What if it’s possible to move with greater ease?
Do you want to move but have lost your groove?
Are you ready to be more physically free?
Think about how you once moved. Is it different today after your accident, injury or chronic misuse of your body? You don’t have to accept or adjust to limited function. Moving with ease is essential to your vitality. Learn how to listen to your body and find freedom. Untangle the emotions that limit your freedom of motion. Together we can restore and reconnect you and your vitality.
Reclaim your body’s birthright to move with ease
Together we will restore and reconnect you to your vitality
Learn how to listen to your body and find freedom
Untangle the emotions that limit your freedom of motion
Together we can do it…
Adults: Unresolved old injuries, chronic pain and aches, repetitive stress injury, after falling / auto accident
Active: Ready to go back to dance, hike, bike, ski or improve performance
Women’s Health: Pre/post natal, mastectomy, incontinence
Neurological Challenges: Cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, strokes, brain surgery and traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis
Seniors: Reconstruct functional mobility, balance, gait and fall prevention
Infants: developmental delays, genetic disorders
Children: Balance, posture, lack of agility, poor coordination, overactivity or behavioral challenges
Teens: Enhancing current abilities in athletics or the arts, genetic and chronic diseases (Lyme’s, Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome)
Making the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.
Ilana Nachoum has been a Feldenkrais teacher and physical therapist for more than 30 years. Ilana is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® (GCFP), trained with Anat Baniel, Registered and Licensed Physical Therapist, Core specialist in training Masgutova Method for Neuro Sensory Motor Reflex Integration (MNRI), and is trained in the Hakomi method and Biofield Tuning, a form of sound healing. She integrates Somatic-Attachment-Shamanic therapy, based on Hakomi, AEDP, Sound Healing, and Meditation.
As a wise, experienced, and creative therapist, Ilana works with a wide variety of patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each patient is unique and receives progressive sessions. Many patients who have exhausted other options to find pain relief are able to gain awareness and empowerment to enjoy their long forgotten physical abilities.
In the mid1980s, Ilana’s debilitating back pain inspired her to discover the versatile uses of Foam rollers as an exercise apparatus. Ilana’s international seminars and instructional videos on the application of the Foam rollers to rehabilitation, educated over a thousand movement therapists and helped thousands of people to ease their pain and improve their posture. Ilana has been a guest instructor at Rancho La Puerta, Mx. since 1995, and in private practice in Marin County.
When Ilana isn’t working with her clients she is a devoted student of the art of being human, while traveling, hiking, dancing, and playing with children.
Not only did I gain more function with my arm, I also learned to hear when my body talks to me.
– KS, age 50, frozen shoulder
I didn’t expect that regular practice with Ilana would actually eliminate my need for pain medication.
– age 70 , after unsuccessful total knee replacement
Ilana helped me to see how my pain and muscular holding patterns represented an outdated self-image.
– Stacey, repetitive strain injury
Each time I become aware of the tension, I use the tools I got from Ilana, and the music flows.
– Heidi, violinist with the San Francisco Opera, suffered from acute tendonitis
Ilana’s Career Highlights
Mid-1980s Developed and pioneered the therapeutic use of the Foam Roller
1988 – 2006 Taught workshops and classes throughout the USA and abroad to the public, physical therapists, and other health professionals about the clinical application of the use of the Roller
1992 Completed the 4-year Feldenkrais training program which has been the foundation of her work always continuing to learn about and understand the complex human condition
2006 Studied and practiced the works of Svetlana Masgutova and Anat Baniel, which allowed her to specialize in working with infants and children
2010 Integrated Hakomi and “Somatic Experience touch” into the healing process when trauma interferes with physical healing
Dear new client,
I am so delighted to welcome you to my practice. I see my work as a sustaining healing art; I am an artist of the whole body and our work together is an art project.
On the journey to reclaim your birth right to move with ease we will focus on your:
- Functional ability rather than your structural pathology
- Intelligent and integrative muscle work rather than isolated muscles weakness or strength.
I specialize in mysterious and unresolved issues related to surgery, trauma or illness, assisting in recovery and prevention of further impact.
In the sessions we MAY travel on the physical, emotional and spiritual level…
At times you may feel hopeful and engaged, other times you might notice confusion and uncertainty. The way to reclaim yourself is a winding and sometimes challenging road; I will support you to stay on your path.
I will address any element that might be in the way to get there.
What to Expect
Each session will be passive or active depending upon your underlying needs.
Passive: You are on a treatment table fully dressed (please, wear loose, soft fabric clothing). With my hands I will move you passively and help you to experience your body from the inside out.
Active: I will direct you verbally for simple and mindful movements that will bring awareness and ease of function. I will teach you how to function efficiently and remind you to use mind and body as they were intended.
Working with Ilana regularly brought me to a place that is better than I was before my accident. -AW, age 50, writer 2 years after car accident
As Ilana addressed my incontinence, I could play tennis and hike without the familiar stiffness and pain in my hips.
– KM, age 40
Thank you for assisting me to be more functional and independent these last 3 months. I had been working with Doctors, Chiropractors and Physical Therapists for over a year in dealing with a pinched nerve in my back. I had tests, injections, epidurals, manipulations, etc., and my condition was still deteriorating. I was at the point where, if I sat down for more than 15 minutes, I would have to lie down for the rest of the day or take the risk of falling down. From my first visit with you, my back has been more stable and the incidence of pain and the intensity of the pain have decreased. I am now working consciously with my body and applying “neurological diplomacy” with the area of discomfort. This concept and practice really works! You have a direct, friendly and professional approach that comes only with experience and the results with me are proof of this. – Tim Driscoll, age 70, low back pain with sciatica
I feel HOPEFUL after my first session with Ilana, I was actually able to do things I had never done before. Before this session I had no access to the movement, now after this work I can mentally access the movement. I feel empowered and like I have come out of the dark -KS, age 45, persistant frozen shoulder
I found Ilana very knowledgeable, conscientious, empathic, and intuitive…. I have referred several of my patients to her, who have, likewise, greatly benefitted from her skill, knowledge, and usefulness. –Mark Swoiskin, MD
Before I met Ilana, I was jumping from appointment to appointment, looking for the right doctor/therapist with the right treatment or protocol for me. I spent over a year trying out new methods of treatment: acupuncture, cranial chiropractic work, different types of massages, physical therapy, aquatic physical therapy, …Ilana deals with the body in a wholesome way that has given me a new understanding of holistic medicine... now that I look back at the first weeks to months of working with ilana, I am astonished by my progress ..…Ilana makes sure not to force you through anything. Instead, you learn to work with (and not against, as I cannot more strongly urge) your body toward a place of healing.
–SB, age 17, Lyme disease
I am a Pilates instructor and i used to wake up each morning with sever pain, ilana helped me to changes the way i move and my morning are pain free. –Judi, age 50, Pilates instructor
Please contact us to discuss offering any of these workshops below at your location.
WORKSHOP 1: BODY WISDOM – FELDENKRAIS CLASS
Flow of movement is our birthright, studying and experiencing movement’s barriers can change our brain and enhance our life. Feldenkrais lessons are for those who are curious about movement and anyone who would like to upgrade their movements challenges. The lessons are intimate explorations, you will follow verbal guidelines and be encouraged to move at your own pace. The gentle movements, done S L O W L Y and M I N D F U L L Y , intend to bring your attention to your OWN personal experience.
- Free your joints, spine and expand your inner space
- Improve your challenging or impossible yoga poses
- Ease in organic posture
- Upgrade your abilities in walk, dance, sports
- Balance becomes easy
- Calm your nervous system – distress
- Remove the obstacle from the flow of movements
- Become your own teacher
WORKSHOP 2: BEYOND PAIN
the gift of brain plasticity, a mindful movement journey through pain
Being with pain has the price tag of avoiding movement and therefore tremendously reduces the quality of life. The fear of pain becomes the silent inner motivator that subconsciously creates limiting habits. The limiting habits reduce the potential full functional of motion and can be the very cause of the ongoing chronic pain. This is the way brain functions, yet, with mindful intervention there is a way out to find a pain free life.
Ease in your daily movement is essential for personal, social and economical wellbeing. Together we will learn how to find alternative ways to move beyond the limiting habitual patterns. All of this happens as we experience subtle movement m-i-n-d-f-u-l-l-y.
In this workshop we will work towards reclaiming ease in motion, as we arouse the curious nature of our inner scientist/detective to acknowledge the impact of the fear of pain. Our limiting habits will become obvious. As we listen to our inner dialog while we move, we will create and cultivating a new supportive and encouraging inner guide.
WORKSHOP 3: ROLLERS THAT DON’T ROLL
Find your groove with your (forgotten) Foam Roller
A therapeutic approach to somatic reorganization
There are many uses of the foam roller, besides a rolling pin to knead out achy muscles or a back stretcher!!!!
In this workshop we will travel the exalted road of the roller’s potential.
We will use the Roller as a therapeutic tool and magnifying glass to:
• Calm the nervous system to enhance focus
• Explore your core and midline
• Observe balance & symmetry of the body systems at multiple levels.
• Lengthen the muscles and enjoy ease in your improved posture
• Relax your constantly overworking muscles.
All you need is A 6 inch/ 3 foot foam roller and a curious mind – All welcome!
WORKSHOP 4: Freeing the Hips and Lifting the Veil of the Pelvis
The Gateway to Finding the Groove For Sensual Pleasure
Sensual pleasure is unlimited and has a very wide range of expression, yet, it requires freedom and intelligent integrity of all it’s parts (joints, bones, soft tissues, energetic flow). The ability to be present in the pelvic region has been compromised by social and personal emotional and physical trauma. The impact of these experiences can be altered with m-i-n-d-f-u-l intentional movements which can be the key factor to removing the veil. Freedom of the pelvic motion has a rippling effect on the entire body as it is the central hub of connection.
In this workshop we will experience the essential planes of motion as we become intimate with the 3D anatomy of the region. We will explore connection between these planes and notice it’s ripple effect on the spine, rib cage and limbs. We will improve our ability to move with subtle intention and attention, which yields a new level of freedom. As we refine our quality of our movement, we will benefit with an expanded sense of sensual pleasure.
THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD
The Feldenkrais Method® is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life. The Feldenkrais Method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. By expanding the self-image through movement sequences that bring attention to the parts of the self that are out of awareness, the Method enables you to include more of yourself in your functioning movements. Students become more aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and expand options for new ways of moving. By increasing sensitivity the Feldenkrais Method assists you to live your life more fully, efficiently and comfortably.
The aim of the Feldenkrais Method is a person that is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works.
– Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD
I believe that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality. They are not just parts somehow related to each other, but an inseparable whole while functioning. A brain without a body could not think.
– Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD