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This page has been built up since 2004. - I keep adding to it, I hope you too will feel the gentle power of what the Method can offer when you read other's experiences - when I visit here myself it puts me back in touch with why I offer what I offer - yes, sometimes I need reminding!


"My back needs loosening and straightening if possible" and after 3 sessions:

"Dear Nikhila, I want to report back to you on my progress. The day after my last session I had to alter the mirror in my car to move it upwards to my new height. Yesterday, I had to go to the dentist - I found it such a better experience as I could sit in the chair comfortably. My head no longer feels as if it is coming off when I have to lie flat. I can also now lie on the floor without any books and am delighted. Thank you so much for your help. It is hard to describe to anyone else how Feldenkrais works as the movements in the session feel so small compared to the results. Best wishes, JC".


"I think the main thing for me from the classes has been the SLOWING me down, to pay attention to detail, to BE HERE close to my body, to myself, to feel the support of the ground, always available, always giving to me.  Over the years, as any round of discomfort has arisen, (like in my back),  I have become more equipped - to relate with it, to give it what it needs.....”


"I think The feldenkrais method is the best thing I found in my time around Totnes, maybe the reason why I was there!" Yoti, physiotherapist


"I am really enjoying the classes and each week something new arises for me.  I am finding that I take the experience with me and find myself being more aware throughout the week with how I use my body.  I enjoy the interaction with others and the discussions also as it broadens my outlook.  I am amazed each time with the transformation when I get up of the floor.  Sadly habits do kick in but it is great to be reminded at how much at ease a body can feel!  Gloria T


"This was my first experience of Feldenkrais. I really enjoyed the workshop. It felt warm inclusive and relaxing. As the workshop developed, working consciously to scan areas of stress, I began to realise how much tension I have been holding in my body and the degree of pain I have been ignoring . It was quite a revelation. After the workshop I felt lighter and brighter and inspired to do more." Ruth


“I came to Nikhila for a series of 1-1 FI sessions to see if she could help me with some long-standing chronic pain problems resulting from injury. Over the course of about ten years I had tried many types of physical therapy, and nothing seemed to help. I had gone past the point of despair many times when I finally discovered Feldenkrais, and suddenly it seemed like there was a way forward. I started with some one-to-one sessions with Nikhila, and straight away I found that my body had the potential to feel very different, to feel like it belonged to me again. I won't say it has been easy, but I have made steady progress through one-to-one sessions and group classes, and have reached a place that I couldn't have thought possible 2 or 3 years ago. Feldenkrais has added a new dimension to my life and my way of thinking. I am really grateful to Nikhila for her sensitivity, and for her skill in working on complex problems and treating the whole person, not just the injury. From my overall experience - (of a mixture of classes, FI's and workshops) Feldenkrais has helped me move from chronic pain and discomfort, to feeling comfortable and natural again in my body. I can't overstate how much difference that's made to my life. It's also really helped me psychologically, by offering a pathway to change that's not based on force or judgement." Becky


"I carry a lot of tension in my lower back and often the area gets so tight that it feels as though the muscles have been knitted together, after one afternoon workshop on exercises to free the chest, I woke the next morning with no muscular tension in my back, when the tension started to return after three weeks, I simply repeated the exercises you taught me. You also helped me to be more aware of when I do tense up those muscles, so I can relax them. A fantastic result, thank you!". Jane S


"It's amazing how one's body can change lying on a floor making small gentle movements. My body is more relaxed with better posture and has become more interesting; my mind is no longer inclined towards extra effort. At both mental and physical levels, Feldenkrais is really helpful in unravelling the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Stefan


" I've been amazed that making such small movements can have such a dramatic effect. I have lost feelings of tension or imbalance and have increased my awareness of good posture. I am also questioning myself in everyday life, to see if I can carry out movements in a less effortful way. Sue K


"The best thing is that ATM helps me be pain-free and better able to do my singing and playing. I love the deep relaxation I feel in the classes which is like a warm bath, a massage and a holiday all put into one - but I also learned to e nice to myself and sort out any problems in a gentle way rather than through pushing harder against things. This makes me feel so good. I always feel that I'd love to stay on the foor longer at the end, just enjoying that nice relaxation for longer, rather than having to get up and walk around. But I guess that's just not very practical?! Janna


"I valued and appreciated your quiet professional approach and your healing hands - hope you know what a gifted teacher you are..." Fiona, psycotherapist


I experience Feldenkrais as a way of 'moving beyond', of 'unlimiting the limited self' - Exploring my mind body connections at the gentle pace of weekly classes I find that the lessons continue a path of mindfulness that I trust.  My nervous system has learned to relax and let me take risks.  The ground becomes safe. Sarah C.


Since taking your classes and workshops I’m far more relaxed in my approach to any physical effort and! I’ve not need to go see an osteopath in nearly 2 years now after a history of regular treatments (((((-:  Muriel S.

The relaxed manner in which you conduct your class; I find it very calming and helpful for focussing on inner awareness.  R. Church


"I can feel my WHOLE back now, and how it moves! its' such a joy!" Miriam


When we were on holiday recently my husband injured his back. Thanks to all the sessions and classes I've had with you over the years, I was able to help him, and he was better within three days! a big thank you! it meant we could enjoy the rest of our holiday"

Amanda C.

"I've really valued what the method has taught me so far and even more so the gentle wisdom and insights that you bring both directly related to what we are practicing.and that synchronous type of insight that meets some other current question or concern", A.

"I found the experience very relaxing, and I feel it's brought a new and more subtle awareness of my body which is very interesting. I appreciated your gentle manner too." C.

"I want to thank you for yesterday's lesson.  It has made a vast difference in that my shoulders feel really solid over both sittting bones and feet.   I can walk tall and the book hasn't slipped off my head yet!  I haven't progressed to carrying bricks and running yet, but who knows....I meant to tell you that several people in my class, some with professional dance experience when young, have been very complimentary about the fluidity of my movements, so once again, thank you for all your work with me - it is so thrilling to release the old and discover the new!" Ruth, dance teacher

"Fortune brought me to your session...something profound was released which I had carried for as long as I can remember. The time must have been right for me to let it go. Since then. my walking and balance have improved out of recognition. I feel like the 'me' I should be and I am so excited! More work to do yet, but one step at a time... As I see it Feldenkrais gives you the tools to initiate and establish new paths which for me is enormously useful" R.


"Just wanted to say a big thank you for your classes, they have been most enjoyable and pain freeing" MD.


"Many thanks extraordinary exquisite thank you for your presence connection and skill" C


"Just enjoying the new feel of my spine!!  Now when I start the tension in the base of my pelvis, there is no need to consciously push back my lower dorsal spine.  I can feel the sensation travelling up to the base of the skull in a mini-wave.  My neck's free too.  What a great session! R.


""Feldenkrais is the only therapy that's left a permanent imprint on me - whenever I wiggle my toes I think about you!" MF

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