The Feldenkrais Method® with Sarah Huntting, LMP, GCFP
In response to the covid-19 outbreak, my weekly Awareness Through Movement® Classes and private Functional Integration sessions have moved online via Zoom! Scroll down to learn more.
Welcome to moving and living with renewed vitality.
Working with your innate capacity to learn and improve, I'll help you discover new ways of moving that give you an internal sense of strength, flexibility and grace.
Fall & Winter Awareness Through Movement® classes!
Mapping the 3 Planes of Movement
A Seven week series starting Wednesday, November 4th at 6pm
(Drop-ins always welcome!)
What are the 3 planes of movement, you ask? Why sagittal, frontal and horizontal of course. What I'm really after in this series is helping you to rediscover and refine the building blocks of all movement: flexion, extension, side bending and twisting.
All too often, it is our habitual self-use that dictates how well we are able to arch and cast our eyes toward the sky, to round not just from one part of our spine, but our whole spine, to turn around ourselves effortlessly or to think of our ribs less as a cage and more like a singing accordion.
In this 7 week series you'll learn how to move into extension, flexion, twisting and side bending with the entirety of yourself from head to toe.
You'll discover which parts of yourself move easily through the action and which parts lay dormant, unexpressed and not involved.
You'll become more clear when your will power and ambition over ride your ability to be skillful and sensitive.
These classes move slowly and patiently, which affords you the time to observe the details underneath the movement. These details are like beacons of light that help you map your next move.
I can't wait to see you in class!
Group Classes Private Sessions
Awareness Through Movement® Classes are a dynamic approach to learning through movement. You'll learn to skillfully use your attention to sense where you get stuck, lost or use excess effort as you move. As your awareness grows, your ability to move with greater precision, power and elegance will become easier and easier.
Functional Integration Lessons are one-on-one sessions that attend to your individual needs. Each session begins with an inquiry into your current condition and what you'd like to improve. We'll explore some of the habitual movement patterns that lead to your current situation and begin a gentle learning process, where I help you find new ways of moving that provide greater support, comfort and ease.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. And, if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
Sarah's online class, Finding Your Stride, was an eye-opening venture into the mechanics of walking, but more importantly, how I walk. I discovered so many things about my own patterns. With minor alterations, I hope to find continued ease in my stride, improvements in my posture, and less stress and pain in my joints. The class nurtured such focused mindfulness on such a mundane activity as walking that it now spills into my daily routine. As a teacher, Sarah brings a studied approach with a sense of humor and a trove of personal anecdotes. She's professional, extremely knowledgeable and generous with answering any questions one might have. I highly recommend her classes!!
"Sarah has an eagle eye, able to keenly observe what’s happening in an individual session online. My knee and hip joints had been uncomfortable when (trying to) sleep at night. Sarah led me through various movements involving my foot and knee. Although I had experienced this lesson as an Awareness Through Movement® lesson previously, Sarah helped me to be aware of ways to make the movement in a more coordinated way. By bringing attention to how I moved each side differently, I discovered new possibilities. Before long, movements of my foot engaged my pelvis in a new way and involved my whole body, even my head. I felt like my leg was floating. I slept soundly with no discomfort."
"Sarah is an incredible teacher and an all-around movement genius. As a Feldenkrais practitioner, dancer and exceptional human, she's able to unlock the magic of the human body. Her approach to Feldenkrais is practical, fun, and seriously eye-opening. I'd recommend anyone to go explore their body from a new perspective. It will help you reduce pain, move more efficiently, and change (for the better!) the way you move in the world."
"When I have a Feldenkrais session with Sarah, I feel like she is sensing the very deep, subtle and articulate ways my joints move. Where they are flexible and where they are stuck. And she very gently moves them and encourages me to move in such a way as to allow me to relax and let go. What was once stuck becomes unstuck and fluid. I begin to feel a connection from one small part of myself all the way through my body to another part. A feeling in my body of deep connection and three dimensionality begins to emerge. As I walk away from my sessions with Sarah, I have a luxurious and wonderful experience of being free and fully alive in my body and in the world."
"Another fantastic session with you! I arrived with discomfort in my shoulder. You started with my feet and then explored the diagonal movement from my hip to my shoulder. My shoulder calmed down and so did I! I hadn’t realized how much tension I was holding until I felt the contrast between how I felt when I arrived and how much more relaxed I felt, even my jaw, after I left. I experienced lengthening my spine and getting support from my feet, which allowed my arms to hang down from my shoulders in a new, more comfortable way. I had a new awareness of lengthening my spine and rolling today when I went swimming. Thank you, Sarah!"
"Sarah is a fantastic teacher who takes you on a journey of bodily discovery, part child’s play, part meditation. She is a fitting guide, knowledgeable, passionate about her subject, empathetic and kind. I always come out of the class moving more fluidly and feeling more in tune with my body. At age sixty-nine, I feel that this class has stopped time for me physically."
"About a year ago, I found Sarah’s class at Velocity Dance and started attending more regularly. For me, she strikes a nice balance between leading me through the movements and yet challenging me to interpret it on my own. Her voice is soothing, easy to listen to. Her attitude is open and encouraging. After each session, I feel taller and lighter; my head and shoulders are stacked more over my hips and feet. My posture feels upright and easy to maintain. The longer I attend, the more natural and easy movement becomes. This seems to be the kind of practice one can do indefinitely into the future, and one that will benefit me even more as I continue to age."
I discovered the Feldenkrais Method while searching for help with chronic hip pain that I developed after a cross country ski trip. I saw Physical Therapists, Doctors and Massage Therapists, which all helped in the short term, but the same nagging discomfort would return. Over time, I started to tell myself my hip pain was the first sign of aging and I'd have to get use to it - I was in my mid-forties at the time.
It was in an Awareness Through Movement class where I was first introduced to the Feldenkrais Method. The class didn't demand physical exertion or use stretching techniques to achieve results. Instead, the movement sequences were slow and gentle and asked that I use my attention to sense how I was moving. After class, I was stunned at how light I felt and how effortlessly my body moved. Coming from a long and dedicated background in dance, athletics and a variety of movement practices, It didn’t make sense to me that I could move so much better after doing so little. To say the least, my curiosity was peeked and my journey into the Feldenkrais Method began.
"The aim is to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works."
~ Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais
Get In Touch
Sarah Huntting, BFA, GCFP
Phone: (206) 852-3262
Address: 720 22nd Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98112
Practicing on North Capitol Hill in Seattle