Becky Behling, MS, GCFP, cPT, is a movement educator with 40 years of experience in group fitness, personal training and post-rehabilitation exercise. She has taught several different Feldenkrais class as Informal Classes, including an introductory class, Core Control, Lessons for Triathletes and more. This fall’s classes include Feldenkrais Method and Chronic Injury and a new class, Bones for Life. Explore how you move and rethink the ways you use your body with these classes, leading you to more ease in movement. Learn more in our interview with Becky below:
Informal Classes: What can students expect out of 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: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
BB: 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.”
IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background in your field?
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 15 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 working with 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 first class this fall starts September 2. Register online!