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TESTIMONIALS about free Online audio lessons

Hello Nick!

My name is Erzhi, I live in Bulgaria.

We had a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner here but she stopped doing ATM lessons for now. I’m so happy and grateful for the opportunity to do classes online thanks to your free ATM lessons.

I did all your online lessons, some of them I did more than once. I really love your style of leading the lessons. This precious opportunity provided by your free online ATM lessons complements my own intuitive explorations in the field of movement, helps me in following the route of ease and effortlessness in all spheres of life leading me to ever higher levels of body awareness. Your lessons keep reminding me of the importance of not straining, enjoying, going slowly, resting, sensing, paying attention etc. which I still tend to forget after 50 years of doing the opposite.

I appreciate highly your efforts and would like to donate an amount so that you continue to upload new ATM lessons.

Thank you so much for making your work available to people like me all over the world.

In gratitude,

– Erzhi, 53, Bulgaria

These are really outstanding lessons. I’ve been doing ATM for almost forty years; the use of the feet in your version of pelvic clock [Your Navigational Pelvis], your re-working of the spine like a skewer lesson [The Anti-Gravity Lesson] is outstanding.

– Richard, 71, actor

I’ve been sending my clients to your site for your recordings. Thank you very much. Yours are excellent!!!!

– Pati Holman, Feldenkrais Practitioner at Feldenkrais Milwaukee

Your lessons are fresh; I am drawn in by your creative twists on themes and by your audible smile. I feel so relaxed at the end of the lessons: there is a sense of quiet integration that is unique to Feldenkrais.

– S. Miller

Just a note to say how much I love your lessons online. They are easy and interesting to follow and the sound quality is superb. I always give your site to anyone new that comes to a local class or to someone that has never heard of Feldenkrais.

– Joan

Thank you for your awesome lessons. I love getting inspiration for teaching ATM from new sources and when I searched for Self Hug and Feldenkrais you came up. Very fun variations on the Ultimate Self Hug! My group that came to the free class on Mother’s Day loved it (they loved the embracing and letting go)!

– Darcia Dexter, Feldenkrais Practitioner since 1996

Hi Nick, it’s Easter Sunday, and a lovely quiet autumn day in Armidale, northern New South Wales, in Australia. I discovered your online lessons this morning, and just completed The Periscope. Beautiful. Thank you so much. Just what I needed for my cranky old body this morning. I’ve been doing Feldi on and off for many years and love the way it takes me inside my otherwise externally focused body for a while.

I really appreciated the quite stillness in your voice, the depth of your knowing your craft, and the spaces you enable for learning during the lesson. I live in a country town, with not a lot of choice about Feldi practitioners, so thanks again for making your lessons freely available.

Kind and appreciative regards,

– Yoni, 62, academic

I just did this lesson [Freeing Your Breath, Lengthening from Heels to Head]. Thank you! Bones dropping into gravity, lower back longer and more spread out!

– Kevin Kortan, Yoga Therapist, Teacher, Mentor & Trainer
evolutionaryyoga.com

THANKS for an excellent experience of online ATM. I started today by doing the rare thing of cancelling all appointments due to low back spasm accompanied by a big trunk shift. Took an Advil, iced, and crawled onto the floor and went to open ATM.org and randomly listened to your ATM re bridging [Lifting the Pelvis, Toward Bridging]. One hour later, I have nothing but praise for you dear colleague and this work which never fails to amaze and fascinate and heal me. I’m upright and able to proceed with a functional, albeit much less energetic day. Bravo.

– Carolyn Law, MPT, Feldenkrais Practitioner, Atlanta, GA

I just wanted to tell you how much I’m enjoying your audio lessons. I live in Israel and have been taking local Feldenkrais lessons in Tel Aviv for many years, and your lessons have complemented them nicely.

– Marsha

Thank you for sharing these lessons! I have only been doing this for a week, but I can already move my low back, hips, and legs in ways that I have not been able to for years without serious, debilitating pain.

– Megan

I have a friend with bad scoliosis. She is not naive about that, being a physical therapist herself, and she’s tried many ways to unlock and unwind. Among other issues, she’s said that part of her diaphragm seems “dead.” I told her to try your lesson which sets up a wave between expanded chest and contracted abdomen and vice versa, while holding one’s breath, in which the diaphragm is highly involved. (I had just done that lesson and found that move very weird—and delightful.) [Freeing Your Breath, Lengthening from Heels to Head] She knows about Feldenkrais, but has never really done it; with my push this time, she did your lesson. Three times over the last few days. Big changes occurred for her. Today she says she woke up breathing instead of holding her breath. Also there are lots of “good pains” due to the opening of her ribs, and lung and heart areas.

She’s between jobs and cannot afford to go to classes here right now. Through your generosity, she has already gained important movement in areas that had been locked up. I just wanted you to know that your online efforts are helping real people.

So, please keep up your great work. I look forward to all your new lessons.

– Michael

Hi Nick,

I just wanted to thank-you for the audio streaming lessons .. I have just sent a donation and subscribed to your site. Last winter I was fortunate to discover Feldenkrais ATM with a local practioner ..initially one-on-one lessons and then attending classes until they ended for the summer .. I wanted to continue on a weekly basis so found you with google. I also found many other sources and have listened to some samples. I have to say you are exceptional .. recording quality is excellent…your diction perfect and intonation is melodic .. your visual images are exceptional to assist in learning, for example the chest as a chinese lantern, the pelvis as ink on a blotter, hands over your head like superman .. these images are so imaginative and effective. I will resume classes here in a few weeks but will continue to follow your work as well … Bravo Nick! you do this well. keep it up, it’s a wonderful gift to humanity.

…cheers,

– Farrell Lane, Ottawa Canada

Awareness Through Movement TESTIMONIALS

I found Nick’s course valuable and eye opening. I am a instructor of movement myself, and this was my first experience with the Feldenkrais Method. It was a holistic and enlightening way to engage body/mind/breath connection. Nick is incredibly knowledgeable about his material, clear and concise in his direction, and truly passionate about what he teaches. No matter what your moving and/or healing path is, try his class, it open a whole new awareness for you.

– Amanda Straka, 38, RYT, CPT, Thai Massage Therapist

Short comments from multiple students:

Superbly beneficial. Try it — you’ll love it!

The physical and emotional benefits are priceless. I always feel better afterwards.

[I can] transfer what is learned to life experiences outside the classroom.

[Nick] explains why being aware of your body in relation to movement is vitally important. His teaching style gives confidence.

The class is amazing – just makes me feel good to be there.

After each class my body tells me how happy and grateful it is. There is a buoyancy and looseness that is immensely satisfying. Feldenkrais classes put me in control of learning about my body.

As someone who is prone to injury the moment I walk into an exercise class, I truly appreciate Nick’s creativity and the wide range of options he offers. I have made significant progress away from a therapeutic lifestyle and toward normal, enjoyable movement.

Most interesting was the feeling when I laid down in bed and felt my lower back and hip open up for the first time in a long time.

After just one class I find it really interesting and like that idea of exploring internal and external perspectives.

I think especially the last lesson, on the floor, was responsible for helping me dismantle (once again) the excess tension in my back and stomach.  I had such a nice time sitting at my desk the next day, all afternoon, up near the front of my chair, so relaxed!

 

A few longer bits of feedback I’ve received by email:

I have been looking for more of a connection with my physical body and am finding Feldenkrais to be of help and feel there is also an openness happening on another level; energetic, spiritual, emotional, etc….all of that and I’m thinking there’s even more to come! I am excited to be starting this class with you. You are a kind and gentle teacher and meet everyone at their own level without judgment. Thank you for your service to this great world of ours.

– Mary Anne, 62, retired

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it (and probably didn’t have to), but my right hip has been seizing-up (I feel like Grandpa McCoy sometimes) for the last year, getting progressively worse and a little dangerous on stairs. Things had gotten to the point where shaving the right side of my right leg had become an ordeal as I twisted every which-way, trying to get the razor all the way around to that side of my leg — and I’m right handed! Imagine my amazement when I started the leg-shaving ritual this morning and reached right down and shaved my leg — just like the good old days! I was so excited, I hopped out of the tub and clipped my toe-nails. I could reach them! A miracle! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

— Jeanne, 60, data analyst

A student stopped me after the last class of the summer to tell me that she was feeling remarkable quality of life improvements after only 10 lessons, and that people in her life, from acquaintances to her husband, were spontaneously commenting on her more upright posture. She explained that women in her family tend to have very bad backs and posture as they age, and that for the first time she felt she might not have that future. “The best thing is,” she said, “is that it’s so easy. I stand up straighter but I’m not pulling myself into it, or working hard. I feel wonderful.”

Functional Integration testimonials

Why FI sessions? Taking time to listen to my body regularly is good all by itself – but the real benefits go on and on. More flexibility. More energy. Fewer headaches (and neckaches, and shoulder aches, and more.) The easiest fall allergy (and asthma) season I’ve had in 15 years. More than anything, more awareness of how I spend my attention and focus, so I can do more of what I want, and do it in ways that best reach toward my dreams and my goals.

Why Nick? A wonderful balance of conversation and silence, a willingness to explore, but also to suggest. An external perspective who not only notices what he sees – but also what he hears and feels, and what that says about the body and response. I look forward to my sessions, no matter what else happens in the week, as a chance to stop and breathe and focus on just one thing: listening to what’s good for my body.

— Jane, 34, librarian

So the lessons involve roughly two things: helping me become aware (but without judgment) of the habits I’ve developed that are aggravating my problems, and helping me find different ways of moving that are easier, gentler on my knee, and more graceful…. Unlike massage therapy, a Feldenkrais teacher doesn’t try to complete the process through external manipulation. Rather, he leaves you a little bit hanging, allowing your brain to chew on it a bit and find the best solution. This results in a more sustainable change, even if it’s sometimes a bit disorienting. If you’ve ever left a great massage session only to have your muscles become tight again the next day, you’ll appreciate the difference.

— Sharon, publisher/blogger (read her whole blog post on her Feldenkrais lessons)

I have experienced sciatic nerve pain for over 3 years along with arthritic joint pain in my knees. I was not familiar with the Feldenkrais Method and was skeptical that a treatment so simple and easy could make a difference. Since meeting with Nick I have been virtually pain free in both areas and notice my posture and movement has improved dramatically. I wholeheartedly will and do recommend Feldenkrais to everyone I know.

– From Paul, a realtor

I enjoyed your gentle manner, your attentive eyes, and your knowledgeable way of guiding me to discover my own solutions for helping me improve my comfort. What a beautiful model for personal empowerment and the discovery of internal resources of which I was unaware.

– David, a neuropsychologist

I was relatively unfamiliar with Feldenkrais when I had the opportunity to work with Nick. As a chiropractor who takes fairly good care of my frame, I was curious to see how the lessons could benefit my body. During each lesson, Nick helped me feel and understand the patterns of tension I had created and upheld in day-to-day living. As a result of Nick’s gentle guidance, I left feeling more balanced, more naturally at ease, and with a greater connection to my body. I would whole-heartedly encourage anyone seeking greater range of motion, release of tension, or an increased sense of fluidity and grace to experience the Feldenkrais Method with Nick. He is an excellent practitioner, and I thank him for his help!

— Bari, 27, chiropractor

After just a few lessons I have increased awareness of my body movement habits. I can now consciously choose different motions to develop improved habits that help me move more effectively to avoid muscle stress and pain.

— Renae, 51, industrial hygienist

Nick helped my whole body to work better. The stiffness in my joints and muscles that I experience due to Fibromyalgia were alleviated. I stood taller and walked with more confidence after each session.

— Bethany, 29, teacher

I enjoyed three remarkable Feldenkrais sessions with Nick Strauss-Klein this summer. I have arthritis in both knees and two artificial hips, and I needed Nick’s help to make walking easier, pleasanter and more nearly pain-free. Nick delivered. His gentle touch and total command of Feldenkrais taught me to walk from my neck down, not from my hips or knees. That would have made no sense to me before my sessions with Nick, but now I find myself walking more easily and sure-footedly, with a sense of integration between my legs and the rest of myself. Nick quickly observed the smallest nuances in the way I was carrying myself and my old habits of moving, and, after just two sessions, I could change my gait and balance and find walking truly enjoyable. Nick explained the process, cheerfully answered my questions, and took personal interest and delight in my progress. I have been recommending him to some of my friends, and I enjoy their thank-yous when they have the same wonderful experiences that I’ve had.

— Yosi, 65, rabbi

Each week I noticed improvements in my physical experience. My chronic back pain was alleviated and I was able to move to a sitting position with ease and grace. It had been 3 years since I had been able to do so.

— Aaron, 62, attorney

As of Feb. 2007, a year had passed since I had experienced heart failure and had been hospitalized at NYU… I know that the Feldenkrais classes have made the most dramatic contributions to my feeling better and dealing with life’s challenges with more confidence. I learn to be more aware and gentle in my movements and in cultivating flexibility, balance, and harmony in my daily life. I look forward to many more wonderful realizations and a growing respect for the substance and authenticity of the Feldenkrais teachings as a learning experience in holistic healing of the individual… Thank you, Nick, for being a skilled, compassionate Feldenkrais teacher…

— Mary, librarian

Your instruction in the Feldenkrais Method was instrumental in my success. Whenever I fell into the mentality of ‘no pain no gain’ or ‘more is always better’ I remembered the philosophy of Feldenkrais: that it’s the quality of the movement rather than the volume of effort or work performed which ensures maximal learning and benefit.

— Chris, organist, after passing the American Guild of Organists Certification Exam