Hi, I’m Špela

a master of sport science, bachelor of kinesiology and Feldenkrais practitioner, dedicated to help you feel amazing with yourself and in your movement.

I’m also curious, joyful and have a big dream (imagine Abba playing in the background :) ).

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How did I start my journey?

I was struggling, first with my own back pain, anxious feelings and ever-present self-critic.

Then I struggled even more working in the health system, where we mainly checked what’s not ok with our patients. For me that just wasn’t the way I wanted to work with people.

 

There are two basic truths about people and pur movement I believe in and which are leading me in learning and working.

 

  1. You are an amazing human being! You have an amazing potential in movement, thinking, feeling and sensing.

  2. You can always improve it. The only thing you need to do is to start!

 

My dream is to help you find out how good you can feel in your body and how good it can be just to be yourself

You really can love yourself! (I’m not talking about selfish love here, but the one, where you’re feeling so good being you, that you love others even more)

For me it all started when I was still training track and field. It was quite a journey since…

but sooo worth the path.

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I was everything but happy with myself and in my body.

 

My back hurt so much I couldn’t stand for more than 5 minutes. I felt as though I had a stone on my chest, not to mention my insecurity.

 

I learned all sorts of therapies. I was teaching pilates, stabilization training and worked in the orthopedic rehabilitation. I was able to do all kinds of “hard” things on stability boards, balls, etc. 

And it did get a little better for some time and then it got worse again and that all over again and again, for about 10 years.

 

I was overwhelmed but continued to look for something that would work. I mean really work, long term, fully work! 

 

Theeeen I found Feldenkrais! 

Interestingly, I love movement even more since finding the Feldenkrais approach, but it’s not the only benefit that I got from the method.

Through finding out more about my comfortable movement, I’ve deepened my connection with myself more than I've ever thought possible.

 

I started to feel so much better being ME and so much changed for the better.

 

Listening to my needs, believing in myself, and even getting more comfortable with my feelings.

 

I know how to be calm and grounded when I want and I get to be happy and expressive with no shame when I like it.

I even started to learn a new instrument and dare to have an edgy haircut!

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So what is the Feldenkrais method and how do the classes look like?

Feldenkrais is the most holistic approach to human movement and well-being, that I ever encountered.

There are individual and group classes. 

Both are feel-good-oriented and are using individuals' awareness and biomechanically functional movements for learning and improvement.  

  • In the group classes, called Awareness Through Movement (ATM), the practitioner will guide you by voice instruction. Through those, you will be learning about your movement in a comfortable and quiet environment. Find out more about ATM classes HERE.
     

  • In the individual lesson, called Functional Integration (FI), the practitioner will help you find your easy movement by gentle touch. Find out more about FI classes HERE.

 

What can you expect after a Feldenkrais lesson?

Do you...

 

... use the same hand to wash teeth, eat, or do other movements on the same side?

... use one leg to have more weight on while cooking, washing dishes, etc?

 

... sit a lot?

 

All those are ways in which the joints, tendons, and other structures in your body are being used in the same way, every day for years.

With some people that can cause an overuse syndrome and pain.

 

It might also happen, that you’ve ever had an injury (even a smaller one), after which you used yourself differently than before. 

 

For example, after cutting a big toe, you tend to walk more on the outer edge of the foot.

 

That of course makes a lot of sense right after the injury, but our brain learns very fast, and there’s a big chance that you continue to walk a little more on the outer edge of the foot (life)long after the injury. 

That might cause overactivation of your muscles and the non-functional movement patterns in your ankles, knees, hips, and even the spine.

That can cause an effortful movement or even a later injury.

 

It might also be, that you’ve had a time in your life when you’ve experienced a lot of stress or emotional discomfort.

 

That might’ve caused you to shallow your breath and hold your belly tight.

 

They're one of the reasons that might cause an uncomfortable feeling of pressure in the chest and throat.

 

As I already mentioned, our brain is very smart and learns fast - also if it’s not so useful!

 

That’s why it can happen, that all those reappear even if you’ve just a little stress or discomfort and cause you more stress through feelings of pressure in the chest,

 

After taking a Feldenkrais class, you’ll learn how to let go of over tensed muscles, discover your non-functional movement patterns and replace them with new, functional ones. 

These are the basis of human learning, so once they’ll be recognized by your nervous system, the easier and more functional movements will be quickly used by your brain also for everyday movement.

 

The Feldenkrais method might strongly reduce your stress, bring joy and creativity into your life and enhance your connection with yourself.

 

Beware: you may get addicted!

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You might ask, if one of the main ingredients of Feldenkrais method, the awareness is really so important?

Did it ever happen to you, that you just could do something new, without learning it?

For me, I was always good when starting a new sport.

 

I »felt« what I needed to do.

 

But each time, after practicing that sport for a while, I came to a plateau and just stayed there. That was it!

 

I had no idea what to do next. My previous logical connection of movements ended there.

Of course! I had no clue what I was doing with my body in the basic movements, so I couldn't know how to continue from there! 

I didn't know what  I am doing wrong, let alone to know how to do it better.

And not only in my movement, I've found out, how helpful an increased awareness to myself can be.

I used to work and train so much! I was tired and moody, but continue that way, because I just wasn't really aware, that I can change it.

Now, I'm being more aware of how much work I still enjoy and when should I take a break. That alowed me to work much more enjoyable and really rest and have fun in my free time.

So my final answer is: Yes, awareness is THE thing!

You might ask, if Feldenkrais method is like Meditation?

Many participants in my groups tell me that in meditation their thoughts continue to run away, but not in Feldenkrais lesson.

 

For them that is the only way, they can stay with themselves and their feelings for the whole hour. 

Many classes are calm and the movements are small, so it might remind you of meditation.

 

At the same time, the aim of the lesson is to learn new, more functional movements patterns, which is a big difference to meditation.

...or maybe similar to Yoga?

In Feldenkrais there are movements, similar to the ones you might know from Yoga.

 

The difference is, that in Yoga you tend to go from one pose to another.

 

In Feldenkrais we do many different, from a biomechanical standpoint meaningful movements, that at the end of the class connect into usually one much more comfortable pose, than it was at the beginning or one usually much easier and more effective bigger movement, than you could do before. 

In the classes we choose movements that most people do in everyday life, so after practicing for a while, you might sense more lightness, ease and comfort in your everyday movement. 

Many people after participating in Feldenkrais lessons for a while feel that they have become more flexible, their balance is better and they feel so much more comfortable.

Who was Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the Feldenkrais method?

He was a really amazing person!

 

Humanistic, holistic, scientific, curious, creative, extremely generous, knowledgeable, doctor of physics, black-belt judoka.

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