About Eve Strauss
I first heard about the Feldenkrais Method in 1986 when I was still living in Israel: one of my colleagues in the Leo Baeck Institute in Jerusalem where I was working invited me to come along to her Awareness Through Movement class. I was intrigued by the effectiveness of these apparently simple movements we were told to do, rolling around on the floor, discovering new possibilities for a more "streamlined" use of the self, which seemed to carry over into all aspects of my life. Especially after adding some individual lessons in Functional Integration I found myself indeed functioning at a higher level at home and at work, with a clear head and left-over energy at the end of the day.
The attraction to the method was irresistible. I signed up for a 4-year Feldenkrais Training in London and graduated in 1990. I couldn't help noticing that I was getting younger, both in my movements and in my thinking. I also noticed that the Feldenkrais work made me more creative as a painter, and that painting improved my sensitivity as a Feldenkrais Practitioner.
After finishing the London Training I was busy working as a Feldenkrais Practitioner, mostly in Berlin, Germany. I particularly enjoyed working with violinists of the Berlin State Opera House, helping them find a more pain free way of playing the instrument. From 1993 to 1995 I also taught monthly Feldenkrais /Awareness Through Movement lessons and gave Functional Integration lessons to students and faculty at the State Music School in Dresden as well as to musicians of the Dresden Semper Opera.
Among my students and clients were actors, dancers and professional musicians, joggers and golfers, teachers, lawyers and psychologists, nurses and doctors, people of all ages and with a variety of movement difficulties and movement potential.
To continue my learning I signed up for Advanced Trainings with Myriam Pfeffer, Gaby Yaron, Yochanan Rywerant, Mia Segal, Martin Weiner, Mark Reese and Carl Ginsburg and participated in two Master Classes, first with Gaby Yaron and most recently with Jeremy Krauss. Finally I participated as co-assistant in Feldenkrais Trainings in Paris, France and in Berlin, Germany.
In 2006 I moved to Honolulu , Hawaii , where I continue giving Functional Integration (FI) lessons and teaching Awareness Through Movement (ATM). I notice that amateur sports enthusiasts embrace the method as an alternative to the fitness studio or find it a useful addition to their usual fitness program. And after a day in front of the computer or on their feet, my clients discover that an ATM class is a new and pleasant way to wind down and to replenish their energy. I find it very gratifying to introduce people to the Feldenkrais Method, watch them improve their way of moving, and then the way they live their lives, becoming more and more the persons they always wanted to be.