I have a passion for helping people learn and improve their lives. As a ski instructor of twenty years, and now as an Anat Baniel Method practitioner, I am dedicated to helping my students learn movement skills, move with more ease, and abolish the pain that limits their ability to enjoy life to the fullest.
In the mid-1990s, I worked in the summer as a window cleaner. The repetitive movement of scraping windows caused pain behind my shoulder blades. Over time my scapula and shoulder moved lower and caused my body to be unbalanced. My mother-in-law, a Feldenkrais practitioner, referred me to another practitioner in Denver. I had several extraordinary lessons from which I learned how to walk, stand, sit, talk, and clean windows differently.
In 2008, I had an injury that took me to physical therapy. I found that the process was focused mostly on the strength in my leg and not as much on my overall recovery. I found that I got a lot better when I was able to move in ways that required me to integrate my whole body. Along the way I began to think there was no one here in Summit County who was helping people move better using the brain as the basis for recovery. This is a place where people enjoy physical activities of all kinds: skiing, biking, hiking, hockey, golf. Where better to begin teaching people about integrated and powerful movement based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais?
As a fully certified ski instructor in both Alpine and Telemark, I have taught movement to skiers of all ages, abilities, physical conditions, and emotional comfort levels. There are lots of things I love about teaching skiing: helping people learn an activity that I’m passionate about, being outside, seeing changes in the way students’ lives change as part of the process of learning to ski. As I became more involved in ABM, I began to see how it was a logical extension of what I had been doing while I taught skiing. I found I could use the Nine Essentials to help people learn more easily. In my own personal experience. I have noticed many changes in the way I move, in the way I think, in my emotional state, and in my outlook on life. One of the basic tenets of ABM is that better movement brings about vitality in thought, feeling, and the way the body moves. I have experienced this myself. For one thing, the way I ski has changed. I feel both greater subtlety and greater power.
Over the next year, I will attend the four Children’s Mastery training segments, which focus on children with special needs, such as cerebral palsy, Fragile-X, and autism. Later, I will attend the training that focuses on working with adults who find themselves declining as a result of age or infirmity and, after that, the training to help people who perform any kind of activity at a high level to perform better.
I am enthusiastic about the possibilities of how my work as an Anat Baniel Method practitioner can help you feel better, move better, and change the way you experience life.