What keeps you from living your best life?
Pain from a chronic condition or injury? Difficulty with mood or relationships? Patterns of thought or behavior that are less than functional?
Are you ready to change that?
Anne-Elizabeth Straub is a Clinical Social Worker and as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®. She has been a Social Worker for more than thirty years and a Feldenkrais Teacher® for twenty.
She uses the learning, insights and sensibilities of each discipline to inform and strengthen the other in order to help you to improve your function and your life.
Her private practice comprises psychotherapy, the Feldenkrais® practice and a consultancy on disability/health issues.
In 1987, she established a private practice in Psychotherapy where she provided information and referral services, psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, families and groups, along with consultant and public speaking services delivered to a number of organizations and community groups.
In the process of dealing with her own health and disability issues, she became an experienced consumer advocate on those issues and shared that information with clients.
She also became familiar with the Feldenkrais Method®. She found it so helpful and intriguing that she decided to become a practitioner. She graduated from the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program® in 1994, at which time she added aspects of the Feldenkrais® to her practice.
What is Feldenkrais®?
The Feldenkrais Method® is a system of sensory motor learning which uses gentle movement
sequences and focused but mobile attention to increase awareness,improve function, increase grace
and ease of movement and reduce pain and stress.
It is named for its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais.
Although his academic training was in engineering and physics, his interests were wide-ranging,
including a mastery of judo. As a result of a sports injury, he suffered severe knee pain. Feldenkrais developed his Method® to learn to move without pain, and then went on to teach it to others.
The trainings continue around the world, as do classes in AwarenessThrough Movement®,
the verbally guided aspect of the Method® and in Functional Integration®, the hands on, one-to-one aspect
of the Feldenkrais Method®.
What can I expect at a lesson?
At an Awareness Through Movement® lesson, the student usually lies on the floor on a mat (though there are some lessons given sitting or standing), dressed in regular, unrestrictive clothing. The practitioner guides the student verbally through a sequence of gentle movements which relate to a variety of functions, such as bending, turning, reaching, walking. The student does the movements in his or her range of comfort and begins to notice the way he or she usually does the movement and what makes it easier or more difficult. Gradually, by means of many variations, other options for movement are introduced and incorporated making the individual movements easier and the overall functioning smoother and easier as well.
In a Functional Integration® lesson the student usually lies on a padded table while the practitioner uses his or her hands to move the person and, through touch, to provide information to the student on posture and movement which might be unfamiliar.
What kind of people "do" Feldenkrais®?
Singers, dancers, plumbers,
writers, computer operators, actors, corporate managers, homemakers,
moms, dads, health care professionals...
People who want to enhance their self-awareness
People who want to improve their ability to move gracefully
People who want to increase their energy and reduce fatigue and stress
People who want to perform better
People who want to move without pain
People just like you !
Where and When can I come to class?
Feldenkrais® Center of Park Slope
426 Fourth Avenue (between7th and 8th Sts.)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
There is currently one scheduled Awareness Through Movement® class
held at the Feldenkrais® Center of Park Slope:
Tuesday 3:00PM to 4:00 PM
Classes are added as required.
(Other practitioners have classes on other days and times)
However, class days and times are subject to change, so please call or email before coming to class for the first time.
Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® lessons are arranged by appointment.