Movement and Design
So what do the Feldenkrais Method® and landscape architecture have in common? Besides the fact that I engage in both, it’s mainly all about health. A holistic view of health looks at three concerns: our physical self, our mental state, and our environment (natural or human-made).
These are all inextricably linked, making up the fabric of our lives. In fact, separating them is an artificial convention. Recent scientific understanding of the mind-body connection shows that physically measurable things such as strength, flexibility, blood pressure, etc. are directly influenced by our mental and emotional states. Positive thoughts such as gratitude, confidence, and feelings of awe can physically change how our brain cells are wired.
The converse is even more fascinating; how we move directly affects our thoughts and feelings. Also, in addition to providing clean air, fresh water and healthy food, having access to beautiful nature speeds recovery from illness or injury, calms our nervous systems, and can make us kinder and more altruistic people. Seriously!
And here’s the thing: if any one aspect of physical, mental, or environmental health is compromised, it has a ripple effect on the others. Fortunately, the opposite is also true; by improving any single aspect, we can live healthier lives.
Thus, as both a guild-certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®and a licensed Landscape Architect, I seek to promote opportunities for healthy, holistic living.
As a Feldenkrais practitioner, I work with people who want to move towards their creative potential, learn more about themselves and improve their existing patterns of thought and movement.
As a landscape architect, I design places of respite, bounty and beauty, that foster physical and environmental health by creatively designing public and private outdoor spaces.