“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast
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.
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
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.
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
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
What I have learned from studying Feldenkrais with Erin:To ask questions at bone-depth
To trust my inner authority
To gently inquire
To go slower, now slower, yes, even slower
That I am not stuck
That I am able to use my vision to receive, not only retrieve
That my miserable little neck is not all alone
To do things with less effort and more pleasure. The best questions go bone deep. “What does the skeleton want?’ is this kind of
question. When Erin first raised the question, I was baffled. “Who knows?” I thought.
But I was also curious. With Erin’s coaching, I began to inquire, to deeply listen.“Thanks for asking,” said my skelly, “it’s about time.” She had a list. I was amazed to learn that my skeleton knows exactly what she wants. She wants me to trust
her integrity, to remember that she is structurally sound, to see that she was
miraculously designed to support the strain of this whole adventure. In short, she
wants me to trust her and let her do her job. Also, she likes it when I notice
that she is agile, that her spine is articulate. “Our back is not a fused block.” she says.
She doesn’t care if I know how many bones are in our feet, but she does appreciate
it when I remember that our toes move individually. When my neck is strained and
cranky from holding the weight of my head, my skeleton reminds me that my
neck is not alone on the job, but supported by the power of my supple spine. On my worst day, when tendons strain and muscles tremble, I am still strong in
Erin taught me to trust my skeletal strength, to observe the depth of my
structural elegance. Thanks to Erin, I know that I always have a place to rest. I can
rest in the beauty of my bones.
- Nan Seymour
Executive Director of Local First Utah
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
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
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
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