do I construct a lesson with what I know now?
can I access what I know effectively?
can I hold the two notions that what I know is enough and more learning
is needed, without feeling conflicted and paralyzed?
can I use “not knowing” to my advantage?
do I find the simplest solutions?
does my touch feel like?
I communicate what I want through my touch?
don’t I get the same results as the teacher, even though we
seem to do the same “move”?
the years of mentoring students and new practitioners, I found that
the anxiety associated with these common questions prevents us from
finding solutions. Having a mentor in the beginning of practicing,
which is a crucial time for establishing one’s own “handwriting”,
can eliminate years of frustration and growing self-doubt. Frustration
can be a healthy part of learning, but an excess amount of it can
be “parasitic” and damaging. We all need help in identifying
which is which.
mentor, I help practitioners find the place where nothing else exist
but them and the client. I share with them my process candidly, and
witness their own. I create an atmosphere that is free of pretense,
where there is a deep respect for every question, no matter how silly
it may sound when pretense is present.
I let my students give me lessons and try to provide the most pertinent
feedback, which in my estimation has a chance of being integrated.
I watch them giving lessons to others, including ATM lessons.
Here is what some of the people I mentored
have to say:
“It was invaluable to me to receive an FI movement from
an excellent teacher like Aliza, and then to immediately practice
the movement on her, while receiving her coaching and feedback...feelings
of confusion and ineffectiveness when doing an FI were gone...I was
beginning to understand the reasons behind the movement...Aliza helped
me to set aside the preconceived ideas I began with, which got in
the way of my understanding and effectiveness. My appreciation of
the Feldenkrais Method was deepened and broadened by this tutorial.”
Jon Levy - Mid Atlantic
Training Program Student
have been studying with Aliza Stewart since 1992. She approaches her
work with a clarity that is rare to find. Aliza has the ability to
be with her students right where they are and then to explore the
possibilities for enhancing functional potential. This learning environment
that she creates provides a vital key to sustained learning.”
- Mary Young, PT, GCFP
was the continuity assistant trainer in my training and her guidance
was invaluable. After graduating, I participated, and still do, in
a study group led by her. Her willingness to share both her superior
knowledge and her uncertainties, and to treat us as equals in a shared
quest, has boosted my confidence and allowed me to grow as a practitioner”.
- Heidi Menocal, dancer,