My Clients Get Great Results.
"I loved my 1:1 virtual Feldenkrais class."
Carolyn chose a lesson catering to my special needs. It was great that she is able to monitor my movements & give suggestions. After our hour together, my stress level had gone down & I walked with a beautiful lightness I haven’t experienced in a long time. I definitely recommend this experience to all wanting to connect better with their bodies.
"Carolyn is a very skilled and compassionate practitoner. I highly recommend her."
I recently had a virtual live 1:1 private Feldenkrais session with Carolyn. Over the years I’ve had numerous in person lessons, and have found them amazingly helpful in improving how I feel and function in daily life. Feldenkrais allows me to move more effectively and pain-free doing the activities that matter to me.
Since the impact of Covid 19 on our lives I’ve been social distancing and thus in-person private sessions are not an option. So, as with everything else from grocery shopping to exercising, I’ve had to look for new alternatives. I’m so glad I did. With Carolyn watching me and guiding me over Zoom, I’ve experienced many of the benefits of Feldenkrais. The method emphasizes how my nervous system can learn new options by attending to what I’m doing and feeling. This lends itself very well to a live guided virtual session. Carolyn is a very skilled and compassionate practitioner. I highly recommend her.
- Janis H.
" I love how Carolyn is able to guide me."
I have been doing Feldenkrais for many years now, both group classes and in-person private sessions. I jumped at the chance to experience Feldenkrais in a new way, with a 1:1 live virtual lesson with Carolyn. I love how Carolyn is able to guide me, and verbally acknowledge what I am feeling and learning during and after prescribed movements. I find the virtual sessions equally helpful as in person work, and I don’t even have to travel for the benefit. I recommend this virtual session to anyone, especially first timers.
- Jason H.
"Feldenkrais is like an 'antiaging' pill"
No more cracking sounds in my neck; no more tight joints; Feldenkrais is like an "antiaging" pill; a session with Carolyn is both invigorating and relaxing; the mind/body balance is a wonderful experience for people who sit too much or think too much. My eyes are more relaxed, my breathing deeper, my shoulders more free."
– Pauline A., College Professor
" It is paradoxical that something so simple and easy has such dramatic consequences."
Holy Moly! I have fallen in love with Feldenkrais. It is paradoxical that something so simple and easy has such dramatic consequences. I am grateful to be working with Carolyn. She is very knowledgeable and has a healing touch. I truly enjoy my sessions with her and am always amazed at the changes and reorganizing that my body does with each session. I also really appreciate the CD's that Carolyn gives out as this provides me with the opportunity to do more sessions at home and I see greater results. Thank you Carolyn for your passion of Feldenkrais and sharing your gift.
- Stacee, Psychotherapist
"I can never imagine what my quality of life would be without Carolyn’s care and guidance for my daily maintenance."
Before I met Carolyn, I had been participating in Feldenkrais for 8 years in Seattle, WA, working with one of the finest practitioners. When I returned 12 years ago, I asked her to find me a Feldenkrais practitioner in the area. She researched her contacts and referred me to Carolyn Garfinkel, who turned out to be a true healer. My 58 years of intermittent physical therapy gave me the knowledge to recognize a true healer.
I can never imagine what my quality of life would be without Carolyn’s care and guidance for my daily maintenance.
I travel frequently, and it can be hard on my body and general mobility. In one hour with Carolyn’s intuitive treatment I am able to be pain-free and feel like myself again..
The ability to understand how Feldenkrais works with my body and mind is what Carolyn has been able to show me. The balance of physical and mindful movement that I have been able to achieve has been a direct result of her ability to reach and treat the whole person. This is a gift of a true healer as opposed to that of a mechanical or a book learner.
This is something that one simply can not put a value on. It is invaluable and priceless in my mind.
Carolyn is that person, invaluable, priceless, a treasure that I can share with those of my friends and family that are in need and would hope for others that may read my testimonial will find the courage to explore lessons from a master.
– Sandra S., Residential & Commercial Design Specialist
"It’s amazing how much better our bodies can work for us, when our brains re-train them."
As I approached your front door this afternoon for my Feldenkrais session, I realized I had no painful sensations in my left hip. Wow. The first time I arrived at your door, about five or six sessions ago, I could hardly put weight on that leg. My shoulders, too, are so much better—no more of the sharp painful shoulders I had upon awakening each morning. It’s amazing how much better our bodies can work for us, when our brains re-train them. Feldenkrais is the fuel that makes this happen. Thanks so much for all your wonderful work! I’m so glad I found you.
- Sally S., Singer/Choral Director/Lyricist
"Carolyn’s clear and specific instructions are very helpful to me and usually lead to immediate improvements which accumulate over time."
I first heard about Feldenkrais many years ago, and then again in Dr. Norman Doidge’s book, The Brain's Way of Healing. I thought Feldenkrais would help me recover from my stroke and it has.
Carolyn is helping me restore my natural walking after the stroke. Her clear and specific instructions are very helpful to me, and usually lead to immediate improvements which accumulate over time.
I have trust in her ability and the creativity in her Feldenkrais practice. It is always comfortable— never painful—and I feel relaxed about the whole experience.
I would recommend Carolyn to others. I’m confident that the person would get what they came for.
- Jon B.
"She guides me through the steps verbally while always being attentive to how I am feeling."
I decided to try a live virtual session with Carolyn because this was the safest way to maintain social distancing and still receive a much needed healing session. I really appreciate
the way in which Carolyn breaks down the movements explicitly and knowledgeably. She guides me through the steps verbally while always being attentive to how I am feeling and checking to see if I was able to follow the instructions. I’m so happy I found a new way to experience the close attention and adjusting Carolyn always gives to her private clients—no matter how you are working with her. I definitely would recommend a virtual session to anyone who is aware of the benefits of the Feldenkrais method, and would like to experience them for themselves.
"Simply put, live private virtual lessons with Carolyn are a lifesaver."
They are very much like our in-person lessons.
During the first few weeks of the Covid shutdown I tried to keep up on my own; however, I quickly realized I would benefit more continuing to work with Carolyn, if now virtually. Carolyn asks me questions as to my current state, and by looking at me knows where the lesson would go. By her being able to see me, she was able to make sure I was never straying off course.
In fact, I think I concentrate more with the virtual lesson, and I do not have to be thrust into the real tough old world so quickly to drive home, just after experiencing the Feldenkrais calm—as I have named it.
For the already practicing student I really recommend the virtual lessons and Carolyn is so accomplished she could deftly handle a new-to-her body client. Don’t let this disruption of distancing stop you from working with Carolyn. Thank you!!!!! I look forward to our session each week.
- Sandy W.
"I have not been this pain free since before my surgery 2 ½ yrs ago."
Now the right hand is pretty close to normal, and the pain I was suffering in my neck has eased. Rather than cracking my neck, I now lay down, and do one or two simple Feldenkrais movements. It just works!
I used to be uncomfortable driving the car after five minutes and now it is not a problem. I’m working out on the treadmill—now up to 27 minutes from 4. Better yet, no more cramping. My muscles stay loose while working out. Overall, my body feels stronger and more relaxed, and my posture is better. I’m feeling more and more like myself. Thank you so much!
- Stan R., Producer
"I am repeatedly delighted, thankful, and surprised by the profound changes I experience from Feldenkrais."
I was hurting and feeling frustrated because of persistent upper back pain when I sought out Carolyn and Feldenkrais. For me, no exaggeration, from the start of the first session my progress began. Attentive and focused, knowledgeable and professional, intuitive and skillful, Carolyn created a safe and supportive environment for me to begin to connect and internalize the Feldenkrais method. I’ve kept with it long since that pain subsided and I am repeatedly delighted, thankful and surprised by the profound changes I experience from Feldenkrais. Only with Carolyn’s unique combination of insight and care would this be possible for me.
– Gabrielle R., Film + TV Sound Editor
"Her instruction style is kind, encouraging and always easy to understand."
Many years ago, I was introduced to the health benefits of Feldenkrais Method. It provided total relief for my lower back pain. Fast forward 30 years and once again, I'm in pain -- now with a "frayed" hip joint complicated with a little arthritis and bursitis. I turned to chiropractic help, acupuncture and workouts with a personal trainer. While all provided a modicum of relief, I wanted something I could do at home when the pain flared up. That's when I remembered Feldenkrais!
I searched online and found Carolyn Garfinkel, an experienced practitioner offering a weekly class in Studio City. I started attending immediately and appreciated the simple, yet highly effective techniques she was teaching. Her instruction style is kind, encouraging and always easy to understand. I soon realized that private sessions with Carolyn would be a quantum leap for me. And I was so right! Once weekly for an hour session, she focused on my habitual ways of moving and taught me how to move in new and gentle ways that greatly relieve my pain. I continue to practice those movements twice a day every day for ten minutes. What a healthy solution Feldenkrais has proved to be.
I highly recommend the services of Carolyn Garfinkel. She is an EXCELLENT practitioner who really cares about helping her students and clients.
– Nita A., Graphic Designer
"Carolyn Garfinkel is the first Feldenkrais instructor I've been satisfied with since my time with the legendary Judith Stransky in the 1970s."
At the risk of oversimplifying Dr. Feldenkrais' work and theories, humans are halls of mirrors, with the emotional on one "wall," the physical on the opposite, and whatever affects one causes changes in the other.
In my experience the most effective instructors employ tone of voice, encouragement, a measured pace, and the occasional sharing of the philosophy underlying the physical movements. Few hit all these marks, but Carolyn does. She frees the gentle, subtle movements of Feldenkrais to do their work, which is to increase body awareness and emotional balance.
I recommend her without reservation!
- Michael J., Writer
"I stayed with Feldenkrais because of the valuable benefits."
I came to Carolyn because of my posture —and I knew it would be good for me to correct it. I stayed with Feldenkrais because of the valuable benefits: I was feeling and moving better. My weekly sessions with Carolyn helped a lot. From our working together, my movement loosened up, and I got a lot of stuff straightened out. My posture improved over these two years, and I did Feldenkrais to prevent future pain.
Truth be told, I don’t like thinking about my body all the time, so I’m happy Feldenkrais made it possible for me to be thinking about and doing other things during the week. Thank you Carolyn!
- Jim F., Software Engineer
From Group Classes
"Great job! I arrived feeling stiff and am leaving feeling supple and fit."
"The feeling created by Carolyn was supportive, kind, encouraging, peaceful and so optimistic. Loved it!"
"Thank you Carolyn! Your calming voice and positive reinforcement made learning non-threatening and positive."
"I have to say you really helped me get back on track with my health program. I'm walking every day."
"Thank you for opening doors for me and guiding me and others through."
"I love your enthusiasm about your teaching. You are a walking example of how to look/feel/think young."