and The Feldenkrais Method
I had the pleasure of being introduced to Feldenkrais by Patricia Wahl. I had developed a fear of falling and since I suffer with both vertigo and arthritis, I was not looking for a gym or true “exercise” program, but rather a way to move in such a way that I would be more confident and perhaps flexible.
Patricia is a wonderful guide in learning Feldenkrais, a program that increases the practitioner’s awareness of movement. She is a great listener and tailors each of the sessions to her client’s capabilities and needs. As a result of the time I spent with Patricia, my posture improved, my awareness of how I hold my body at rest or in movement increased, and I now have a safe and comfortable way to get up and down from the floor. I would recommend that if you are interested in learning the Feldenkrais method, you contact Patricia and work with her. I think you will be pleased.
Patricia Wahl was recommended to me by my physical therapist as I was recovering from a shoulder injury. Patricia, having trained in physical therapy, was very knowledgeable about how the body functions, as well as being an expert at yoga and other forms of exercise. I worked with her for several years, until she took some time off to become a mother. She also introduced me to the Feldenkrais Method. Her soothing manner and whole person approach not only helped me to recover from my injury, but also enabled me to build strength, stamina and proper body alignment. Patricia was a pleasure to work with, and I was very sad when she moved away from Manhattan. - Brigid M.
"Over the years, I have tried physical therapy and acupuncture for my chronic neck and back pain, but it was the unique approach of The Feldenkrais Method that gave me long lasting change. I appreciate that it's approach is gentle and not forceful, I feel calmer and more relaxed after a Feldenkrais session. Patricia Wahl helped me to become aware of the connection of how my movement was contributing to my discomfort."
-Joy Taylor, Nurse Practitioner
“The Feldenkrais Method has allowed me to play pain free golf, without worrying about injury.” -Duffy Waldorf, PGA Tour Golfer
“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
"In order to change our mode of action, we must change the image of ourselves that we carry within us." -Moshe Feldenkrais