My story goes something like this
In 2001, my kneecap spontaneously broke in half while I was walking down a flight of stairs. Yep, you read right. And ‘Ouch’ is right too!
It was a complication from an ACL (anterior cruciate knee ligament) surgery, and, it was without a doubt the most pain I’ve ever experienced. (I can vouch about this being one of, if not the most painful bone to break!) After this major life hiccup and 2 more knee surgeries, I did ‘everything’ to recover.
Now by ‘everything’, I mean what is typically seen as ‘everything’ from a traditional and Westernized medical model point of view: Physical therapy, exercise rehab, stretching, massage, rest. And repeat. I did it all. It was exhausting. I did it with incredible diligence and care. But something wasn’t right. Although I was strong, looked great, and was seemingly ‘functional’, I was still in a lot of physical discomfort and whole body achy-ness. Back then I worked as an exercise rehabilitation specialist and fitness trainer, and what I would’ve done if I were my own client was not working on me.
Luckily a physical therapist (physiotherapist for us Canadians) I was working with suggested I try out an alternative route. He suggested trying something called “Feldenkrais”. I did and it worked. And after 4 weeks of doing just Feldenkrais and nothing else (that was his deal with me) my body was as light as a feather. No joke.
I remember during the tail end of those magical 4 weeks, surprising myself when I swung my bike over my back to walk up the stairs to my office and the bike wasn’t heavy. I wasn’t tired. My legs and spine had spring throughout. My muscle stiffness was gone and my ability to move and “groove” was 100%! Again, no joke!
Something was incredibly different and amazingly better. Little did I know that that ‘stair-climb-of-ease’ with bike in tow, was the inauguration of what would become my future.
So, I had to go back to the books
And that I did, for nearly another 10 years!
In 2004 I started studying the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of The Feldenkaris Method. It was an interesting time and brought a whole new understanding to what REAL physical function is and how it can be helped, changed and enhanced.
Between the years of 2006 and 2008 I really dug into this work. I taught classes of all shapes and sizes, built a private practice, became very involved in my community of fellow “Feldies”, and even started a project dedicated to educating more people about the wonders and need for this work in the world.
Around 2008, I happen to come across another stellar mind-body modality developed by Dr. Peter Levine called “Somatic Experiencing” (SE for short). Peter Levine’s work was the major ‘a-hah’ moment in my quest for that perfect mind-body combo. This work has deepened my ability to be present with myself and my clients in a way that is hard describe on paper. To put it this way: it provided the missing link when I didn’t even realize a link was missing. I am eternally grateful for this!
Now, I’m melding, molding and intertwining all my skills into “what I do“.
That’s me. And that’s how I ended up here; working with people, blogging about it, and essentially helping others experience all the goodness I’ve been fortunate to learn about our amazing and complex human system! Irene.
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