Ep 159 – The Feldenkrais Method with Chrish Kresge

Feldenkrais massage therapist Chrish Kresge working on a client.

The Feldenkrais Method is named after the Israeli scientist, educator, and martial artist Moshe Feldenkrais, who explored new relationships between the mind and body to improve his own physical movement and functioning. In this episode, Darren and Kristin speak with Chrish Kresge about developing a refined awareness of yourself through simple movement practices, the differences between ATM (Awareness Through Movement) and FI (Functional Integration), what a practitioner does during a session, and the benefits of Feldenkrais work for both clients and practitioners.

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Chrish Kresge, Feldenkrais Method instructor and author
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Chrish Kresge has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method around the world for over 22 years in places such as the US, Ghana, Morocco, France, and Nepal. She works with people of all ages and abilities, using movement as the primary tool for improving function, self-awareness, posture, voice, and wellness. She is passionate about using her diverse skills and background to help people find their optimal selves and innate dignity. Kresge recently co-edited a book about the Feldenkrais Method, Learning Through Movement. She maintains an active private practice and teaches five group Feldenkrais classes per week in her studio in northwest Washington, D.C. Learn more at chrishkresge.com.

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