English speaking sessions

To all the expat and English speaking people who live in Turin, feel free to contact me if you want some information about the Feldenkrais Method or about my classes.

My website has plenty of original content written in italian, I hope you can access it somehow.
Anyway here I would like to propose a short reading about my experience with the Feldenkrais Method. Please enjoy!

 

MY FELDENKRAIS EXPERIENCE

I graduated in engineering in 2009 and worked for 6 years in the video creation industry. In 2014, looking for help among many to get out of a rather limiting health problem, I came across the Feldenkrais Method under the advice of a friend. I had never before thought about the possibility of linking posture to health, but when I realised that I couldn’t take deep breaths without experiencing twinges of pain in my ribcage, both front and back, I decided to intervene on this issues as well. I wanted to address the discomfort I was experiencing during those months also in terms of posture, I was probably underestimating the many painful feelings I was experiencing.
My experience was wonderful, and although the changes were gradual and spread out over time, to consider them all at once is incredible to me. I remember well that the night after I received my first Functional Integration lesson (the name given to one-to-one meetings with a Feldenkrais practicioner, where the client is passive and comfortably lying on a table, just trying to learn to do nothing, while being moved by the practicioner) I felt extremely comfortable and relaxed, and this ‘new’ state for me made me feel a kind of physiological awakening in my abdomen, with sensations of warmth, as if the organism could finally deal a little more with what the muscular tensions did not allow it until then. It took many hours to get to sleep, but I enjoyed it, strangely enough. 

At the end of a one-to-one meeting the Feldenkrais practicioner uses to invite the pupil to notice differences in the way he moves and stands compared to before and compared to usual: often one feels his shoulders wider, his back straighter, his head and neck lighter, his feet grounded… I couldn’t feel anything, I simply felt more relaxed and calm, and I would have liked to come back the next day. The physical changes, even if I didn’t notice them, were there: a friend who hadn’t seen me for a year told me, after a few months of Feldenkrais, that she saw me taller; but I was still unable to perceive anything new, I hadn’t yet learned to listen to the body. I used to go back to that practicioner once a week because I felt that what I was receiving made me feel good, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. 

I realised that I felt better mainly by looking back, as if the improvements were things that had been acquired silently, and had already become natural; they were not the result of work, or worse, effort, or sweaty ‘results’. It was something my colleagues had pointed out to me at the office job I was doing. At the same time, I started reading Moshe Feldenkrais’ books, learning to esteem him as one of those geniuses who are born at least once every 50 years. While reading his last book, the less analytical and more intuitive one, with the enigmatic title ‘The Potent Self’, I thought incredulously that I was reading what I had always wanted to know and did not even suspect could exist. 

The ‘answers’ and invitations to deepen my understanding went beyond what I dared to ask. Feldenkrais’ synthetic vision was enlightening. It was a natural step to want to enter into learning the Method with my whole self, and after a few months I took part in the training ‘Monferrato 1’ to become a practicioner of the Method, under the guidance of the educational director Mara Fusero. I got to know some of the greats of the Method, among whom I cannot but think of Stephen Rosenholtz, Ulrike Apel, Paul Newton, Ned Dwelle, Roger Russell among others, in addition to the aforementioned Dr. Fusero. Meeting Method interpreters of this calibre was a blessing.

At the beginning of the course I had many pains, from my back (in the lumbar region and the area between the right shoulder blade and the spine) to my right shoulder, hip and left sciatic nerve. In short, I was one of the youngest in the course but I already felt a bit of a wreck. The four years of training were a journey backwards, where all the sprains, postural compulsions, discomforts, inexorably regressed until they disappeared. Each training period gave me the impression of bringing myself back to life a little, and this journey on the path of Awareness Through Movement has been a process of giving back to myself, which has taken place one inch at a time, in which I have witnessed inner and outer changes that have touched me greatly. 

I am deeply grateful to have taken this journey and now it is time for me to turn to others: 
I have dialogued a lot with chronic pain, and from a cumbersome guest it has become a companion, a little difficult to bear, and slowly even turned into a demanding teacher. He guided me to discover my skeleton, how to use it in gradually more comfortable ways, learning to feel it in as much detail as possible and to feel the relationships between the parts, because everything is connected. Practising the Method has made me feel with my skin that it is indeed true that you never stop learning, and I will always feel in a learning process.
It was also useful and fascinating to go down this path because in Feldenkrais, work on oneself can be transferred to others: the transition from student to practicioner was very slow and gradual, and at the same time extremely spontaneous. If it is true that I started the training course mainly as an investment in myself, it is also true that it has given me back to the world – and to the world of work – with a high level professional preparation that I can practise all over the world, and that I have the honour and – may I say it – the burden of practising and proposing in the city where I live.

English speaking sessions

To all the expat and English speaking people who live in Turin, feel free to contact me if you want some information about the Feldenkrais Method or about my classes.

My website has plenty of original content written in italian, I hope you can access it somehow.
Anyway here I would like to propose a short reading about my experience with the Feldenkrais Method. Please enjoy!

 

MY FELDENKRAIS EXPERIENCE

I graduated in engineering in 2009 and worked for 6 years in the video creation industry. In 2014, looking for help among many to get out of a rather limiting health problem, I came across the Feldenkrais Method under the advice of a friend. I had never before thought about the possibility of linking posture to health, but when I realised that I couldn’t take deep breaths without experiencing twinges of pain in my ribcage, both front and back, I decided to intervene on this issues as well. I wanted to address the discomfort I was experiencing during those months also in terms of posture, I was probably underestimating the many painful feelings I was experiencing.
My experience was wonderful, and although the changes were gradual and spread out over time, to consider them all at once is incredible to me. I remember well that the night after I received my first Functional Integration lesson (the name given to one-to-one meetings with a Feldenkrais practicioner, where the client is passive and comfortably lying on a table, just trying to learn to do nothing, while being moved by the practicioner) I felt extremely comfortable and relaxed, and this ‘new’ state for me made me feel a kind of physiological awakening in my abdomen, with sensations of warmth, as if the organism could finally deal a little more with what the muscular tensions did not allow it until then. It took many hours to get to sleep, but I enjoyed it, strangely enough. 

At the end of a one-to-one meeting the Feldenkrais practicioner uses to invite the pupil to notice differences in the way he moves and stands compared to before and compared to usual: often one feels his shoulders wider, his back straighter, his head and neck lighter, his feet grounded… I couldn’t feel anything, I simply felt more relaxed and calm, and I would have liked to come back the next day. The physical changes, even if I didn’t notice them, were there: a friend who hadn’t seen me for a year told me, after a few months of Feldenkrais, that she saw me taller; but I was still unable to perceive anything new, I hadn’t yet learned to listen to the body. I used to go back to that practicioner once a week because I felt that what I was receiving made me feel good, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. 

I realised that I felt better mainly by looking back, as if the improvements were things that had been acquired silently, and had already become natural; they were not the result of work, or worse, effort, or sweaty ‘results’. It was something my colleagues had pointed out to me at the office job I was doing. At the same time, I started reading Moshe Feldenkrais’ books, learning to esteem him as one of those geniuses who are born at least once every 50 years. While reading his last book, the less analytical and more intuitive one, with the enigmatic title ‘The Potent Self’, I thought incredulously that I was reading what I had always wanted to know and did not even suspect could exist. 

The ‘answers’ and invitations to deepen my understanding went beyond what I dared to ask. Feldenkrais’ synthetic vision was enlightening. It was a natural step to want to enter into learning the Method with my whole self, and after a few months I took part in the training ‘Monferrato 1’ to become a practicioner of the Method, under the guidance of the educational director Mara Fusero. I got to know some of the greats of the Method, among whom I cannot but think of Stephen Rosenholtz, Ulrike Apel, Paul Newton, Ned Dwelle, Roger Russell among others, in addition to the aforementioned Dr. Fusero. Meeting Method interpreters of this calibre was a blessing.

At the beginning of the course I had many pains, from my back (in the lumbar region and the area between the right shoulder blade and the spine) to my right shoulder, hip and left sciatic nerve. In short, I was one of the youngest in the course but I already felt a bit of a wreck. The four years of training were a journey backwards, where all the sprains, postural compulsions, discomforts, inexorably regressed until they disappeared. Each training period gave me the impression of bringing myself back to life a little, and this journey on the path of Awareness Through Movement has been a process of giving back to myself, which has taken place one inch at a time, in which I have witnessed inner and outer changes that have touched me greatly. 

I am deeply grateful to have taken this journey and now it is time for me to turn to others: 
I have dialogued a lot with chronic pain, and from a cumbersome guest it has become a companion, a little difficult to bear, and slowly even turned into a demanding teacher. He guided me to discover my skeleton, how to use it in gradually more comfortable ways, learning to feel it in as much detail as possible and to feel the relationships between the parts, because everything is connected. Practising the Method has made me feel with my skin that it is indeed true that you never stop learning, and I will always feel in a learning process.
It was also useful and fascinating to go down this path because in Feldenkrais, work on oneself can be transferred to others: the transition from student to practicioner was very slow and gradual, and at the same time extremely spontaneous. If it is true that I started the training course mainly as an investment in myself, it is also true that it has given me back to the world – and to the world of work – with a high level professional preparation that I can practise all over the world, and that I have the honour and – may I say it – the burden of practising and proposing in the city where I live.