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Ernie Adams, GCFP

In 1976, I was a young modern dancer seeking to become part of the performing arts scene in San Francisco. I was looking for any way I could find to give me a competitive edge and open up my dance ability. I tried Rolfing, Yoga, Chiropractic, studied anatomy, and danced as much as I could. I felt stronger and healthier, yet my fundamental dance ability had not improved. One day my anatomy teacher told me about a “gentle” approach, called Feldenkrais that might help me develop my potential as a dancer. I was skeptical, but willing to try.

The lessons were deliciously slow and required very little effort. I felt for the first time how hard I had been pushing myself and realized I could not resolve my problem through applying more will power. I had become locked into using my body in certain habitual patterns that were limiting and sabotaging my ability. Somehow I had to find a way to use my body more intelligently and effectively. The Feldenkrais® lessons created a space where I could feel and explore ways of relating to my body that I had not considered before. They expanded the kinesthetic senses of my body, and I began to recognize I had choices and could change the way I used my body. It was exciting and empowering.

During the next few months my dancing “magically” became more expressive, more graceful, and more fun. Within a year I was performing and touring nationally with the highly acclaimed improvisational dance company, Mangrove. It was the beginning of a long and rewarding dance career. I became a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® in 1993.