After just a few moments of the Feldenkrais exercises, people often find themselves, as if by magic, easily doing things with their bodies that they never thought possible.
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David Zemach-Bersin

imageDavid Zemach-Bersin, co-founder of the Feldenkrais® Institute of New York, is one of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ original American students. He studied with Dr. Feldenkrais from 1973-1984 in the U.S., Europe, and at the Feldenkrais Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel.

David is one of the world’s foremost Feldenkrais teachers and trainers. For over 35 years, David has been involved with the development of the Feldenkrais Method®. He co-founded Feldenkrais Resources in 1983, with Elizabeth Beringer, and the Feldenkrais  Institute of New York in 2005, with Marek Wyszynski. He also co-founded the Feldenkrais Research Foundation in 2007, a non-profit supporting scientific research on The Feldenkrais Method. David is a former President and Training Accreditation Board Member of The Feldenkrais Guild of North America.

David is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher. He directs Feldenkrais Method Training Programs in New York City, and Baltimore. He also teaches in programs in California and Europe, and offers popular post-graduate courses for Feldenkrais practitioners. For almost 40 years, David has maintained a private practice working with a diverse population including people with movement limitations, neurological problems, children, seniors, performing artists, and people with chronic pain. David is a Honors graduate of UC Berkeley, with extensive post-graduate work in physiological psychology, and is the co-author of Relaxercise (HarperCollins), a popular introduction to The Feldenkrais Method. He has created a variety of Feldenkrais audio programs.

David Zemach-Bersin lives with his family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. For Functional Integration sessions, please contact: (215) 230-9208 or The Feldenkrais Institute at (212) 727-1014.

Marek Wyszynski

imageInstitute Co-Director and Co-Founder Marek Wyszynski is a licensed Physical Therapist, a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a former supervisor for the Lenox Hill Hospital’s New York Pain Treatment Program. He studied and worked with the world renowned physician Dr. Hans Kraus (the pioneer of trigger-point therapy and president Kennedy’s back pain physician). Since 1991 he has worked with people suffering from acute and chronic pain. Marek’s article: A Structured Physical Therapy Approach for Treating the Muscular Components of Chronic Pain Syndromes was published in The Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. He is also a former national fencing champion (Poland) and coach. Marek is the Director of Physical Therapy and Feldenkrais NYC (click here to visit the website).

Sheryl Field

imageSheryl Field, the Executive Director of the Field Center for Children’s Integrated Development, is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and teacher with more than 20 years of full-time clinical experience using Functional Integration to improve the functioning of children with motor disorders.  Sheryl trained with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais in Israel and in the United States. An Assistant Trainer in the Institute’s Professional Training Program, Sheryl is one of the few Feldenkrais practitioners in the world who has extended the method to working with infants and children.

During her 20 years of experience using the Feldenkrais Method of Functional Integration, Sheryl has observed much greater improvement in children with motor disorders than is currently reported with other therapies. She has recently submitted a research proposal to the National Institutes of Health to test the efficacy of the Feldenkrais Method scientifically.  Sheryl is also an assistant trainer in the Feldenkrais professional training program with David Zemach-Bersin.

Mark Hirschfield

imageMark graduated from the Feldenkrais® Professional Training Program with David Zemach-Bersin in 2003.  He is a Senior Faculty Practitioner at the Feldenkrais Institute, where he has worked since its opening in 2005.

Mark has helped clients with a myriad of issues, ranging from neck, back, hip, knee, ankle and shoulder pain to eye strain and neurological problems. He is experienced at assisting clients with improving their walking mechanics, making for a more active and comfortable New York City lifestyle. Mark also enjoys working with students who want to explore the possibilities inherent in the Feldenkrais Method for general self-improvement (physical, mental and psychological), heightened awareness and an improved sense of well-being. For many years Mark was a professional actor and theater director and is well versed in tailoring the Feldenkrais Method to the needs of performing artists. He is a graduate of UCLA and Florida State University, is an expert rated skier and is enthusiastic about sharing his insights about how the Feldenkrais Method can be applied to improving everyone’s abilities. Read Mark’s Practitioner Spotlight interview here.

Margot Schaal

imageMargot graduated from the Marin II Feldenkrais® Professional Training Program in 2003 and is also a Certified Assistant Trainer of the Feldenkrais Method®. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and is a Reiki Master and Qigong teacher. Margot has practiced Feldenkrais in the US and Rwanda, teaching all ages, trades people, professionals, performing artists, athletes, seniors and disabled people. Guided by her gentle and supportive approach, her clients learn how to address issues related to stroke and other neurological conditions, accidents and orthopedic challenges, chronic pain and anxiety, helping them increase flexibility, balance, physical performance, and to enjoy their health and life more fully. Margot is a Senior Faculty Practitioner at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York, offering daily Functional Integration® sessions and a weekly Awareness Through Movement® class, plus occasional workshops in Northern California. Read Margot’s Practitioner Spotlight here.

Suzanne Ausnit

imageSuzanne Ausnit is a graduate of the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program of New York.  A full-time yoga teacher for the last 15 years, she uses the Feldenkrais Method to help students improve their balance, breath, mobility and overall co-ordination. She has also worked with students to reduce and eliminate back pain, shoulder, knee and hip issues and overall stress. She is passionate about teaching people how to actively incorporate the Feldenkrais Method into their daily lives so that they can be the “best” they can be.

She was an editor and journalist for 25 years, writing about health, food and travel.  A graduate of Duke University with a major in comparative literature, Suzanne speaks French, Italian and Russian.  Read Suzanne’s Practitioner Spotlight here.

Janin Gunderman

imageJanin Gunderman, BSN, RN, NP, MS; trained with David Zemach-Bersin and graduated from his Feldenkrais Professional Training program in June 2013. Janine holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from William Paterson College in Wayne, NJ and a Masters of Science from Columbia University in the area of Adult Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health. She worked as an RN and Nurse Practitioner in a variety of nursing positions including the Peace Corps, Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units and Adult Medicine Walk In Clinic in North Central Bronx Hospital. Since graduating the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program she has worked part time as a teacher for the Feldenkrais Foundation and assistant to the director of the Feldenkrais Foundation. Currently she is a part time practitioner at the Feldenkrais Institute.

Dorota Puchala

image Dorota graduated from the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program of New York. Originally from Poland, Dorota received her MS in Biology from the University of Gdansk. She then studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, earning her BFA in Fashion Design, as well as The New York Institute for Art and Design where she studied Interior Design. Dorota worked for twelve years as a fashion designer in New York, during which time she developed chronic back pain. In her search for treatment, she discovered the Feldenkrais Method, and a new career path was born. In addition to working as a practitioner at the Feldenkrais Institute, Dorota is also the resident Feldenkrais Practitioner at the Wellness Center of MindBodySoul Yoga Studio in Washington Heights. Dorota works with clients of all ages and professions, and is committed to helping people find their own individual path to improvement.