LeAnn Brightwell-Feldenkrais Professional

LeAnn BrightwellLeAnn is a graduate of the 1982 Amherst, Massachusetts 4-year Feldenkrais Professional Training Program. She discovered The Feldenkrais Method while recovering from a car accident that left her with severe lumbar spasms. She was getting physical therapy twice a week but the spasms were not diminishing. Since she was a professional singer & dancer and living in Los Angeles she decided to take an unusual voice class while healing .

LeAnn recounts the experience. “At the beginning of the first class the teacher had everyone lie on the floor while he guided us through a series of slow, small movements that I later found out was a Feldenkrais lesson called The Pelvic Clock. At the time I wondered what any of this had to do with vocal learning but at the end of the 20 minutes we spent on the floor with these movements, my back spasms went away & they never came back. That certainly got my attention. By the end of the six week workshop I had fallen in love with the movement work & at the last class the teacher announced that Moshe Feldenkrais was coming to this country the following year to teach this work. Really, it was a “destiny” call. I just knew I had to be there”

She moved to the Coachella Valley (desert) in 1995 & continued her dual career choices – performing & healing until she retired as a performer in 2010. She left the valley for one year to participate in a Feldenkrais mentoring program in Los Angeles after which she returned to the desert with new skills.

“I’ve been doing this work for 34 years now & I am just as passionate about it as I was in the beginning. I have always felt that it is heaven on earth when what you love to do benefits mankind & gives you your abundance. It is my mission to educate people about their neuromuscular health.   Everyone knows about cardiovascular conditioning & keeping your muscles toned & strong but the health of our neuromuscular system is not addressed in our medical model or any physical conditioning system. And without this understanding, we are victims of what we don’t know”.

Needless to say, I will forever be a student as there are new discoveries all the time so “continuing education” is my life.

The Feldenkrais Method® is a remarkable approach to human movement, learning and change originally developed by Moshe Feldenkrais. The method is based on sound principles of physics, neurology and physiology, and the conditions under which the nervous system learns best. Feldenkrais(sometimes called Feldenkrais therapy) is recognized for the strategies it employs to improve posture, flexibility, coordination, athletic and artistic ability and to help those with restricted movement, chronic pain and tension (including back pain and other common ailments), as well as neurological, developmental and psychological problems.

The Feldenkrais Method explores the biological and cultural aspects of movement, posture and learning, and how our habits can constrain us to a small portion of our potential. Through our personal history, upbringing, culture, injuries, illness, etc., we each adopt patterns of physical and psychological behavior. These patterns are deeply embedded in our nervous system, and often become outmoded or dysfunctional, creating unnecessary physical, and psychological limitations. The Feldenkrais Method uses a process of organic learning, movement, and sensing to free you from habitual patterns and allow for new patterns of thinking, moving and feeling to emerge.
Feldenkrais is practiced in two complimentary formats:

  • Awareness Through Movement®
  • Functional Integration®

LeAnn  Brightwell

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