I began my study of the Feldenkrais Method in 2006 with David Zemach-Bersin, one of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ original American students and Feldenkrais teacher for 35 years. I graduated from the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program of New York City in the spring of 2011, and I continue to be personally mentored by Zemach-Bersin. I also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Choreography from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
I have been intrigued by and studying the relationship between movement and awareness for many years. An avid teacher, choreographer, and improvisational mover, I have led hundreds of somatic education explorations to people of all ages and abilities since 2003.
I came to the Feldenkrais Method after a double-impact concussion (sports injury) and a pinched nerve in my neck (arts administration injury). Feeling hopeless, broken, incredibly frustrated, and unable to do the things I loved to do, I was blessed to stumble on the Feldenkrais Method.
Through my dedicated study of the Feldenkrais Method, my pain was relieved within weeks, and it felt like magic! I have now gained the tools to easily eliminate aches and pains, avoid injury, and feel full and confident in myself. My memory and cognitive skills have excelled far beyond my pre-concussion condition. And I am eager to share this extraordinary healing modality with others!
I am also the proud owner and director of SomaSpace, Studio for Movement Arts, located in the heart of the Hollywood district of Portland, Oregon. SomaSpace is a hub for conscious movement of all sorts, and the home to my Feldenkrais practice ~ Move with Ease. For more information, please visit: www.SomaSpace.us
I am also a passionate herbalist. I graduated from the School of Forest Medicine, led by Scott Kloos, as well as apprenticed with Tonya Lemos in the Blazing Star Herbal School. I have loved plants and gardening ever since I was little, and it is a special honor to understand and utilize their healing properties as an adult.
I believe that every person has the ability to learn new and better ways of moving and being. No matter how dysfunctional, broken, chronically hurt, or stressed people feel, I know that a more pleasant, simple, peaceful walk of life is possible. I am dedicated to helping people find an improved sense of movement and self. I am a guide, not a “fixer”. I can shed light and help you find your way. This is my calling, and I am very happy to share my work with you.
I also dig bluegrass music, bike riding, hiking, and camping. I am consistently amazed at the beauty and power of the Pacific Northwest. I am committed to the local, sustainable, environmental movement, and it is a joy to live in Portland, where so many folks are committed to making this a better world. I daydream about moving out to the countryside, but for now, I am enjoying all that this wild, unique city has to offer.