“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.
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
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
I began working with Erin to address chronic neck and shoulder pain. I had tried chiropractics, massage and physical therapy, but none of these “treatments” had a lasting effect. My first six sessions with Erin helped me reconnect with my body and its supportive structure. I began to experience my neck and shoulder as integrated parts of the whole, rather than uncomfortable appendages that I had to carry around. I learned to sense where I am holding tension, as well as ways to allow gravity to do its job so that I can do mine with greater ease and less effort. When I am not working directly with Erin, I continue to explore ways to integrate Feldenkrais into my daily life. This work is a process and an investment of self-compassion. It has absolutely shifted my perspective towards my body and pain.
- Christina, Salt Lake City
An aching shoulder kept me from working at my ranch the way I needed to. It also caused me problems when sleeping. I tried physical therapy, acupuncture, and rest. Not much change. “Maybe it’s l just my age,” I thought, and almost resigned myself to it.Then I decided to ask for a session with Erin. (True confession here – she is my daughter!) It took me awhile to ask for her help. After one session I was so amazed at the relief I felt. The discomfort returned in a few days so I asked to return for another session. After the second session, not only did my pain disappear, but she gave me self help movements to try if ever I felt it come back.My shoulder has never caused me any further problems since my Feldenkrais sessions with Erin. And that was several years ago! I am so grateful.
- Linda Gardner
Blue Moon Ranch Alpacas
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.
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
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
If you're forcing anything, you're not doing it right. Isn't that a mind-shift when you're used to, "No pain no gain?" I've been utilizing Erin and Carl's practices for several years for one-on-one treatment (mostly with Erin), online classes and Awareness Through Movement lessons, which are group classes. I've hobbled in at different times with balance issues, a sore back, hip bursitis, a wrist that a PT gave up on, an injured SI joint, or a shoulder that had frozen up, and again and again I've walked out more fluidly and hurting less, all with zero pain during treatment. We're not even focusing on the sore spots. Somehow by learning to feel within the parts that aren't hurting and working with your body rather than fighting and forcing it, the painful sore spots relax and aren't as painful anymore! It feels magical to me every time. I also usually leave with strategies to continue at home. The same theory applies to online classes. Don't go into a class expecting to force or shame yourself into changing because you're not going to find that here. Instead, you'll feel the messiness and hard parts of life while learning strategies for simultaneously finding and deeply feeling the joy, awe, and wonder. Erin and Carl aren't just health practitioners, they're healers and teachers, and I'm so grateful I found them!
Teacher of 8-year-old geniuses and animal-assisted-therapy teams, and connoisseur of hiking trails through the great outdoors.
MaryBeth Jarvis Clark
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