Joan is a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, licensed by the North American Feldenkrais Guild. Before becoming a Feldenkrais® Practitioner, she was a Certified Massage Therapist and Natural Health Educator for over 30 years. Her training has been vast and ongoing, drawing from many approaches including Swedish, Acupressure (trigger points), OrthoBionomy (joint mobilization), and Reiki (energy work).
Thirty years of massage therapy and computer work left Joan with some habitual postures that were causing pain and chronic tension. She found that various exercise programs and bodywork techniques helped, but weren’t changing deep neurological habitual ways of moving that were at the root of her pain and tension. The search for more effective solutions led her to a 4-year Feldenkrais® training which helped her explore, unwind and replace unhealthy postures with more effective ways to move, sit, stand, hike, garden and do her work.
She loves how the Feldenkrais® movement work leads to more permanent changes in her clients as well—enabling them to move freely and live a full, enriching life. She works with individuals recovering and rehabilitating from surgery, injury, and illness and particularly enjoys helping folks age in place.
Her passion lies in empowering others to take charge of their own health by becoming more mindful and self-aware.
"When we know what we're doing, we can do what we want.”
Our brains perceive thinking, feeling, sensing and moving the same. The more mindful and aware we are of any one of these, it affects the other. When you draw more of yourself into everything you do, your entire "self" functions at a different level bringing vibrant health and vitality.