Simply put, I'm a detective with an insatiable curiosity about human motivations and our unique behaviors. I see patterns of fluidity and immobility, connection and dissonance, and obstruction and integrity.
Over and over, I've witnessed first-hand that finding and reclaiming a healthy posture is one of the most straight-forward means to a sense of freedom. Sometimes that means I’m teaching clients to remain in the body and not dissociate. It is so easy to dissociate and not inhabit the self. Other times, I’m teaching about balancing one’s doing, thinking, sensing, and feeling.
I believe we don't have to hurt to feel better, that we can prevent pain and stuckness rather than tolerate or suffer.
I create a space conducive to pausing, reflecting, and making connections between posture and habits of over-doing. Within that workspace, each person reclaims her strength and potency.
Other things about me? I read. I write. I blog. I reflect on the things that draw our attention. Yours, mine, ours.
I walk. I walk and reflect. Sometimes I teach about walking and reflecting. I walk with my dog. Every single day. I love dogs. Very much.
I teach workshops. Sometimes to small groups of people who already know one another, like the department of human services at a small college in Washington. Sometimes I teach workshops I’ve designed and opened to anyone. Other times, I travel to Seattle, or Eugene, or Klamath Falls to teach about feet or posture or breathing or grief. I used to travel to England to the Lake District to teach about walking. I went back over and over because I had a dear friend there and because my ancestry called to me loud and clear. There is something about that part of the world that made it easy to listen.
I grew up in a small town in southern Oregon and went off to college and kept moving. At one point in my thirties, my niece referred to me as her traveling aunt. I prefer to think of my journeys as wandering. I met people and watched their behavior. I sat in coffee shops and observed people going by. I learned we are more similar than we are different, no matter the color of our skin or our upbringing or our geography. I still believe that.
I also believe the Feldenkrais work is more important than ever, as are many other forms of awareness and working with our ingrained patterns. Moshe Feldenkrais thought there was nothing permanent about our patterns except our belief that they are permanent. I couldn't agree more and when I find myself digging in my heels, I ask myself what I'm trying to hold onto and why. Sometimes I'm hurting myself in the clinging and struggle.
Most of all, I love learning. I want to know things and ask questions and travel. I want to meet people who want to learn about themselves and use that knowledge to become more comfortable. I want to meet people who think that is possible.