An Experienced Feldenkrais Method Practitioner And Trainer Based in Northern California
Mary Spire is an experienced teacher and trainer of the Feldenkrais Method ®. A Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner cm, she has been actively teaching since graduating in 1987 from the Feldenkrais Foundation Training and, for the last 15 years, has served as a trainer in Feldenkrais® Professional Training Programs worldwide. Her passion is sharing her knowledge and expertise with others; she loves helping others to improve their lives and functioning and, in the words of Dr. Feldenkrais, to realize their “avowed and un-avowed dreams.”
Mary holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California and performed for many years. As a musician, she brings to her practice first-hand knowledge of the challenges and difficulties that performers face. She has taught Feldenkrais to musicians at the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Francisco, Boston University, McGill University, State University of New York, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Mary also taught the Feldenkrais Method ® at the San Francisco Symphony’s successful Prevention & Wellness Program for 18 years. She has presented and taught aspects of the Method in hospitals and to hospital staff, including those of the Physical Therapy Department at UCSF School of Medicine.
In addition to offering frequent workshops, lectures and symposia, Mary maintains private practices in Berkeley and San Rafael, California, where she not only offers group classes, but also specializes in working one-on-one with infants and children, older adults, people with neurological conditions and performing artists.
The Feldenkrais Method
Developed by Israeli physicist Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, this method is a highly sophisticated approach to accessing the power of the nervous system to improve human functioning. In a gentle and safe way you will increase your mobility, reduce habitual and unnecessary stress on your body, and increase your vitality. This method teaches you how to mobilize your own capacity to learn and change. It is of value to people with a wide range of neuromuscular conditions-from cerebral palsy, stroke, and multiple sclerosis to back, neck, and shoulder pain-as well as for musicians, athletes and others wanting to improve their performance.
Quotes About Mary Spire and the Feldenkrais Method
"Thank you for a superb first training session in the Feldenkrais Method. You are a topnotch teacher, and so real and available. More than ever, I feel open, relaxed, and at one with my feelings and my body. As a musician, this is very important to me. My neck, shoulders, and spine have never felt so supple and unified. I have more mobility as a violist than at any time during the last ten years, and am enjoying a new appreciation of how I practice."
"Mary is more than an experienced Feldenkrais instructor. She is sensitive, caring and perceptive about each person she works with. She is innovative and challenged to find solutions, even with the most difficult and challenging problems. I enjoy having the opportunity to work collaboratively with her in the care of our common patients."
- Nancy Byl, PH.D., PT, UCSF School of Medicine
“I am a Traumatic Brain Injured patient of Mary Spire’s. I was severely injured by a bike accident in June 2012. Mary is an expert/experienced Feldenkrais instructor. She has helped me relearn how to walk. Her instructions started with safe, basic moves in a chair. When I was ready, practices became more advanced. Using Mary Spire's gentle exercises has helped my brain synapses to re-knit and fire more accurately. I now walk with much more fluidity than when we began 6 lessons ago. I now walk adequately without using a wheelchair, walker or cane. Each morning, for about 15 minutes, I begin by warming-up with Mary’s basic Feldenkrais exercises. This results in my walking movements being enhanced and a much more positive start of my day. I highly recommend Mary Spire's Feldenkrais treatments. She is known by me as "Mary Inspire" due to her notably helpful instructions.”
- Michael Buckley
"Mary's expertise in the Feldenkrais Method along with my home use of her easy-to-follow audio taped movement lessons combined to help me where conventional medicine had failed. I have achieved a dramatic reduction in neck muscle spasms caused by dystonia, a neurological disorder. I cannot express my appreciation enough."
- Joanne Volponi, Chemist
"Professional Feldenkrais Method practitioner serving San Francisco, Berkeley, Albany, San Rafael and other cities within Northern California."