Feldenkrais Method® Testimonials

"I have been taking Chrish's Feldenkrais classes faithfully for over 3 years and when in need for some special attention, make an appointment with her for an individual Functional Integration (FI) session. Simply put, these sessions with Chrish have changed my life and my body. What my regular yoga practice could not address, Feldenkrais could--and as a result, has made my yoga more fluid and joyful. With " Feldy ", my chronic TMJ (jaw pain) has lessened dramatically, same for neck and back pain. And when any of these annoyances reappear, I just lie down on the floor, do some Feldy movements and I'm good to go. A recently broken wrist has healed more quickly along with the return of function that I believe is due in great part to Feldy--practiced even while the wrist was still in the cast! Chrish is simply the best instructor for any body work I've known. She is patient, persistent, supportive, gentle, positive, and extremely skilled. I fully trust her knowledge and know that she continues to feed it, so her students continue to progress and benefit. It's frustrating to me that so few people know about Feldenkrais and even fewer try it out. That was true of my husband, who comes from a science/medical background. At first skeptical, a stiff spine nudged him to give Feldy a try. Two years later, he continues to attend class and he's moving with ease that most "60-something" men only envy. " - Linda Herson, Chevy Chase, MD

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"For many years I suffered from lower back pain that left me unable to stand for long periods, sometimes so bad I would literally have to sit down on the floor (even in grocery stores and other public places) just to alleviate the pain. Today, after a year of weekly Feldenkrais classes taught by my wonderful teacher, Chrish Kresge, I am pain free. The change happened without my even realizing it until one day I suddenly became aware of the fact that I had not had back pain in months. My pain-free life continues, along with weekly classes, thanks to the Feldenkrais Method® and Chrish!" - Janet L. Leno, Global HIV/AIDS Program of the World Bank, Washington, D.C.

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"My yoga teacher, considerably younger than I am, recommended Feldenkrais to me, saying her mother was my age and it was helping her. With a knee I was afraid would have to be replaced, I was willing to try anything. Now, after a year of taking Feldenkrais from Chrish Kresge in Washington, DC, I can feel the difference in a positive response in my body. My knee has regained its mobility, and I walk with a minimum of discomfort. While the technique is part of the story, I feel the practitioner is the major part. Ms. Kresge not only knows her subject thoroughly, but her manner of teaching, her warmth and personal concern for every one of her students makes the sessions feel less like a class and more like a family gathering. I take her classes in her well-appointed studio in Washington, and I understand that she also conducts sessions in Feldenkrais and Bones for Life® in other areas of the Washington metropolitan area. If you want to better your body and lifestyle, I heartily recommend her." - David Black, Washington, D.C. and Santiago, Chile

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"Looking back to my first wary, but desperate climb up the stairs to your studio, it's hard to remember that I accepted my stiffness, pain and imbalance as the expected result of aging and injury. Almost three years with you, relearning how to move my body with the Feldenkrais Method® has eliminated most of my symptoms plus given me more vitality and focus. It's the best choice I could have made for myself. Thank you, Chrish!” - Betsy Clark, Washington, D.C.

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"I feel that Feldenkrais has helped me get rid of the headaches I was having, which I believe stemmed from holding tension in my jaw. Now I notice that I let go of tension in my jaw many times a day and hardly ever have a headache. I enjoy walking for exercise and I have learned from Chrish's Feldenkrais classes how to walk smoothly and straighter than before." - Corinne D’Silva, Falls Church, VA

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"I believe that my general well-being and overall fitness at 77 is due to my participation in Chrish’s Feldenkrais instruction for the past two and a half years. I am grateful." - Angelika Zaia , Washington , D.C.

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It was at a time when I was suffering chronic attacks of pain in my lower back and was in a rather depressed mood that I had the chance to meet Chrish in Kathmandu in the winter of 2003. I joined her weekly ATM classes there in a studio above a bookshop. After the very first class - with her wonderful teaching and loving, caring approach to everyone - I felt already much better.

For some happy months I enjoyed her classes, workshops, as well as two Functional Integration® sessions, and my physical and mental health improved a lot. Slowly I learned to listen to my own needs and feelings and to become aware of the connections in my body. Chrish's unexpected sudden departure due to her husband's illness left a huge vacuum, but thanks to some tapes and CDs of her ATM classes, I could continue practicing and listening to the wisdom and the encouragement included in every lesson. My backache is a matter of the past and I am so enthusiastic about the Feldenkrais Method that I have applied for the Feldenkrais® practitioner training which starts in the summer of 2008 in Basel, Switzerland.

Thank you, dear Chrish! - Rosmarie Panday, Honorary Consul of Switzerland, Kathmandu, Nepal

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"I have been working with Chrish for almost two years and I look forward to each session. Specifically, Feldenkrais has improved my posture by making me more aware of my body, its strengths and limitations. Generally, it has improved my overall feelings of well-being."

Irwin Lebow, Washington, D.C.

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"The awareness I've gained through Feldenkrais lessons has not only made it easier to move but also restored my sense of pleasure in movement after several years of painful contraction.” - Andrea Danzig, Washington, D.C.

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Dear Chrish:
I write to thank you and share with my friends my joy.  For the past three years I suffered at times unbearable pain (neck, shoulder, right arm; cold and numbness of my right hand).  I slept badly and sometimes not at all. I refused to take meds for a long time, but late in 2006 the pain made it impossible for me to not use some aids such as, Aleve, Tylenol, etc.  But, then Angela, a wonderful nurturing person asked me if I wanted to come with her to a class designed to help persons gently manage and relieve chronic pain.  My YES turned out to be the best thing that I could have ever done.  Let me explain. Angela told me that the instructor uses the Feldenkrais Method. “The What?” I asked and she explained.  I came to your class that day and, as we often say, "the rest is history".  Really the rest is, I am nearly pain free; happiness has returned to my life.  I can exercise again and sleep through the night.  I not only got control of my body and life again, I found a wonderful warm person, a welcoming space and methods (Feldenkrais and Bones for Life) that allowed me to regain the confidence that I could and would heal. You are wonderful!

Joy,
Dr. Florence Bonner, Washington, D.C.

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“Self-conscious about my height in adolescence, I rounded my shoulders and head forward. More recently, this early posture reappeared in front of the daily computer. Taking Awareness Through Movement classes and Functional Integration lessons with Chrish, I saw that my shoulders opened, my spine stacked up, I became a better swimmer, a better dancer... and then I fell in love. Was it because of Feldenkrais? “– Sherry Pettie, Washington, D.C.

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Some other students’ comments:

“Doing Feldenkrais I have experienced days without pain for the first time in five years.”

“By learning to move in different ways, you begin to open up and like yourself better.”

Feldenkrais can be catalytic - just a small amount of Feldenkrais can often spark huge transformations in peoples’ lives.”

Feldenkrais is a way to quickly achieve the grace of an athlete or dancer.”

“I look and feel years younger when I do Feldenkrais!”

“I found my voice!”

“It’s the best hour of my week.”

 

Others…

“I have been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy. I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method® can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.” - Andrew Weil, M.D. Author of Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine

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“The Feldenkrais Method is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration and function.” - Margaret Mead, Ph.D., Anthropologist

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“My shoulders were caved in; my arms couldn't move without pain. I understood that my pain and posture were connected, and I tried physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage. Through Feldenkrais, I learned to focus on how my whole body was moving, instead of just the problem. I learned to sense what was right for me, and my body began to change.” - Carl Friedman

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“As an aging ex-jock, nursing bad knees and shoulders, Functional Integration® and Awareness Through Movement® work helps me develop insight into how my body operates and how it compensates for old injuries. With a more solid understanding of “what is,” I can start to make intelligent choices about how I want to move, sit, stand, and just function.” - Kevin Paxton President of Preston Technology, Inc.

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“I was having constant pain in my hand, wrist, and arm. After six months of Functional Integration® lessons and doing the assigned exercises, the pain in my hand occurred only infrequently. The process of change through awareness is something you have to experience to believe.” - Erica C. Christ, writer and bartender

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“As a violinist, the Feldenkrais work has not only sped my recovery from injury, but greatly enhanced my sense of physical integrity, ease and grace—even with an activity as “unnatural” as playing the violin!” - Ingrid Matthews, performs on Baroque and classical violin and is the Music Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra

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“I had suffered with chronic shoulder and arm pain that had developed into severe numbness and tingling. Nothing I did brought me any long-term relief until I started with Feldenkrais®. Through a series of Feldenkrais lessons, the chronic pain, numbness, and tingling resolved. More importantly, I learned how to manage and maintain my body to avoid these problems in the future." - Ruth Nielsen, Attorney at Law, Nielsen Law Office Inc.

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“After years of back problems, the Feldenkrais Method® has given me the ability to remain free of pain. They are by far the most effective and pleasurable exercises I have ever done.” -Joseph Batkin

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“About two years ago, I tripped over a raised bit of sidewalk that had up heaved from a tree root. The jolt caused a disk in my back to herniate, resulting in a tremendous amount of pain and reduced mobility. I eventually had an MRI. The diagnosis was clear; I would have to have surgery. Not wanting to do that, I found out about the Feldenkrais Method® and decided to give it a try. I completed 15 Functional Integration sessions, and was amazed to go from facing back surgery to being pain free.” - Shirley Beieler, Orthodontic Laboratory Technician/Manager, Feldenkrais practitioner trainee

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“The Feldenkrais Method® has allowed me to play pain free golf, without worrying about injury.” - Duffy Waldorf, PGA Tour Golfer


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