“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast
The Integrative Embodiment work I've experienced with Erin and Carl has deeply affected my life. Since working with them, I have learned tangible ways to distinguish how present and grounded I am in each moment, and how to shift into deeper awareness and presence at any time. I have learned skills that help me to ground my energy in my everyday life so I can really be present with each moment as it occurs, as my true authentic self. I have grown my awareness of my connections to my body as a whole and experienced how much spaciousness and wisdom lives inside my bones and tissues. I've grown my capacity for kindness towards myself and others, while integrating the connections with my body, heart and mind. The deeply authentic community of belonging Erin and Carl create is another profoundly life-changing resource for me. I truly feel like I've come home to myself here. The connections I'm creating within my body, heart, and mind, are rippling out to my relationships, community and the world.
I was running up Grandeur Peak the other day and was thinking so much about you, feeling deeply grateful in my heart for YOU .. experiencing what you have shared with me!! How you (by fully embodying your life) have inspired me and given me so much unconditional love. Your loving attention has moved my life so deeply in many ways. Besides having a really HAPPY BODY..my mind and heart are learning all the time to be more present with what is in my life!! These gifts affect everyone in my life. My husband and our relationship as a couple has never been better, our intimate life has blossomed to a new level. Our 23 year old son even brags to his girlfriends that his mom does”Feldi”..(he must see and feel something sweet going on!) I treasure my career and am able to do the work/play I need to do without any pain. My athletic abilities have also gone to a new plateau. I have had feedback from really excellent skate skiers sharing with me that I was skiing better than ever..I fly running..being light and centered… I could go on and on..I do think I have only scratched the surface what you have given me!!!!And I know that I have only just BEGUN!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!
- Allison Shayne, Salt Lake City
I’ve been working with Carl for over a year, learning how to manage a long list of over-use injuries I have accumulated through years of a desk job and outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and biking. Relief of the most painful injury (an impinged rotator cuff) came quickly, but the longer-term gains in somatic awareness have been the greater benefit. I feel much better equipped to avoid injury by moving more freely and naturally.
John White, Salt Lake City, UT
Thank you for your elegant classes.Each time I learn Feldenkris methods I am amazed how the awareness of moving allows freedom and grace. Instead of feeling pain, I feel like dancing! I love it all!
- Dorothy Dart, Salt Lake City, UT
Working with Erin and Carl is one of the most challenging things I've ever done, and I write that with the utmost gratitude and appreciation. Some folks bounce into class, excited to be there, while I drag myself in, nervous and resistant. I am welcomed so lovingly every time. Regardless (perhaps because) of the difficulty, I am so keenly aware of what I've learned and how much my life has changed since I started working with them in embodiment practices and grief rituals. I am quicker to find the ground when stress is high; I notice more moments of self-compassion; I'm increasingly able to listen to and respond to my body instead of willfully ignoring it; I recognize the grief I am experiencing, and in that, I am learning to hold pain and joy simultaneously. I can't imagine doing this work with anyone other than Erin and Carl. They are masters of their craft and approach each class and ceremony with kindness, flexibility, enthusiasm, authenticity, patience, and love. Yes, the work can be hard... and yet every minute of it is worthwhile. This is such vital learning and I am beyond grateful to have Erin and Carl to guide me through it.
- Chloe Skidmore, SLC, Utah
An aching shoulder kept me from working at my ranch the way I needed to. It also caused me problems when sleeping. I tried physical therapy, acupuncture, and rest. Not much change. “Maybe it’s l just my age,” I thought, and almost resigned myself to it.Then I decided to ask for a session with Erin. (True confession here – she is my daughter!) It took me awhile to ask for her help. After one session I was so amazed at the relief I felt. The discomfort returned in a few days so I asked to return for another session. After the second session, not only did my pain disappear, but she gave me self help movements to try if ever I felt it come back.My shoulder has never caused me any further problems since my Feldenkrais sessions with Erin. And that was several years ago! I am so grateful.
- Linda Gardner
Blue Moon Ranch Alpacas
I have been lucky to have taken a number of workshops with Erin and Carl, all of which have perfectly impacted my life both during and after. I find now that when I'm doing the dishes I'll suddenly notice I'm holding my breath, so I'll pause, take a moment to feel my feet on the ground, take a big breath, and often smile at the knowing that their support and presence are with me always. I even have a big sign as I leave my office that says "Pause", and find the lessons they have taught me influence the language I use and my compassion for others. I often find myself thinking about the wonderful community of people who attend their groups and am grateful for the safe space they create and the sharing that takes place. Erin and Carl have offered me so many tools to help support me through this crazy life including a daily gratitude practice, being gentle with myself, bowing to what is, poetry, maitri, and so much more. The Embodied Life practice is a brilliant gift that has made my world better.
I have learned from Erin for more than a decade. Through classes and working one on one with her, I have discovered how to access so many wisdoms in my body, mind, and heart. I have experienced greater ease and alignment in my physical movement and in my life. Erin will be the first to tell you that her work is not about self-improvement and I will tell you that as a result of learning with her, I’ve experienced a profound improvement in my relationship with myself. And that’s a gift that keeps on giving.
- Nini Rich, Salt Lake City, Utah
I have had the opportunity to work with Erin Geesaman Rabke and Carl Rabke prior to a couple of back injuries which resulted in two surgeries.
Each of them hold qualities in their actions that promote a deep sense of awareness, compassion, and wisdom. The tools I gained from each of them prior to these injuries assisted in my personal recovery. Post injuries, the study of Feldenkrais has greatly contributed to many epic experiences of somatic awareness. I highly recommend private sessions for the benefit of personal results. However, the group sessions are also extremely helpful and provide the experiential knowledge, sensing how it is to be at ease in your body. The private Feldenkrais sessions with Erin have made a profound impact on my yoga practice, movement throughout the day, how I sit at a desk, drive a car, and most importantly, how I am becoming more aware of my body, allowing it to move with ease. The time after each session has also proven to be helpful because there continues to be mental/emotional/physical lightning strikes of connections happening deeply within my mind, body, and spirit. I am eternally grateful to have crossed paths with these brilliant people. I recommend them both wholeheartedly.
- Lara Kandolin
Along the years spent in SLC, I got the chance to experience Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes with Erin and Carl. I did a variety of session with different focus: Shoulder and Neck workshop, a retreat at Snowbird, and more. The most life altering experiences were a series of 10 classes working along the 10 sessions of Structural Integration and also the Empelvised, Embellied, Empowered classes for women which rippled joy throughout my pregnancy. Each of their classes helped me embody my Self further more. The awareness I gained from these sessions is cumulative and empowering. I still use some of the movements whenever I experience body discomfort. I am a Kinesis Structural Integrator and constantly talk to my clients about the benefits of Feldenkrais. I like how accessible it is, easy and slow, and how it allows the nervous system to re-pattern (so much hope in that!)But not all instructors are alike. Erin and Carl are outstanding educators. I trust their skills, I trust their heart!
- Ingrid Bregand, Salt Lake City, UT
My curiosity in Feldenkrais was piqued when my daughter told me of a professional cellist friend of hers that was finding relief for an ailing shoulder that was interfering with his ability to play music. She then had Erin come by and teach a quick class to the stylists at her and her husband’s salon so they could be better in tune with their bodies as they stand on their feet, bending over in awkward positions all day while styling hair. She raved about all of it. My back had been giving me trouble over and over since the ’70’s and I was in the throes of yet another “episode” and was easily convinced to find another method of relief, so I was in.The results of my sessions with Erin over the last several years have fulfilled any starry eyed hopes about how healthy I could feel and certainly have far exceeded any expectations one may have. I could go on and on about how my back is now manageable, how my neck no longer causes headaches, how I learned that my neck was even the cause of those headaches, how I learned new ways to play guitar without causing my shoulder grief; but I will share only one thing — the thing that got my attention after one session and kept bringing me back.It was a simple little thing that happened after the first session, but completely changed my perception as to how easy these major changes in my body could be. I was driving home after the session had completed and needed to merge into the lane to my right. I turned on my signal, swung my head around to look for any traffic in the the lane and my head swung effortlessly, further than it had been in years. I was completely blown away; so much so that I had to try it several more times so I could believe what was happening. It was like I had a new head or someone else’s neck! It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I was completely and utterly convinced that I needed to continue Feldenkrais sessions from that point on and have never quit going.
- Dale Southard, Salt Lake City, UT
Alane Fry McKenna
My personal experience with Feldendrais lessons, and practicing some movements for about 20 minutes 5-6x a week, has benefited my body greatly. Most noticeable is the absence of daily pain and muscle tension in my back and shoulders, that I experienced before, from sitting at a computer for 5-6 hours each day. And with my recent job change, which now requires that I am on my feet for about 8-9 hours each shift, I found a new pain in my low/mid back, which was quickly remedied with only a couple of lessons and more practice.I also find that the daily morning practice is like a meditation, or tuning in with my center,….which seems to lay a foundation that stays with me throughout the day. I feel much more peaceful and resilient on the days I practice movements in the morning.And an unexpected benefit I’ve experienced is when I do an unusual, not routine, very strenuous (for me) activity……like heavy yard work, or a yearly kayaking or backpacking or water-skiing activity, I hardly feel any strain or soreness in my muscles.Last week I water-skied for the first time in about 10 years which would normally result in feeling “crippled” for a few days, but I experienced absolutely no limitation or restriction of movement afterward and I only felt a very slight soreness to my shoulders…that I really only noticed when my husband tried rubbing my back…..amazing! At age 54…..I am moving more like I did at 35!
- Alane Fry McKenna, Salt Lake City