Shannon' s Story

Slowly but surely over a one year period I went from avidly rock climbing, skiing, and cycling to chronic, disabling pain. It started slowly with little signals like tingling in my hands, shooting sparks, pain in my arms and neck to full-on life stopping, excruciating pain. I had no idea what was causing the pain or how to stop it.

I tried many, many conventional and alternative treatments and modalities with little success. Until one day I tried a technique new to me, something with a strange name I didn't know how to pronounce, Felden-something or another. The practitioner led me to a low table and had me lie down fully clothed. She began to move me in a way I hadn't moved in years, maybe ever. I had no idea what she was doing, but it felt better than anything I'd known for a long time.

Over the next several months I began a process of feeling myself again in a way I had forgotten since childhood. I began to learn ways of moving that reduced my pain, required less effort, and made me feel more alive. I learned to recognize how I was posturing and moving myself that was putting stress on my muscles and joints and causing me pain.

Now, seven years later, I use the Feldenkrais Method to help me improve my rock climbing, skiing, hiking, cycling, and business operations. The Feldenkrais Method not only helped me regain my functioning, but helped me learn to better organize my self, my activities, and my career.

Feldenkrais Training

I am a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, licensed by the North American Feldenkrais Guild. I completed the Guild's four-year training under my Educational Director Denis Leri, who apprenticed with Dr. Feldenkrais in Tel Aviv, Israel. I have also completed over 200 additional hours of study and mentorship in the Feldenrkais Method with other Certified Feldenrkais practitioners.

Other Education and Experience

Before teaching Feldenkrais, I worked as a health program coordinator and educator for seven years and prior to that as an analyst in the health and financial sectors for thirteen years.   I received my B.S. in finance and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado.  

My work as a Feldenkrais practitioner is greatly influenced by my previous experiences. Through my work as an educator I learned the art of motivating people and facilitating them through their own learning process. My analytical skills have given me the ability to process the information my clients bring. The mental clarity, balance, and agility necessary in my sports has given me the skill-set to help my clients reach new heights.

I continue to complete advanced trainings in the Feldenkrais Method each year.

Sessions in Denver are offered at:
A Living Arts Centre
http://www.alivingartscentre.com/
located at 2231 South Platte River Drive
(off of Evans and Sante Fe)
Denver, CO, 80223.
Phone: 720.220.2180  OR  303.274.7837

 

"All the pirouettes in the world, all the spectacular feats cannot impress me as much as a simple movement that originates from a deep feeling of aliveness and understanding of the miracle of the human body."
- Frances Becker

Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the movement and you improve the quality of life itself."
- Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais