Working with The Feldenkrais Method comes with many challenges and rewards. Helping a person to find more options and opportunities, to change their habits and growing their curiosity are only some aspects of it. Learning to learn takes some time and patience but the results are astonishing. One of my first long term students was struggling with trauma and she allowed me to share her recovering from trauma with you.
Thank you Judy!
Judy’s Feldenkrais Success Story – Recovering from Trauma
“I’ve done over a year’s sessions with Bärbel. When I went I was in a severely traumatised state. She was the only therapist I found who could hold a space for what I was dealing with. I’ve wondered why. I believe it’s because she has a very safe, trustworthy presence. She attuned to me in a very light but laser like way, with kindness and curiosity, no judgment. So my nervous system and body began to relax and open to her suggestions.
Often i would turn up and she would already know what was needed to help me unwind. She made space for my tears and there were lots and yet there was a lot of laughter, which is so good for the body and spirit.
It was not a quick fix, repatterning takes time. But I enjoyed the regularity of her presence and input. It was part of my recovery and I always felt something beneficial happening in my body after a session. She helped me dial my mind down and develop a kindness to myself, a bit like mindfulness through movement.
She always handed the power for change back to me. So I did the work in between visits, even if it was just 5 minutes a day, or noticing when I was pushing myself and choosing a kinder way, which she modelled. She is a generous and intelligent guide back to your body but every part of you benefits. “
The Feldenkrais Method with Bärbel Rücker
After 4 years of Feldenkrais Practitioner Training in Switzerland I am a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2017. Since then I am sharing my knowledge about this amazing method in private classes, group settings and online.
To keep myself up to date, I regularly participate in advanced Feldenkrais Trainings in Europe. As much as possible I am joining the daily Feldenkrais practitioner study-group “An AY a Day” organised by Kwan Wong, San Francisco for my own development. Making your own experiences with this amazing method helps me to stay grounded and to relate better to the process of learning of my students.
Explore the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method with me:
- Online Group classes > read more.
- Online Feldenkrais workshops > read more.
- Tango & Feldenkrais workshops at Tango events & regular milongas > read more.
- Online Private Classes (called Functional Integration) > read more.
An other good place to look for the running classes and upcoming workshops is the Event section of Moving Experience (FB page).
If you want to investigate more on Trauma, Anxiety and The Feldenkrais Method the following might be helpful.
- Video “Day 5 – Anxiety” from the Australian Feldenkrais Summit 2019
The password to access it is: stillness.
The Australian Feldenkrais Summit 2019 presents the video as follows: “(..) The experience of anxiety often consumes our attention to be overwhelming in our chest/head, so Molly Tipping teaches us how to distribute attention, feel the ground and become sensitive enough to notice the precursors to circumvent a panic attack. The physical sensations we get are very accurate, it’s when we ignore them that problems occur. Anxiety is not a pathological problem, it’s just a normal fast physiological response.
Understanding the physiology behind the sensations of anxiety is very reassuring. Enjoy this practical and insightful conversation on Anxiety. (..)“
- Book “Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past. A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic. Memory Paperback – 20 Nov 2015, by Peter A. Levine (Author)
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