The Whole And Its Parts

Paul Senechko

I began my study of the Feldenkrais Method in 2004. At the time I was an avid yoga practitioner and I was studying to become a yoga instructor. During an "Anatomy for Yoga" workshop the teacher introduced a few "Feldenkrais-like" exercises and I was interested to know more. I purchased and read Dr. Feldenkrais’ books and was drawn in by his way of describing the inseparability between body and mind.

I began attending local Awareness Through Movement classes. I was intrigued by my inability to reconcile the ideas in his books with the seemingly unrelated movements we did during class. The effects I felt after the classes were undeniable. I would feel lighter or taller or more grounded or a combination of these and more. I wondered about how these changes occurred from doing these simple, small exercises.

I received individual Functional Integration sessions and immediately noticed huge changes in my yoga practice. Movements and postures that had been difficult for me were now easier and more available and new possibilities emerged.

I enrolled in the Institute for the Study of Somatic Education Professional Feldenkrais training as a way to increase my understanding and effectiveness in my study of yoga. I graduated in 2011 after 4 years in the training more intrigued than I was when I started. I began to teach Awareness Through Movement classes and give individual Functional Integration sessions in San Francisco. I became so deeply interested in the work that I stopped teaching and practicing yoga altogether.

I continue to study with my main teachers Paul Rubin, Julie Casson Rubin and Dennis Leri (R.I.P. 2016) all of whom were trained directly by Dr. Feldenkrais. I maintain a daily personal Awareness Through Movement study. I have studied all (550) of Dr. Feldenkrais' "Alexander Yanai" transcripts of public classes from when he taught in Israel (1950s through 1970s). I have also completed all available audio and video recordings of Dr. Feldenkrais' only two professional training programs in America (San Francisco 1975-1977 and Amherst 1980-1981).

I am currently part of a group that is editing transcripts and audio for Dr. Feldenkrais' 1975-1977 San Francisco training on behalf of the International Feldenkrais Federation (IFF). This was the first training program held in America and one of the three total that Dr. Feldenkrais personally taught.

I currently hold the rank of nidan (second degree black belt) in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. I also regularly practice Chen-style Taijiquan with Master Wong Wai Yi. I have a certificate of completion for my studies in Ericksonian Hypnosis, based on the work of Milton H. Erickson, from Milton H. Erickson Institute of the Bay Area. I hold a Master of Science in Engineering Management and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

I work with people of all backgrounds and ages who want to move more easily with less pain. And those who wish to engage in a process of self-discovery and improvement through movement.