the truth that life is often hard; then she has the courage to declare that we could soften into our own flesh, find our heart and innate wisdom, and choose to hold the heavy in one hand and all the juicy-soul-nurturing-gifts in the other, and expand into our capacity to feel it all.
Beyond this - she emphasizes that there is always a bountiful harvest found in various forms of pleasure - and she nudges us towards those fruits; because this way of living is possible. What an immeasurable tool-gift.
Erin offers an invitation to buck-the-status-quo and evolve via beautifying an embodied existence.
The support that is critical for this way of living is what Erin and Carl have created and continue to nurture. Their business is firmly rooted in integrity and community. They care about the Greater Good, and honestly - I believe that their primary purpose on the earth is to help bolster humanity.
The ways in which society benefits from a single embodied person is considerable, the ripple effect is promising.
Just imagine the potential and possibility nestled within droves of embodied people.
This potential and possibility is what Erin and Carl invest in.
Simply stated, they care.
Monica Faux Kota
Massage Therapist & Empowerment Advocate
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