“I have been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. 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.”
“At age 62, nineteen years of weekly Awareness Through Movement® classes with Brian Lynn have long since removed all back and neck pain caused by unconscious holding patterns. The work has also introduced smooth and natural functional movements to tennis, digging, raking, and lifting, allowing for remarkably long, pain- and stiffness-free periods of intensive work and play. The extraordinarily effective movements communicated through Brian are a blend of his own extensive personal research and the subtle and intuitive observations and principles of Moshe Feldenkrais. Together they constitute a unique and profoundly life-enhancing approach to physical and mental well-being, and have formed a solid platform for enjoying my life.”
British Columbia Ministry of Health
Wheelchair to Runner!
I experienced an athletic injury which defied the efforts of twenty of British Columbia’s physicians and surgeons for several years. More specialists at the Mayo Clinic achieved only temporary pain relief. Not one of the “alternative therapists” made a positive lasting contribution, while diet and vitamins had no impact whatsoever. I was still in a wheelchair.
The Mayo Clinic had suggested, “go to the best pain and stress man you can find”. When Brian Lynn said that he would treat the pain by removing the stress, I thought he was worth a hearing.
He explained that his technique, based on the Feldenkrais Method (named for the physicist who developed it) , consisited of moving the body in such a way that it relaxed itself. He discussed the agonist/antagonist response, and I understood that he would harness this response to form conditioned reflexes. Thus he would exploit two of the most basic neural interactions to achieve his therapeutic goals.
After a large number of small, incremental improvements, I am running again. Of course, beginning to run at age 60 introduces its own problems, which we are working through, every problem addressed successfully.
There is no other plausable explanation for my recovery. The gradual improvements, leading to freedom of movement and freedom of pain, speak for themselves. There have been no subsequent interventions after I began working with Brian. I unreservedly endorse Brian Lynn for musculo-skeletal problems of all descriptions.
Terence B. Peace, M.Sc., Ph.D
I am a retired actress and teacher in my late seventies. Twelve years ago, I had been suffering from very bad neck pain and hip pain which were preventing me from looking after myself independently.
I could no longer vacuum my house, nor mow my lawn without going into neck spasm. After several years of going for massage, which resulted in only short term relief, my therapist suggested that I needed to look at help that would have long term benefits. He sent me to Brian Lynn for Feldenkrais work. At first I had a number of private sessions – Functional Integration – and then joined regular classes. For the last twelve years I have attended classes twice a week. I was soon able to perform all the tasks that I had had to give up, as a younger woman, and at 76 years of age I am able to do everything my body is called upon to do for a healthy, and full life. Thanks Brian and Feldenkrais!
Trisha Wainman-Wood Victoria B.C.
In 2004 I had to gave up my healing/counseling practice because I was suffering from burnout and chronic pain. I moved to Victoria and went on a disability pension as I was unable to work.
I had been diagnosed with Post Polio Syndrome years earlier and tried many different healing modalities including Cranial Sacral, massage, acupuncture, energy healing and did alot of emotional therapy around this issue. Nothing made any real lasting impact on my pain or disability.
I started attending Brian’s classes in June 2008. My pain went away in a matter of months, periodically I would have recurring bouts of pain due to old holding patterns.
Today a little over 2 years later my pain is gone. I am still doing classes twice a week as it has become my lifestyle and is much more effective than anything I have tried.
Brian has a incredably brilliant mind and is still studying on a daily basis even though he has been teaching Feldenkrais for 30 years I went to see Brian for my pain but what I have learned is to be aware of my movements and holding patterns through sensory perception. My congnitive abilities and critical thinking have vastly improved. I am much more grounded and have much more awareness regarding my body. I have more indurance, feel more empowered and stronger within myself. I am feeling more confident about aging and am totally grateful to Brian for his giftedness, genius and newness he brings to his Feldenkrais practice.
Kasandra Tayler Victoria B.C.
I started seeing Brian about 13 years ago for pragmatic reasons – pain in my shoulder, stiff neck and other similar stress induced ailments.
In the first few sessions these problems were resolving and I was becoming intrigued by both the ideas behind the Feldenkrais Method, the notion of “functional integration”, and Brian’s broad understanding of physical / spiritual connections.
Brian demonstrated some of my chronic patterns in relationship to “how I face the world” and trasforming these old patterns then became the focus of the work.
I have found that working with Brian has created a deeper personal experience in “embodiment” and this has become an integral part of my spiritual practice. What shows up physically becomes the messanger for deeper psychological, emoptional and energetic levels of being. Working with him at more subtle levels has led to insights and ongoing integration of mind, body, and emotions. Since Brian is knowledgeable of and has personal experience with many spiritual tradtions discussion of these is an added bonus during a session.
I greatly admire Brian’s dedication to his “craft”, his ongoing commitment to refining his skills, and walking the talk.
Rick Ellis Victoria b.c.