Monica Browne

About Monica Browne

Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner offering private classes, group classes, and workshops in Northern Virginia.

Options Beyond Pain Medications and Surgeries

Many people accept and expect limitations because they assume there are no options beyond pain medications and surgeries. Yet, thousands of people around the world have managed to avoid both. And, they actually improve and expand their movement possibilities. Participating in Feldenkrais Method®lessons, either privately, or in Awareness Through Movement® classes, can put you on the road to continuing progress.

Feldenkrais® lessons are not like traditional exercise or therapy. They offer a new way of learning about how you move, and how you move through life. So whether it’s playing music, hiking on a trail, or picking up your grandchild – the Feldenkrais Method can help you to create better quality in everything you enjoy.

For more information on classes, visit my Group Classes page.

Body Awareness is Key to Injury Prevention

Body awareness is key to injury prevention.
The more you move the better off you are.
You may ask, “what if the kind of movement you’re doing will become more difficult as you age?”
We often don’t think about the impact of our movements’ habits – how we hold tension in our neck or lower back, how inefficient we breath, how we shovel snow, or even how we run or do yoga. These ‘movements habits’ can contribute to aging dramatically. The dilemma is that old habits can become dangerous to our joints by overstressing ligaments causing strains, injuries, and tears in our muscle.
Body awareness is the key to preventing injuries. Nothing will protect your back or your knees more than having body awareness to know how to move in a protective manner. We need our brains to understand our limits when we exercise so that we do not strain our bodies into injury. Taking Feldenkrais classes will help you with that. These classes are also called Awareness Through Movement.
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Private Functional Integration Sessions in Herndon

Do you prefer more of a one-to-one experience of the Feldenkrais Method?

The private sessions that I offer are called Functional Integration®. They are one on one sessions with me and I use gentle, non-invasive touch and verbal instructions to guide you in a personalized movement process.

These functional integration private sessions are used to address individual needs. To do this, I may move your arm, legs, head and trunk in a way that enhances the awareness of movement. I may draw attention to elements such as your breathing or the difference between the two sides of the body.

I communicate to you through gentle touching and movement, and how to move in more expanded functional motor patterns.

Functional Integration is usually performed with the student lying on a table designed specifically for the work. It can also be done with the student in sitting or standing positions. At times, various props are used in an effort to support the person’s body configuration or to facilitate certain movements.

I offer Personal sessions at my Herndon Office. Contact me for details.

How to Move with Less Pain

Feldenkrais classes in  VirginiaHere’s a brief Question and Answer on How to Move with Less Pain:

How can I move with less pain? Try the Feldenkrais Method®!

What types of conditions are helped by this Method? Neurological, orthopedic, chronic pain and stress related conditions.

What are the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method®? Increased flexibility, coordination and balance; neck, back and joint relief; relief from headaches; improved athletic performance; circumvention of creative blocks.

Are the movements very difficult? The movements are gentle and involve no pain or strain. Most people can participate and benefit from the Feldenkrais method.

Will I notice any mental change in addition to a physical change? When you use the Feldenkrais method, often you will notice change in thought patterns when you change your movement patterns.

What are the different ways I can participate in Feldenkrais method sessions? Group classes, personal sessions, and workshops are available for people of all ages and abilities.

Feldenkrais Method in Herndon Virginia

Feldenkrais Method in Herndon VirginiaMonica Browne now holds classes using the Feldenkrais Method in Herndon Virginia and helps people of all ages learn to move more easily. Contact Monica to enrich your life and expand your abilities.

  • Learning new ways to move can be an essential addition to the treatment of neurological, orthopedic, chronic pain, and stress-related conditions.
  • Easier movement means greater comfort performing everyday activities at work or home, and greater skill in athletic and artistic pursuits.
  • As you expand your awareness of how you think, sense, feel, and move, the possibilities for personal improvement and human development are limitless.

Monica provides gentle, innovative lessons in the Feldenkrais Method that will allow you to observe how you move, notice unnecessary tension, and improve your overall coordination.

The Feldenkrais Method has helped

  • Musicians, dancers and actors
  • Athletes and fitness enthusiasts
  • Students
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Seniors
  • Anyone seeking to improve their quality of life.

I would love to help you, too, please don’t hesitate to Contact me.

Feldenkrais Guild of North America

The Feldenkrais Guild® of North America is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education, the certification and continuing education of practitioners, the protection of the quality of the Feldenkrais Method, and research in the Method’s effectiveness. The member practitioners work in a variety of settings, including clinics, universities, fitness centers, and private practice.

The Feldenkrais Method is a dynamic and fluid educational system based on self-organization and self-regulation in learning.By allowing persons to learn how their whole body cooperates in any movement, the Feldenkrais Method assists people to live their lives more fully, efficiently and comfortably.

What to expect at a FELDENKRAIS class with Monica Browne

So, you are thinking of taking a FELDENKRAIS classFELDENKRAIS class in Herndon, and you are wondering what to expect.

In this article, I break down the FELDENKRAIS classes into two types.

Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) lessons are taught to groups or individuals. I verbally guide you through a sequence of gentle movements. Usually you will begin by lying on the floor, but some ATM lessons may take place sitting on the floor or in a chair, or standing. Try to avoid eating heavily before your lesson (light snacks are fine), and dress comfortably for movement.

Functional Integration® (FI) lessons are taught to individuals. Dress comfortably for movement. Your lessons may begin with you sitting or lying on a special low, padded table. I guide you by communicating through a gentle, listening touch and movement, as well as with words. (Only Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners(cm) are authorized to teach Functional Integration lessons.)

In both ATM and FI lessons, you will become more aware of how you move in habitual ways. Each lesson helps you to explore alternatives that you might not have thought of otherwise. Through increased awareness, you learn to move with minimal effort and maximum efficiency. As Moshe Feldenkrais said, “We can… make the impossible, possible; the possible, easy; and the easy, elegant.”

What can the Feldenkrais Method® do for me?

  • Experience greater ease and grace in everyday movements
  • Experience more awareness of self
  • Improve breathing
  • Improve overall coordination
  • Reduce mental and physical stress
  • Enjoy life while “aging gracefully”
  • Improve performance in music, dance, acting, athletics, creativity
  • Experience alternative ways to carry out habitual actions
  • Improve posture
  • Improve self image

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The listing shows me as a GUILD CERTIFIED FELDENKRAIS PRACTITIONER(CM). My Client Focus is on Children’s Health, Men’s Health, Senior Health, and Women’s Health.

Health Conditions that I treat include, but are not limited to: Anxiety, Arthritis, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Autism, Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, Multiple sclerosis, Neck Pain, Pain, Rejuvenation, Stress, and Stroke.
This listing also shows the types of Feldenkrais Method Classes that I offer in Herndon, VA, which are: Awareness Through Movement® (ATM), and Functional Integration® (FI).