Instructor Becky Behling teaches our Feldenkrais Method courses. The Feldenkrais Method offers a unique and profound exploration experience through Awareness Through Movement lessons. Moshe Feldenkrais, the Method’s developer, said, “The aim [of the Feldenkrais Method] is a person that is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength, but through increased consciousness of how movement works. Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself. What I´m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains. What I´m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.”
Becky, who has 40 years of experience in group fitness, personal training, and post-rehabilitation exercise, shared some more information with us about both herself and the lessons that she offers at Informal Classes.
Informal Classes: What can students expect to learn in your class?
Becky Behling: Students can expect to gain insights into how they organize and carry out movement. They will learn how frequently their movement preferences, patterns of control, and adaptive motor patterns interfere with their comfort and physical abilities. They will discover that easier movement is accessible.
IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
BB: I was among first women certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association back in the 1970s. Like Dr. Feldenkrais, I was seeking help for a knee injury I had sustained in a physical activity class during college, and the athletic trainer seemed to have all the answers. My BA/MS were in physical education/athletic training. My stint as an athletic trainer has been especially helpful during the past 26 years as I have worked as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, and post-rehabilitation exercise specialist. About 14 years ago, I experienced multiple changes in movement during my first Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson. I became intensely curious to learn more about the gentle yet profound ways in which the Method used awareness to provoke change, and sometimes very quickly. I was so fascinated that I began a PhD hoping to research the Feldenkrais Method and other non-traditional approaches to physical activity with older adults. I completed 42 hours, but decided to pursue the four year training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
IC: What do you, as the instructor, learn from your students?
BB: The human body is endlessly fascinating with its infinite capacity to adapt and change so that the demands of life can be met. The people in my classes are a continual source of inspiration and joy as they share details their lives. I have tremendous respect for the compassion, kindness, and love that students have blessed me with.
Becky’s next courses include Feldenkrais Method and Chronic Injury, starting October 8, and Feldenkrais Lessons for Triathletes: Ease in Swimming, Biking, and Running, starting November 5th.