WITH ILANA NACHOUM

You Have the Ability to Go Beyond!

Building a bridge between the emotional and the physical.

About YOU

I can support you in achieving the results you’re looking for. Together we can do it.

Are you ready to upgrade yourself?

Do you want to move but have lost your groove?

Are you ready to be more free?

Together we can restore and reconnect you to your vitality.

Reflect about how you’d like to see yourself moving through the world.  Have you been impacted by emotional or physical trauma?

You don’t have to accept or adjust to limited function.  Reclaiming your 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. 

Gain Control of Your Life and Find the Balance You Need to Succeed!

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

 

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)

About me

“Making the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.”​
Moshe Feldenkrais
Ilana Nachoum

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, IFS, AEDP, Sound Healing, and Meditation.

As a wise, experienced, and creative therapist, Ilana works with a wide variety of clients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each client is unique and receives progressive sessions. Many clients who have exhausted other options to find pain relief are able to gain awareness and empowerment to enjoy their long forgotten emotional and physical abilities.

In the mid-1980s, Ilana’s debilitating back pain inspired her to discover the versatile uses of Foam rollers as an exercise apparatus as a vehicle to access her emotional and physical well-being. 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.

“Working with Ilana has been transformative for me. As a psychiatrist I am deeply aware of the mind-body connection and Ilana’s work is nothing short of miraculous. A few sessions with her is like a decade of therapy. I am eternally grateful. ”
A. L.
Psychiatrist
“I didn’t expect that regular practice with Ilana would actually eliminate my need for pain and SSRI 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

About US

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 and live with ease we will focus on your:

  • Emotional, relational, spiritual and physical life 
  • Functional ability rather than pathologizing
  • 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.

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; together we will support you to stay on your path.

We 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

BOOK NOW

I’ve spent a lot of time in my life looking for other people to help me “fix” things not going right in my life-from health, relationships, money, anxiety, body image, etc. —I felt disconnected from joy, health and quiet…what I found through my time with Ilana is the ability to learn (or actually re-learn) how to know myself again,  and really to know that I have always been the one that knows…it turns out there wasn’t anything to actually “fix” I just needed support with the awareness of what was layered on top of the goodness that I was born with. She helped me peel back the layers of conditioning to act from a place without those blocks that had been placed there throughout life’s experiences so that I can act lovingly towards myself and others. I have done a lot of self work leading up to my time with Ilana but she is truly a guide- to unlock energy that had been blocking me from peace, freedom and fun. It is clear this is her gift, and through her gift, she has helped me find mine again.
KC
age 47
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

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

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