Feldenkrais client, Deborah S. shares positive experiences she’s had from having one-on-ones lessons (Functional Integration) with Angel.
– Deborah Shields
— Carrie Lafferty, PT, GCFP, Master Healing Qi Gong Teacher
About two years ago, I was wandering through life as usual, when the unexpected happened. I tripped over a raised bit of sidewalk that had upheaved from a tree root. The jolt caused a disk in my back to herniate, resulting a tremendous amount of pain and reduced mobility. I endured many trips to the Dr., was put on steroids for a time, and eventually had an MRI. The diagnosis was clear, I would have to have surgery. Not wanting to do that, I found out about the Feldenkrais Method from a friend who was currently seeing a practitioner and decided to give it a try.
I completed 15 Functional Integration sessions, and was amazed to go from facing back surgery to now being pain free. I was so impressed with my results that I’ve decided to become a practitioner, so that I too, may be able to help others feel better and have a better quality of life.
— Shirley Beieler, Feldenkrais Trainee
As a violinist, I feel that my work with Angel Di Benedetto in the Feldenkrais Method® has been absolutely invaluable. The work has not only sped my recovery from injury, but greatly enhanced my sense of physical integrity, ease and grace– even with an activity as “unnatural” as playing the violin! I would recommend it heartily to any string player, and indeed to anyone interested in integrating physical movement more deeply into their life and work.
— Ingrid Mattews performs on Baroque and classical violin, and is the Music Director of the Seattle Baroque.
Amazing stuff. I’ve tried acupuncture, exercise, yoga and chiropractic with little success. Now after 4 weeks with Angel and Richard, I feel like I have a new body. In addition I have an awareness of my self that I have never had. My balance and coordination of the body parts have helped in every aspect of my busy life. My game of golf as well as all the physical activities I engage in, such as snow boarding and skiing are improved ten fold. Also, my awareness is so much keener in Karate and Yoga as well.
— Michael Granston, Investor, Retired business executive
I was referred into the Feldenkrais Method because I was experiencing chronic right knee pain. My first Feldenkrais lesson consisted of very gentle manipulations mostly integrating my hips with my spine. I was amazed that so little was awakening so much. Over many lessons, my body/mind began to release tension, align itself naturally and work with better ease of movement. Feldenkrais allows me to move with ease and work as a whole, not as separate parts. It relieves tension, both physically and mentally, and it helps me overcome restrictive patterns. I no longer have chronic knee pain and I can reduce any tension in my self by doing simple Feldenkrais lessons on my own, whenever I need to, which is very liberating.
— Cherie Brook, Microsoft
I began learning the Feldenkrais Method when I was 12 years old. It really helped me gain confidence and guide me through those difficult years. I have since grown up to be an animator. One of the main things they teach you in animation school is to look for and emphasize weight and balance in your drawings. Having studied Feldenkrais beforehand, it definitely reinforced what I was learning in Animation School and helped me be a better animator because I felt movement from within. The Feldenkrais Method has benefited me as a person and as an artist as well. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for some balance in their lives.”
— Ron Yavnieli. Animator, Los Angeles, CA
The Feldenkrais Method and the thoughtful teaching of it by Richard Corbeil and Angel Di Benedetto are key to my recovery from a serious injury where I fell off my horse. As a dressage rider, I recommend both practitioners very much. Body awareness and the ability to use the spine to dynamically place the seat in the saddle are at the core of riding.
— Hermann Lax, President: Hermann, International Auto Service
It’s hard to describe the degree of difference Angel Di Benedetto and Richard Corbeil has made in the way I walk, my posture and my comfort level. I don’t only perceive Feldenkrais lessons as a luxury – I see them as a necessity.
— Sheri Hervey, Vice President, Human Resources, Inc.
As an aging ex-jock, nursing bad knees and shoulders, Feldenkrais Functional Integration® and Awareness Through Movement® work helps me develop insight into how my body operates and how it compensates for old injuries. With a more solid understanding of “what is,” I can start to make intelligent choices about how I want to move, sit, stand and just function. It’s great stuff, well-taught by both Richard and Angel. I expect to be a student of the “Work” for a long time.
— Kevin Paxton, President of Preston Technology, Inc.
I have been experiencing the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method for over 20 years now and have had FIs with over 15 practitioners from all parts of the country. Angel and Richard are among the best. Angel has an insatiable curiosity that enables her to explore my patterns of movement with patience and respect while at the same time creatively introducing me to novel and joyful learning. Richard has perfected his ability to listen with his hands to such a high degree that each session with him results in an exquisitely subtle and profound conversation with my nervous system.
— Lynn Bursten, Ph.D. Learning Facilitator & Scuba Diver
As I prepared for my first ATM I was a little distracted partially due to lack of sleep, because whenever I moved I would awake from pain in my lower back and partially from the persistent pain I felt from sitting on the floor. There was no position I could endure for long. I had to keep moving. I was often exhausted. I tried self medication with predictable results; I was then mentally as well as physically impaired. In the first few lessons I felt like a stick man with almost no flexibility or balance. I was clumsy. Throughout that first series of lessons I got in touch with my body in ways that I could not have anticipated before the lessons. I became confident in my movements and a smile appeared on my face regularly. I had begun to understand the principles of the Feldenkrais Method and how I could actually affect change on my own body/mind. I certainly was thinking differently. As I began to take charge of my body I lost that feeling of being a “victim” and could see possibilities in my life.
One day after several lessons I caught myself jumping down a few steps two at a time. I was surprised that I would do something like that spontaneously when a few days’ earlier steps were a dangerous obstacle. The changes I experienced with those first few lessons altered the way that I care for myself and how I relate to the world. My sleep improved and with more rest an optimistic, confident attitude began to emerge. I use Feldenkrais movements in my everyday life. The ATMs & FIs have been an integral part of my life for the past two decades.
— Michael McNiven, Realtor/Fisherman
I had suffered with chronic shoulder and arm pain that had developed into severe numbness and tingling. Nothing I did brought me any long term relief until I started with Feldenkrais. Through a series of Feldenkrais lessons the chronic pain, numbness and tingling resolved. More importantly, I learned about how to manage and maintain my body to avoid these problems in the future. I feel much better than I did a year ago thanks toFeldenkrais.”
— Ruth Nielsen, Attorney at Law, Nielsen Law Office Inc.