“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast
Janene M. Holmberg
My experience with Erin & Carl's embodied Feldenkrais practices has been transformative. As a PT who cherishes the concept of exercise as powerful medicine, in practicing and experiencing their work, I have joyfully discovered an even deeper and profound therapeutic awakening thru movement. I have been able to go beyond just movement as exercise, to movement as a vehicle to tangibly experience my own body's innate powerful inner healer. I have been able to experience that when I release something in my body, I'm often also able to release something in my mind as well and when I open my body to ease, my mind opens and softens as well. In other words, the intellectual concepts of "somatoemotional release" and "mind/body connection" become real, alive and living experiences. Until experiencing their work, I had grossly underestimated the internal resources my body possesses to bring peace, groundedness, authenticity, and even great levels of pleasure. There is a gentle genius in their work that is refreshingly new, personal, individualized and spaciously respectful. I bow in honor to the beauty of their work as a most grateful beneficiary.
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
Erin and Carl have given me the tools to live an active and pain free life! I have always been involved in sports, even moving to Utah for the abundant recreational activities.After my 40th birthday I experienced a succession of joint pains; first my hip, then a frozen right shoulder, then a frozen left shoulder. Erin and Carl employed gentle Feldenkrais techniques and provided me with body awareness education that relieved me of my pain and is also keeping my pain from recurring. Before coming to Erin and Carl, I tried steroid injections and conventional physical therapy, which did not work for me and I was discouraged by my therapist’s directive to give up running as a general exercise.Now thanks to Erin and Carl I enthusiastically pursue all my favorite activities (even running 5Ks!) as well as having the courage to try new activities such as surfing and rock climbing! I feel so fortunate that I met Erin at the right time in my life-although I truly believe that meeting her earlier may have given me the tools needed to prevent the pain in the first place!
- Janine Langer, 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
In 2002 I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in the lower back. At the time of the diagnosis the neurosurgeon stated I would require a Laminectomy in the L3-L5 region of the spine. I elected to live with the pain rather than undergo the surgery. In 2008 -2010 I took Erin’s “Basics of Back Care” classes and it changed my state of being. The combined techniques of yoga and Feldenkrais learned in the classes have enabled me to manage my pain. I utilize these techniques today and I am happy to report that I have never needed the surgery. Thank you Erin!
- Terry Prymek, Salt Lake City, UT
National Account Manager, ARUP Laboratories
Thank you Carl.I’ve appreciated the existence of you and your practice over the past years as well.
The work that you facilitated was the fulcrum into a state of okayness, which became wellness, which became fitness, which is now pushing the boundaries of my own athleticism. I cannot be more deeply and sincerely appreciative of your guidance on that path.
Hannah, Salt Lake City, UT
Monica Faux-Kota LMT
What I have harnessed through working with Erin is that my body serves me as a noble refuge. In times of stress and anxiety I can turn inward and find peace, calm, and clarity. I find the resonance of my essence, my soul, and I understand that indulging this place represents evolved health and well-being; beyond that - it is a very pleasurable place to retreat to. In all of this I find my worth and value as a human being - and I find what I am devoted to. I feel most complete when I am engaged in her teachings.
Erin has been a primary teacher of mine for almost a decade now. It is challenging to summarize my thoughts about her and what she shares because "less effort more pleasure", her signature tagline, sounds simple - but I have learned that creating a lifestyle that embodies this concept requires a lot of introspection to start, dedication to the reprogramming required, and then on-going devotion.
With this in mind - Erin's teachings require her to be an anchor, a beacon of light, a rock, and a master of holding space for individuals who seek more from life - all while leading by example.
Her work emphasizes our current perfection as a human being and very gently encourages the exploration of what feels to me to be, embodied grace.
Embodied grace is an evolved way of living. It represents our ability, and Divine-given-right, to beautify life, seek pleasure and joy, while also enduring the relentless harshness of this human existence.
What I appreciate about Erin the most is that she does not shy away from the truth that life is often hard; then she has the courage to declare that we could soften into our own flesh, find our heart and innate wisdom, and choose to hold the heavy in one hand and all the juicy-soul-nurturing-gifts in the other, and expand into our capacity to feel it all.
Beyond this - she emphasizes that there is always a bountiful harvest found in various forms of pleasure - and she nudges us towards those fruits; because this way of living is possible. What an immeasurable tool-gift.
Erin offers an invitation to buck-the-status-quo and evolve via beautifying an embodied existence.
The support that is critical for this way of living is what Erin and Carl have created and continue to nurture. Their business is firmly rooted in integrity and community. They care about the Greater Good, and honestly - I believe that their primary purpose on the earth is to help bolster humanity.
The ways in which society benefits from a single embodied person is considerable, the ripple effect is promising.
Just imagine the potential and possibility nestled within droves of embodied people.
This potential and possibility is what Erin and Carl invest in.
Simply stated, they care.
Monica Faux Kota
Massage Therapist & Empowerment Advocate
If you're forcing anything, you're not doing it right. Isn't that a mind-shift when you're used to, "No pain no gain?" I've been utilizing Erin and Carl's practices for several years for one-on-one treatment (mostly with Erin), online classes and Awareness Through Movement lessons, which are group classes. I've hobbled in at different times with balance issues, a sore back, hip bursitis, a wrist that a PT gave up on, an injured SI joint, or a shoulder that had frozen up, and again and again I've walked out more fluidly and hurting less, all with zero pain during treatment. We're not even focusing on the sore spots. Somehow by learning to feel within the parts that aren't hurting and working with your body rather than fighting and forcing it, the painful sore spots relax and aren't as painful anymore! It feels magical to me every time. I also usually leave with strategies to continue at home. The same theory applies to online classes. Don't go into a class expecting to force or shame yourself into changing because you're not going to find that here. Instead, you'll feel the messiness and hard parts of life while learning strategies for simultaneously finding and deeply feeling the joy, awe, and wonder. Erin and Carl aren't just health practitioners, they're healers and teachers, and I'm so grateful I found them!
Teacher of 8-year-old geniuses and animal-assisted-therapy teams, and connoisseur of hiking trails through the great outdoors.
It’s not very often that one meets an individual who works and creates space for self learning, exploration, and healing with such joyous rigor and grace. Well, there are two individuals like that, Erin and Carl, who just happen to be right here in Salt Lake City (and living under the same roof! Their passion is so tangible and their gifts so lovingly shared. From their workshops to private sessions, I have learned so much in their presence and the family, friends, and clients I have sent their way have all returned with such high praise and gratitude for the quality of experience with Erin and Carl. I am continuously inspired by their dedication to their personal and professional practice. They are a gift to this community and I am so honored to call them friends and colleagues.
- Lauren Stern
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
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 went to see Erin for Feldenkrais after damaging my lower back in a car accident. The wounds had healed, but the deeper structural imbalances were still causing me a lot of pain, even after physical therapy and a lot of beneficial work with Yoga. I was seeing enough improvement after six weeks of general Feldenkrais classes to seek out a private, hands-on session.Erin’s comforting touch reassured my body and mind that my innate body wisdom was still there underneath all the fear and pain caused by my injuries. I woke up the day after our session with a new and wonderful way of walking: pain free.Erin had helped my mind reprogram itself to bring my body back into effortless rightness. I can’t say enough about the gratitude I feel toward Erin for the gracious way she applies her thoughtful and egoless expertise. She changed my life in the course of an hour, much for the better, and the results are still mine to enjoy.
- Erin Menut,
Owner, Avenues Yoga