I find it to be much more useful than standard physical therapy. I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.
— Andrew Weil, MD, www.drweil.com
David Zemach-Bersin, co-founder of the Feldenkrais® Institute of New York, is one of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ original American students. He studied with Dr. Feldenkrais from 1973-1984 in the U.S., Europe, and at the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel.
David is one of the world’s foremost Feldenkrais teachers and trainers. For over 35 years, David has been involved with the development of the Feldenkrais Method®. He co-founded Feldenkrais Resources in 1983, with Elizabeth Beringer, and the Feldenkrais Institute of New York in 2005, with Marek Wyszynski. He also co-founded the Feldenkrais Research Foundation in 2007, a non-profit supporting scientific research on The Feldenkrais Method. David is a former President and Training Accreditation Board Member of The Feldenkrais Guild of North America.
David is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher. He directs Feldenkrais Method Training Programs in New York City, and Baltimore. He also teaches in programs in California and Europe, and offers popular post-graduate courses for Feldenkrais practitioners. For almost 40 years, David has maintained a private practice working with a diverse population including people with movement limitations, neurological problems, children, seniors, performing artists, and people with chronic pain. David is a Honors graduate of UC Berkeley, with extensive post-graduate work in physiological psychology, and is the co-author of Relaxercise (HarperCollins), a popular introduction to The Feldenkrais Method. He has created a variety of Feldenkrais audio programs.
David Zemach-Bersin lives with his family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. For Functional Integration sessions, please contact: (215) 230-9208 or The Feldenkrais Institute at (212) 727-1014.
Institute Co-Director and Co-Founder Marek Wyszynski is a licensed Physical Therapist, a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a former supervisor for the Lenox Hill Hospital’s New York Pain Treatment Program. He studied and worked with the world renowned physician Dr. Hans Kraus (the pioneer of trigger-point therapy and president Kennedy’s back pain physician). Since 1991 he has worked with people suffering from acute and chronic pain. Marek’s article: A Structured Physical Therapy Approach for Treating the Muscular Components of Chronic Pain Syndromes was published in The Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. He is also a former national fencing champion (Poland) and coach. Marek is the Director of Physical Therapy and Feldenkrais NYC (click here to visit the website).
Sheryl Field, the Executive Director of the Field Center for Children’s Integrated Development, is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and teacher with more than 20 years of full-time clinical experience using Functional Integration to improve the functioning of children with motor disorders. Sheryl trained with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in Israel and in the United States. An Assistant Trainer in the Institute’s Professional Training Program, Sheryl is one of the few Feldenkrais practitioners in the world who has extended the method to working with infants and children.
During her 20 years of experience using the Feldenkrais Method of Functional Integration, Sheryl has observed much greater improvement in children with motor disorders than is currently reported with other therapies. She has recently submitted a research proposal to the National Institutes of Health to test the efficacy of the Feldenkrais Method scientifically. Sheryl is also an assistant trainer in the Feldenkrais professional training program with David Zemach-Bersin.
Mark Hirschfield, M.F.A., G.C.F.P., graduated from the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program with David Zemach-Bersin in 2003. He is a full-time Faculty Practitioner at the Feldenkrais Institute and has taught the Feldenkrais Method throughout New York City. Mark helped create the Alexander Yanai Project, a weekly series of Awareness Through Movement lessons drawn specifically from classes Dr. Feldenkrais taught for many years on Alexander Yanai Street in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Mark has helped clients with a myriad of issues, ranging from back and shoulder pain to eye strain and neurological problems. He enjoys working with students who want to explore the possibilities inherent in the Feldenkrais Method for general self-improvement (physical, mental and psychological), heightened awareness and an improved sense of well-being. For many years Mark was a professional actor and theater director and is well versed in tailoring the Feldenkrais Method to the needs of performing artists. He is a graduate of UCLA and Florida State University, is an expert rated skier and is enthusiastic about sharing his insights about how the Feldenkrais Method can be applied to improving everyone’s abilities.
Joshua Wolk began to study the Feldenkrais Method in 1991 and graduated in 1994 from the Los Angeles Feldenkrais Professional Training Program, directed by Mark Reese. Joshua began his private practice at the Reese Movement Institute in Cardiff, California, where he remained until 1998. He spent eight years studying directly under Mark Reese, Donna Ray and David Zemach-Bersin, while at the same time gaining exposure to first generation Feldenkrais Trainers such as Dennis Leri, Elizabeth Beringer, Frank Wildman, and Russell Delman. Joshua is a life-long martial arts practitioner and holds the rank of fifth degree black belt in Aikido. He served as a traditional live-in apprentice to Aikido Master and Zen Priest, T.K. Chiba, 8th Dan, with whom he trained for five years. In 2007 Joshua was ordained as a teacher of an ancient Japanese meditation form. He completed undergraduate work at Amherst College and holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Joshua teaches the Feldenkrais Method, Aikido, and Meditation in Brattleboro, Vermont, occasionally works in civil liberties law, is married and the father to a son and daughter.
Nancy Gayle Judson, M.S., trained with David Zemach-Bersin and graduated from his Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in 2009. She is a full time Faculty Practitoner at the Feldenkrais Institute. Before joining the Feldenkrais Institute, she taught the Feldenkrais Method throughout the Hudson Valley, NY. Nancy holds a Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, with a concentration in movement education, from Bank Street College of Education, as well as a BFA in dance performance and choreography from the University of Illinois. For many years, she specialiized in teaching young children in NYC schools about how to be better problem solvers and learners with the use of movement exploration and creativity. While bridging her work teaching children to the Feldenkrais Method, Nancy developed a deep appreciation for the connection between learning, moving and self-growth. In her work as a Feldenkrais Practitioner, she has helped many people to gain greater balance and stability improve their mobility, reduce joint pain and develop a greater overall sense of well-being.
Anna Johnson studied with Dr. Feldenkrais in the first American training in San Francisco and has been a practitioner since 1977. As an Assistant Trainer, she has taught in Professional Trainings in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe, and throughout North America for over thirty years. In her private practice, Anna has worked with people with a wide range of abilities, from music & theatre professionals to people with injuries & serious difficulties. She came to this work from a background in theatre and psychology and has great curiosity for how we learn and change. She currently lives in western Connecticut and also practices in New York City.
Suzanne Ausnit is a graduate of the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program of New York. A full-time yoga teacher for the last 15 years, she uses the Feldenkrais Method to help students improve their balance, breath, mobility and overall co-ordination. She has also worked with students to reduce and eliminate back pain, shoulder, knee and hip issues and overall stress. She is passionate about teaching people how to actively incorporate the Feldenkrais Method into their daily lives so that they can be the “best” they can be.
She was an editor and journalist for 25 years, writing about health, food and travel. A graduate of Duke University with a major in comparative literature, Suzanne speaks French, Italian and Russian.
Emily Davis is a FGNA Certified Feldenkrais teacher with an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of California, Davis, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Emily Davis discovered the Feldenkrais Method while studying performance and found that it improved not only her acting but also her imagination, spontaneity and ability to go beyond physical boundaries. She became a Feldenkrais Practitioner to continue that improvement of her art and to share the pleasure and expansive possibilities of the method with others.
Belinda grew up in Singapore and earned a degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore before moving to New York City to pursue her passion in dance. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA in Dance and performs, choreographs and teaches dance in New York City.
Belinda was the Administrative Director of the Feldenkrais® Institute from 2011 to 2013, where she also taught weekly Awareness Through Movement® lessons. After a year away, she is now a faculty practitioner, continuing to teach group and private sessions. She enjoys utilizing her understanding of the human body in movement culled from her practices of dancing and choreography in her practice of the Feldenkrais Method®.
Janin Gunderman, BSN, RN, NP, MS; trained with David Zemach-Bersin and graduated from his Feldenkrais Professional Training program in June 2013. Janine holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from William Paterson College in Wayne, NJ and a Masters of Science from Columbia University in the area of Adult Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health. She worked as an RN and Nurse Practitioner in a variety of nursing positions including the Peace Corps, Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units and Adult Medicine Walk In Clinic in North Central Bronx Hospital. Since graduating the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program she has worked part time as a teacher for the Feldenkrais Foundation and assistant to the director of the Feldenkrais Foundation. Currently she is a part time practitioner at the Feldenkrais Institute.
Connie Rotunda, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM, trained with David Zemach-Bersin. She holds an MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. A professional actor and director, she has worked regionally and Off Broadway, created and performed sketch comedy with Alarm Dog Rep, as well as performed and taught as a guest artist. Ms. Rotunda has taught Feldenkrais workshops and classes in a variety of settings throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, actor movement workshops at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, the Metro Playhouse and the Northeast Theatre Conservatory. Formerly the Lead Teacher of Movement at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Connie currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Theatre Arts Department at the State University of New York, New Paltz.
Anastasi Siotas graduated from the Sydney, Australia, Feldenkrais Professional Training in 1992, and has had a private practice in New York City since 1997. His professional experience includes working as a researcher in cell biology and later as a modern dancer, choreographer and director in Australia. He was the Director of Dance at the Theatre Department of the University of Melbourne, where he was awarded Honors in Science, before completing Masters Degrees in both Education and Dance. Anastasi has continued his studies with Irene Dowd in Kinesthetic Anatomy and at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute, where he has become a Certified Movement Analyst and has taught Anatomy and Kinesiology for the past seven years. He also teaches Experiential Anatomy at the Eugene Lang College of New School University. In addition to his private practice in Manhattan, Anastasi works as an Assistant Trainer for Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs directed by David Zemach-Bersin in New York City and Baltimore, MD. He regularly teaches advanced training workshops and mentoring for Feldenkrais teachers and is a Senior Trainer of Ruthy Alon’s Movement Intelligence programs.
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Tune Up Your Yoga
– Sunday, May 7
Singing for Life
– Sunday, May 7
Feldenkrais & Emotional Health
– Tuesday, May 9
Feldenkrais Festival New York
– Sunday, May 14
Improving Your Posture with David Zemach-Bersin
– Sunday, May 21
I believe Marek Wyszynski's extraordinary (and usually unspoken) fluency in anatomy and physiology facilitate his lucid teaching of self awareness, self-correction and efficiency of movement — the Feldenkrais technique.
- George Green, M.D., Professor of Clinical Surgery, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons
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As a neuroscientist interested in the development and plasticity of the nervous system, it is gratifying to see how the Feldenkrais Method demonstrates these principles. The Feldenkrais Method has also greatly improved my personal quality of life — physically and emotionally — by reducing the restrictions and limitations I thought were permanent due to multiple sclerosis.
- Maria Luskin, Professor Emory University Medical School