Growing up in Israel, though I wasn't too athletic as a kid, I did love running around outdoors, climbing trees and playing soccer. As a teen, I studied Shorinji Ryu (Karate), which felt quite magical at the time. It somehow felt right for me, as if I found something exciting and meaningful. It gave me clarity. A connection to myself. After my Film & TV Undergraduate studies at NYU, I started a 15-year career as a motion graphics producer. The demanding daily grind of TV production highlighted old and new physical limitations. I began to experience pain, mostly in and around my back/spine. The pain was at times extreme. I was frustrated and scared. I knew that the gym was not a place for me to seek help or healing, I needed something more intelligent; I was searching for a more intuitive approach. That was when I discovered the soft and internal martial art of Tai Chi Chuan. Coincidentally, I simultaneously discovered the Alexander Technique. Discovering these two complementary approaches finally felt like there was hope.
22 years ago, I experienced a Functional Integration® lesson of the Feldenkrais Method®. I knew right away that I liked it. It was gentle and effective. Not only did it help me recover faster from a severe back spasm, but there was another, entirely unexpected, powerful process that started during the lesson, and just kept going. It was great fun too. I was intrigued.
I never imagined how transformative this journey of becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner® would be. In 2002 I finally joined a professional Feldenkrais Training. My dream of leaving my tv producing career behind to become a Feldenkrais practitioner began to materialize. My Feldenkrais trainers included Frank Wildman, Rob Ofir, Yvan Joly, Dennis Leri, Mary Spire, Donna Blank, and Stephen Rosenholtz. I graduated in 2006. I experienced 2 other incredible trainers, Mia Segal, and Martin Weiner, in postgraduate advanced trainings. In 2015 I joined IOPS Academy (Ideal Organization & Profound Strength), an 18-month Postgraduate program with Feldenkrais Trainer Jeff Haller.
The intense personal challenges both my parents experienced as their health declined during the last years of their lives impacted me profoundly. My mother passed away early in the first year of my Feldenkrais training. Both my parents struggled to remain functional, independent and dignified to the very end. I wish I had known then what I know now about comfort and ease and healing. Especially with regards to my father, who had multiple strokes and was struggling mainly with walking.
I love helping people to learn to function more freely, more intelligently, more intuitively and efficiently. I feel that my Tai Chi practice came in handy in my original Feldenkrais Professional Training, and now Tai Chi is an important part of my life as a Feldenkrais practitioner; it helps me in cross-checking myself, in examining ideal ways of moving more and more efficiently.
I live in Hastings on Hudson, with my wife and 2 girls (8 & 12.)
I teach Feldenkrais in NYC and Westchester, and joined Inwood Movement in 2017.