Aliza Stewart

Aliza Stewart, M.Mu.

Trainer and Educational Director

Aliza Stewart, M.Mu., 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.


“I’ve tried many healing modalities besides allopathic medicine, including chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, tai chi and yoga, but none have been as transformative as the Feldenkrais Method.  Among Feldenkrais practitioners, Aliza Stewart is recognized as a master and it is no wonder:   she approaches her work with the artistry, seriousness of purpose, and attention to fine detail.  Her classes and private sessions are not only highly effective at reducing and eliminating pain, but they also foster an overall sense of vitality, power and expanded possibilities.  Aliza’s work has propelled me forward into a more fulfilling life, and I can’t recommend her teaching highly enough.”

–Hannah VoDinh, Frederick MD


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Paris Kern

Paris Kern

Trainer and Administrative Director

Paris Kern 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.

ADDITIONAL FACULTY

David Zemach-Bersin

David Zemach-Bersin

Trainer

David Zemach Bersin  is one of the first and foremost American teachers of the Feldenkrais Method in the U.S., and is recognized internationally as an authority in the art of practicing the method – its theory, its technique and…READ MORE

Lawrence W. Goldfarb, Ph.D.

Lawrence W. Goldfarb, Ph.D.

Trainer

Lawrence W. Goldfarb, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995) is a movement scientist, certified Feldenkrais trainer, multimedia author, and trailblazing teacher…READ MORE

Alan Quesel

Alan Questel

Trainer

Alan, as the Educational Director of The Feldenkrais® Professional Training in Santa Fe, is responsible for the pedagogic integrity of the training program. He will develop the curriculum, manage the educational…READ MORE

Bob Hunter

Bob Hunter, MFA

Assistant Trainer

Bob Hunter has been a Feldenkrais teacher for 20 years.  Prior to that he was a museum curator at the Smithsonian, took up farming, hurt his back, was a community organizer/lobbyist, returned to art historyREAD MORE

Peggi Honig

Peggi Honig

Assistant Trainer

Peggi’s therapeutic Mind Bodywork practice focuses on health awareness and learning how to move beyond chronic pain. She specializes in re-abilitation whether from sport injuries…READ MORE

WHAT OUR GRADUATES SAY


“As her former teacher and current colleague, I have witnessed Aliza’s dedication to excellence in both her own learning process and that of her students. As a Feldenkrais Trainer, Aliza is committed to the individual development of her students. She is not only well-organized in her presentation of the material but also has the gift of being passionate about what she believes while being open to challenge and change.”

–Anna Johnson-Chase, Member of FGNA® since 1977



“I have been studying with Aliza Stewart since 1992. She approaches her work with a clarity that is rare to find. Aliza has the ability to be with her students right where they are and then to explore the possibilities for enhancing functional potential. This learning environment that she creates provides a vital key to sustained learning.”

–Mary Young, PT, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner



“The Feldenkrais Method Training Program has been a dazzling experience and is for everyone interested in improving their health and well-being.”

–Anita Treash, Advertising Executive



“Aliza’s intelligence and commitment make her a real master of the Feldenkrais Method. As a classical musician, I suffered chronic pain for several years and Aliza helped eradicate it within months. Aliza Stewart and the Feldenkrais Method changed my life.”

–Heather Storeng, Violist



“The Feldenkrais Method Training Program has been an incredible catalyst for positive shifts in my life.”

–Sonja Sutherland, M.A.



“Since beginning Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® lessons with Aliza, I am in a place of re-discovery regarding movement. As a career dancer & teacher, I am no longer feeling daily discomfort from the over-use of muscle groups, and I am more efficient with teaching movement. I truly believe that whatever you are pursuing in life, Feldenkrais can help you achieve your goal in a clear & gentle way through internal and external awareness.”

–Liese Weber-Frutchey, Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer



“I came to your Feldenkrais Training Program a different person than I am now. I had no idea of the possibilities and the choices that now exist for me. I feel my fear to be myself falling away and I am willing to try things I never thought I would try. I am hugely happy.”

–Debbie Visceglia



“Aliza has an uncanny gift for truly seeing people and understanding their questions. This gift makes her a truly amazing teacher and guide in people’s quest to fully realize themselves using the Feldenkrais Method® as a means for self learning and growth.”

–Paris Kern, Guild Certified Assistant Trainer



“I thank all the training program faculty for the enormous dedication, knowledge, enthusiasm, inspiration, and experience each of you brings to the program. It has given each participant something remarkable: the freedom to possess new awareness and mobility, to regain feeling and function, and to move more easily, free of pain.”

–John Charles Murphy, Member of Mummenschan



“At the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival Aliza Stewart became something of a phenomenon. Her deep knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method and her remarkable instincts for reading a musician’s physical tendencies made her constantly in demand. A musician in her own right, she is not only a practitioner capable of preventing and healing pain, but a partner in a search for greater freedom in how one makes music.”

–Seth Knopp, The Peabody Trio Director, Yellow Barn Music Festival



“As a neuroscientist interested in the development and plasticity of the nervous system, it is gratifying to see how the Feldenkrais Method demonstrates these principles. The Feldenkrais Method has also greatly improved my personal quality of life – physically and emotionally – by reducing the restrictions and limitations I thought were permanent due to multiple sclerosis.”

–Marla Luskin, Ph.D., Emory University Medical School



“I am a violin performance major. About two years ago, I developed pain radiating down both arms. I visited doctors, physical therapists, spinal specialists and message therapists, but the pain worsened. I lost all hope and spiraled into depression. Finally, I tried Feldenkrais with Aliza Stewart. I left my first session feeling 75% better. After 3 months, I became pain-free and started playing the violin again after 2 years. Feldenkrais brought back the joy of playing again.”

–Charise Zablotsky, Violinist



“I have been profoundly affected by the expert guidance of Aliza Stewart. She is invested in the personal experience and awareness of each individual in a lesson. I am so inspired by this work and Aliza’s expertise that I have begun my training to become a practitioner.”

–Liese Weber-Frutchey, Feldenkrais Professional Training Student, Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer



“The Feldenkrais Method has totally changed the way that I see myself, and how I relate to the world. The freedom I have found is extraordinary, and the lessons have freed me from numerous complaints and ailments. Each day I find another thing that I can do. The Feldenkrais Method Training Program has given me a feeling of passion to be able to live life with purpose.”

–Margaret Fletcher, M.D.



“Aliza and Paris bring a unique combination of skill, experience and wisdom to this training program.  But more importantly, they are good teachers – sensitive, non-judgmental and incredibly supportive. If you are considering a training program, this is the one for you.”

–Carol Regan, Washington DC



“Aliza Stewart is a master in her work. She is fiercely passionate about the Feldenkrais Method, and helping students to experience and learn organically through their own senses.  I have been deeply touched by her teaching.”

“Paris Kern is a great teacher, and supportive.  I have learned a tremendous amount through her teaching.  She is also creative, and able to make light when students get too serious.  Humor helps the learning, and I am grateful for her many, many contributions to the training.”

–Libby Eason, Atlanta, GA



“It was invaluable for me to receive an FI® lesson from an excellent teacher like Aliza, and then to immediately practice the movements on her, while receiving her coaching and feedback…. Feelings of confusion and ineffectiveness when doing an FI were gone…. I was beginning to understand the reasons behind the movements…. Aliza helped me to set aside the preconceived ideas I began with, which got in the way of my understanding and effectiveness. My appreciation of the Feldenkrais Method was deepened and broadened by my tutorial with Aliza.”

–Jon Levy, Mid Atlantic Training Program Student



“Learning Feldenkrais from Aliza has been akin to learning about life from a wise, trusted mentor – she has a very different take on creativity, learning and movement – she is an artist and her teaching reflects that.

Paris has the uncanny ability to intuit what I needed at every stage to progress further in my learning – I have benefited a lot from her style of teaching”

–Ravi Prabhakar, Atlanta, GA



“Aliza is a passionate teacher who speaks from a place of deep conviction and respect for the individual’s approach to learning. I was inspired by her curiosity about her students’s needs and her keen eye for teachable moments, both with individuals as well as the group.

“Paris worked with me on many levels throughout my training, providing support not only through clear and knowledgeable instruction, but a consistent personal touch as well. Whether teaching a lesson to the group or following up with me about a functional integration experience, she was a consistent voice of understanding and guidance.”

–Mary Rudd, Danville, KY



“Aliza embodies the Feldenkrais concept of reversibility by being both a task master and your favorite grandmother at the same time.

Paris and Aliza are exceptionally skilled at encouraging a trainee’s personal neurological growth and the personal changes that come with that in tandem with teaching the professional skills needed to be a confident, successful practitioner.

As both a trainer and administrator, Paris constantly has her finger on the pulse of the class and knows instinctively what the group needs to get the most out of every training segment.”

–Kimberly Swanson, Los Angeles, CA


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