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Why Feldenkrais®?
Here are comments from some of my students and clients


"My story begins over 5 years ago when I noticed I was having difficulty walking long distances (I am 67 years old) and I had some pain in my back. Two years later, the pain got worse and my legs started cramping and getting numb. Finally I was referred to a back surgeon. After two back operations my pain level dropped. However, numbness in the feet and legs (like walking on pillows) made it difficult to walk properly and I fell a few times. I also still had the nagging pain in my back. I had already tried several ways to deal with that pain without lasting relief when I read an article in the paper about the Feldenkrais Method and joined Eve's class in Awareness through Movement. These gentle and misleadingly simple movements managed to loosen and awaken parts of the body as well as the mind, and have alleviated many of my aches and pains. I have now been coming to the weekly Feldenkrais class for about 4 months. I have been able to stop all pain medications prescribed by the doctor, since the pain in my back and feet is now negligible. The nerves to my feet are beginning to regenerate, and I can feel a lot more in my feet and legs than before. I am also not walking with a cane any more. The Feldenkrais Method does work for those who are willing to take the time and make the effort to help themselves. I enjoy the class a bunch because I learn something new each time. Progress can be measured in the delight of being able to feel and do something that I thought had long since gone." Wayson C., Manoa

"I swim for exercise and for rehab and I've always counted the amount of strokes it takes for me to reach the other end of the pool. Usually it takes anywhere between 15-18 strokes. After taking my first Feldenkrais class, I went to the pool and swam across again counting my strokes. Lo and behold it was only 13 this time around. I was surprised to say the least and tried to think about what I had done differently. Swam back to the other side and noticed that I rolled to my right. I've always rolled to my left while taking a breath but never thought to roll to my right as well. Without thinking about it, whatever I had learned in class made my movements more efficient in swimming. Totally amazing!" Denise A., Mililani

"I used to sit up in bed at night before rolling over to the other side, because of the pain in my lower back; I don't have to do that any more. Eve was holding out the possibility that one day I'd get up and be pain free - I had given up hope. But I got up one day, and I was pain free." Renee T., Kaneohe

"After being a student of the Feldenkrais Method with Eve for some time, I realize that the important thing is not the quantity (of how far we can push, or how much we can move), but the quality of HOW we arrive that makes a difference. Feldenkrais is intriguing and fun, it changed my life, and that is no exaggeration." Brigitte K., Honolulu

"The simple, easy Feldenkrais movements are so enjoyable. But the incredible part is when I stand up after the lesson. I feel grounded, my neck has lost its turkey skin, and my face has lost many wrinkles. I look and feel years younger and thinner. I recommend that everyone take at least one Feldenkrais lesson, see what it does for you." Sheila. L., Makiki

"When I came home from class my husband said: You look so much better, your back is much straighter, and you are holding your head up!" Clara M., Honolulu

"Eve Strauss and Feldenkrais are helping me return to a joyous and energized relationship with my body. ATM is the most enjoyable 'exercise' I've ever done in my life. I have felt instant and lasting benefits from each session; it is one hour of transformation! I have gone in tired and blah and leave energized and smiling from the inside. Thank you, thank you, thank you." Karla K., Honolulu

"An accident left me with severe back pain, extremely limited range of motion and difficulty even getting a decent night's sleep. I tried a number of different types of therapy with marginal benefit for over a year. I was running out of hope until I read about the Feldenkrais method and gave it a try. I've practiced Feldenkrais consistently for over three years now and it has helped relieve and manage my pain better than any other form of therapy I have tried. I am not sure where I'd be without it." Jason Z., Honolulu

"Between 1992 and 1997, I was lucky that I could learn the Feldenkrais Method from one of Moshe Feldenkrais, former students, Lydia Axelrod. In 2002 I moved to Berlin and was again lucky, because Eve Strauss continued in the same way to teach Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement . It helped me tremendously to overcome my back pain." Anke M., Berlin

"When Eve gave me my first Functional Integration lesson I walked into her room as an old man, and after one hour I left her as the young man that I am. Through her lessons I found my joy of movement again, and I found my self confidence. After joining Eve's classes in Berlin for two years I signed up for my own training, and now I am a Feldenkrais teacher myself. Thanks Eve!!!" Daniel B., Berlin

"Eve Strauss introduced me to the Feldenkrais work. The method challenges you to thoroughly pay attention to your own internal sense of yourself. In the work with Eve Strauss I found my way to something new. In the process of our working together, distinct, positive and lasting changes occurred in my bodily sensations and movement patterns." Ute L., Berlin

"Eve taught me to appreciate the Feldenkrais Method. Her Awareness Through Movement classes and individual Functional Integration lessons made me aware of the many ways to move that have contributed to my physical and mental wellbeing." Anne H., Berlin , Germany

"I participated in Eve's classes for 6 years; I also received many Functional Integration lessons because of restrictions in my hip movements, which contributed to back pain. Eve awakened my curiosity about the way I move, so that I could rediscover the joy of pain free movement." Karen P.M., Berlin

"At age 73, I started participating regularly in Eve's weekly Feldenkrais classes. Whenever I felt particularly annoyed at my back or my shoulder I asked Eve for a Functional Integration lesson. Now, 6 years later, I am still attending a weekly class, and I am sure that my sense of bodily wellbeing can be attributed to the consistent Feldenkrais work with Eve." Gunter P.M., Berlin

"I will always be thankful to you for introducing me to the Feldenkrais Method. The classes and individual lessons have helped me to listen to and understand my body much better, which improved my over all self awareness. And of course I got rid of my back aches." Ute F., Berlin




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