As a practitioner, Erin will support your nervous system so that you can learn new strategies for old habits. She will not correct your posture or tell you how you "should" sit, stand, reach, or turn. Instead, she will help you discover your individual pattern of holding and tension and she will work with you to uncover stability and comfort within your unique configuration.
In particular, if you feel stuck or find yourself going against the grain (or perhaps seeing the grain for the first time), you might find this is the precise moment to examine habits of movement, thought, feeling, and behavior. Perhaps you want to feel big and expansive when you feel small and compressed, or you want to feel connected to your body, or recover good posture, or let go of the emotional patterns of a bad relationship, or deal with stress or trauma.
Often it's the unconscious habits--whether you adopted them while recovering from an injury, dealing with a chronic condition, or living out your choices in life---that create ongoing physical, emotional, or psychological pain. Erin is here to support your journey toward higher functioning. It is her wish that you come to Feldenkrais to bring balance, health, and well-being into your life.
Erin brings to her practice her personal experience of seeking a wide range of help for her own lifelong chronic pain. After an extensive search, she found that the Feldenkrais Method was the only approach that helped, and it affected her deeply, on many levels.
Inspired by her experience, in 1996 she joined the Feldenkrais professional training program taught by Dennis Leri, who trained with Moshe Feldenkrais. She left her career at a national literary magazine to establish a private practice in New York City, and several years later moved to the UK where she taught Feldenkrais in London. While in the UK, Erin attended a year-long, silent, solitary meditation retreat in rural north Wales.
Erin has a heartfelt response to people who need help. While in New York she served as a crisis counselor for the Gay Men's Health Crisis in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, and she taught GED classes to prisoners at the Fortune Society. For many years she tutored new immigrants at the Manhattan Comprehensive Day and Night High School.
Erin holds an undergraduate degree in linguistics and Arabic from New York University and a graduate degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. She has lived in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, UK, and many cities in the U.S.
Her amazing service dog, Eppie, supports her in her Feldenkrais work. Inspired by Eppie, several of Erin's clients have also raised service dogs to help disabled children and adults. Check out Canine Companions for Independence for more on service dogs.
Feldenkrais is taught only by Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners® who have completed 800-1000 hours of training in a four-year program regulated by the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America and the International Feldenkrais Federation in Paris. Feldenkrais practitioners must be re-certified every year. In addition to renewing her certification annually, Erin has completed over 400 hours of additional training in sensorimotor development as well as run advanced trainings and mentor groups for many years.