"What brought you to the Feldenkrais Method?"
I get asked that a lot. I came to the Feldenkrais Method at first as a young singer. Studying vocal performance at a prestigious school, I was certain I was destined to be an opera singer. I was young, and full of dreams and ambition.
I also had intense back pain, and regularly had to rest for days at a time before I could walk without intense pain.
Now, I was utilizing the Feldenkrais Method in my voice lessons with Carol McAmis (also a GCFP), and had experienced just how effortless singing could be. When I uncovered, bit by bit, a physical organization that was more efficient, my sound blossomed!
It felt awesome! Powerful. Effortless.
As a singer, I was hooked.
But that's not what lead me to become a practitioner myself.
No, my journey to study with David Zemach-Bersin at what would be come the Feldenkrais Institute of New York began in the midst of one of those back spasms.
I had just graduated from college with a ton of student loan debt. I had a music degree, and like any good musician, was working as a waitress by night and a barista by day to pay the bills. I had no health insurance, and I threw my back out.
I couldn't move.
And if I couldn't move, I couldn't work. And if I couldn't work, those student loans... you know where this is going.
I called Carol for help.
She gave me an Functional Integration session and by the end, I could walk again. I was amazed. I was also certain I would learn to do that magical thing Carol did for me.
So I did. I finished my training program in 2006, graduating with the New York 1 class. Since then, with many many Advanced Trainings, and intensive study and clinical observation with Sheryl Field, I too have learned to have "magic hands" and strive to put them to good use.
The bottom line is that I love helping people feel better.
I love that my knowledge of herbal medicine and anatomy allow me to support my clients lead healthier, more functional lives.
My life would not be complete without it. I love what I do. I hope you do too!
To read a more "official" sounding bio that talks about my training and all places I have been honored to teach, go ahead and Meet Sharon.