Aliza Stewart, M.Mu, Trainer and Educational Director, trained as a concert pianist and has performed extensively in Israel, England and the United States. She holds a teaching degree and Artist Diploma in Performance from the Rubin Academy in Israel. Her personal interest in discovering more efficient, relaxed movement patterns at the piano, led her to study with Moshé Feldenkrais in 1980. She completed her Feldenkrais training in 1987 and is now a Trainer in Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs around the world. Well known for her work with musicians, Aliza taught Feldenkrais classes at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore for many years and is currently teaching graduate courses at the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan. She is in residence at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival. Aliza also works with a wide range of clients in her private practices, in Baltimore and New York City. Aliza lives in Baltimore with her husband, Delmar, a violist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and is the proud mother of Rachel and Miriam, and grandmother of Eliana.
Paris Kern, Trainer and Administrative Director, has been a Feldenkrais Practitioner since 1992, and has maintained a private practice as well a traveling to teach In training programs in the Baltimore,New York City,Vienna, Germany, Holland and Sicily. As the Creator of “Riding with the Whole Self” a Feldenkrais program for equestrians, she has taught workshops for riders in the USA, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany. She is a steady and inspiring presence, who brings a compassionate and light hearted manner to her work.
Paris has the ability to simplify complex theories and principles of the Feldenkrais Method. Through stories, and demonstration she de-mystifies challenging concepts and brings a common sense approach to her work. Her background is a singer of both traditional folk and choral improvisation and brings a playful spontaneity to her work. As a musician she has been incorporating the Feldenkrais Method with Vocal Improvisory choral music, helping singers become better movers and movers become better singers.
Paris came to the Feldenkrais Method , suffering pain that was so severe she sometimes she had to cancel performances. Searching for relief, she attended a one-day Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement workshop with Aliza Stewart . Her response to the exercises done in the workshop that day was so profound, that she felt she was “coming home”. Paris lives in Baltimore with her husband and son, and maintains a full-time private practice.