Kate has studied the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education® since 1998, including four years of Professional Feldenkrais Practitioner Training. She is now a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm. Kate has many years of experience in counseling, organizational management and more recently, Hospice work.
Kate’s strengths are the ways that she can offer a straightforward interpretation of Dr. Feldenkrais’ ideas that have immediate and beneficial application to everyday life. Congruent with her counseling background, Kate offers a relationship with her clients and students that truly honours their individual dignity and past history, with integrity.
She currently lives and practices in Williams Lake, B.C., Canada.
About the Feldendrais Method [Back to top]
This scientifically based, simple, yet sophisticated system of learning uses the same exploratory process we see in children. It helps us re-connect with our natural ability to move, with minimum effort and maximum efficiency—not through strengthening muscles, but by becoming aware of how our bodies work.
Human movement is learned; it is not instinctive, and it quickly becomes habitual, so that we can move spontaneously without thinking about it. Often, as a result of illness, accident, misuse or poor training, movements become restricted and even painful. It is then necessary to re-learn how to move easily again. The Feldenkrais Method teaches you how to do this. It is easy, gentle, and can be done by anyone.
There are two ways to learn:
Awareness Through Movement® Group classes: Done in a variety of different positions, lying on the floor, sitting in a chair or standing, you are verbally guided by Kate through a sequence of gentle movements intended to develop a greater awareness of how you move. As you let go of limiting habits, you will find satisfaction in developing new alternatives. Movement becomes easier, freer, and more pleasurable. Many people experience greater relaxation and a sense of release after doing lessons. They may breathe more freely and find their thinking more clear. Creativity, problem-solving abilities and emotional stability often also improve.
Functional Integration® Individual sessions: Private sessions with Kate where she guides you both verbally and by touch through a series of movements that provide information directly to your neuromuscular system. These lessons are suitable for those who need more individualized attention for specific concerns and give greater awareness and increased learning potential.
Whichever way you choose, and you can do both, the Feldenkrais Method shows you how to learn from your movement. It gives you the means to take charge of your own improvement.
“Through awareness we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom at almost any age and thereby improve our living circumstances, not only physically but emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.” – Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc.
Kate McDonough was recently featured on Shaw TV’s "Go Williams Lake". View this 5 minute video to see how Feldenkrais might help you.
About Moshe Feldenkrais: [Back to top]
Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984) was an engineer, physicist and a martial arts expert. With this background and his extensive knowledge of linguistics, infant development and athletics, he avoided surgery and taught himself to walk again after a crippling knee injury. This was the catalyst for the development of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.
New scientific research on the neuroplasticity of the brain is now corroborating what Dr. Feldenkrais so eloquently stated in his work, years ahead of his time – that learning is possible at any age.
There are now thousands of Feldenkrais practitioners worldwide who creatively apply the method in academic and physical education, performing arts, rehabilitation, and other disciplines. The Feldenkrais Method has been well-known in Europe for many years, and is now becoming popular in North America. The Feldenkrais Guild of North America maintains the standards of practice set out by Dr. Feldenkrais, as well as providing support to practitioners and certifying new training programs and practitioners. The training requires four years with over 800 hours of in-class instruction.
Current Class/Workshop Schedule: [Back to top]
Please call Kate for an appointment or Class/Workshop Schedules: 250-398-9440 (land) or 250-267-4327 (cell).
Workshop images courtesy of Rosalie O’Connor, www.rosalieoconnor.com
Kate's photos courtesy of Anne Burrill
Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® are registered service marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm is a certification mark of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America.