In 1987 I became a personal trainer as a way to supplement my career as a Bay Area jazz musician and music teacher (guitar). I became certified through the YMCA as a strength training and cardio vascular coach and continued to take kinesiology, anatomy/physiology and nutritional classes in college. I took a short coarse on Shiatsu pressure point work and realized I found bodywork much more interesting than personal training.
In 1990 I started taking a variety of therapeutic bodywork classes that focused on sports rehabilitation and resolution of complex pain and over use syndromes. I later got interested and studied Osteopathic technique and Ortho-Bionomy classes, cranial sacral work and structural work with Kathy Kain.
In 1999 I was working in a sports rehabilitation clinic and was looking towards studying chiropractic work when I met Dr. Larry Goldfarb an international Feldenkrais Movement Teacher with a PhD in neuroscience. Larry inspired me to enlist in his 4 year Feldenkrais teacher training in Santa Cruz California.
Anat Baniel Method ABM
After graduation I continued training with Anat Baniel in San Rafael, CA and took her 2.5 year basic training + two additional year training working with special needs children, seniors and athletes.
I assisted in ABM trainings after graduation.
I have taken advanced trainings in Feldenkrais and related methods with Larry Goldfarb, Mia Segal, Mark Reese, David Bersin, Ruthy Alon, Alan Questal, Russel Delman, Elizabeth Baringer, Frank Wildman and Jeremy Krauss.
I have taught a variety of Feldenkrais workshops for the Stanford University dance department, Sophia University of psychology, Kaiser Hospital pain management doctors and physical therapist, specialty workshops for musician, yoga practitioners, dancers, actors and theater groups, Judo and Aikido practitioners, golfers, equestrians, bodywork therapist and seniors and classes for pain reduction.
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
In 2002 I began training in Somatic Experiencing with Dr. Peter Lavine, Kathy Kain and Raja Selvam and continued as an assistant teacher after graduation with Steven Hoskinson and Kathy Kain. The focus of Somatic Experiencing is trauma resolution including syndromal pathology and attachment repair.
In 2009 I completed a two year Hakomi Institute (body based experiential psychology program) and continued to assistant teach for two more years. I have completed advanced Hakomi training in attachment theory, character structure and couples therapy and studied with Jon Eisman RCS (Re-Creation of the self). I have assisted teaching a variety of Hakomi workshops at Sophia University and the the Hakomi Institute focused on trauma resolution and basic therapeutic contact skills.
Currently I a student in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Alan Shore's work with Interpersonal Biology and Diane Poole Hellers Attachment & Trauma training.
In addition to my therapeutic training I am a profession musician and music teacher. I have a background in a variety of martial arts systems, dance and theater, zen meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), TM and non-dual inquiry.
I also enjoy medicinal and edible plant foraging and bird watching with my partner and occasionally make short documentary films.
I teach weekly Feldenkrais Movement classes in person and online classes and work with clients in person in Palo Alto, California and online.
Who are my clients?
I work with adults, children and seniors with complex pain and injuries, neurologic challenges and complex syndromes and auto-immune disorders, trauma/PTSD, dissociative disorders and sexual abuse.
I get many referrals from doctors, bodyworkers, psychotherapists and psychiatrists, chiropractors, OTs and PTs that are looking for a gentle somatic/body-based experiential approach for their patients. I also see many clients that are looking for a way to work with difficult to diagnose syndromes, chronic pain and PTSD.