Regain the pleasure and joy of doing the activities you love with less pain and more natural, flowing, effortless movement.
soon – ya’ – ta:
limitless, unbound, spacious, open, infinite
You’ve got nagging pain or stiffness, are dealing with injury, and are losing faith in your body, thinking it’s just part of getting older.
The things you used to love doing just aren’t quite as enjoyable anymore.
It doesn’t have to be that way. I can help you.
- learn how to help yourself get out of pain, drug-free
- improve the quality of your movements
- improve your posture (or as Dr. Feldenkrais would say, your “acture”)
- feel younger and more capable
- live life more fully
About Gisele St. Hilaire, Certified Feldenkrais® practitioner
I’m Gisèle, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® practitioner (since 2001) and Assistant Trainer. I’m the founder of Sunyata Movement Studio Inc.
I love helping people like you learn to move better, trust their senses, deepen their self-awareness, and access their inner potential for flowing, effortless, natural movement.
I love doing this work because in helping people feel better, develop their ability to learn and grow in self-awareness as embodied, moving beings, I’m helping people live fuller, richer lives. I’m helping people live their dreams.
I believe a world filled with more people living their dreams – their potential – is a better world.
Movement is life. Without movement life is unthinkable.
As a person who has spent his whole life completely ignoring his body’s signals and using lazy postures when sitting or standing, Gisele’s “Awareness through Movement” sessions have been a revelation. Actually taking the time to listen to your body and isolate different parts to feel the motions and the strains, it is amazing how many bad habits you discover, and how you will let parts of your body atrophy, making the other parts do all the work.
This is not intense physical workouts. It is gentle and done at your pace in your comfort zone.
It is as much (if not more) about teaching your nervous system to turn on the right switches as it is about actual physical movement.
Now when I lift up my old heavy dog or lift up my coffee cup, I try to notice what my body is doing and, as Gisele says, now think of doing it more smoothly, with less effort.
I look forward to continued lessons and continued “light bulb” moments as I turn my head without stressing my neck, or bend over without straining my back, and countless other movements we take for granted at our peril.
~ Grant Skene, Math Teacher, Winnipeg, MB.
I’ve helped thousands of people experience the delight of moving with effortless power and flowing grace.
Above: Gisele teaching FeldenkraisⓇ practitioners in training, Perth, Australia
Over 25 years ago I completed a degree in physiotherapy. Within the first year of my practice, I knew I wanted to offer my clients more. I wanted to go deeper, to the root causes of inefficient, uncomfortable, unskilled movement habits I saw in my clients and myself (no one is perfect!).
In all my university studies, all the extra courses, seminars, and workshops I took as a physiotherapist, nothing seemed to quite get at the root of human action’s complexity.
Then I came across the Feldenkrais Method®.
Through this method, I’ve been of much greater service to the clients I work with than ever before.
Feldenkrais is Different
Instead of looking at you through a therapeutic lens, figuring out what is “broken” and “fixing” it, you are viewed through a “learning” lens. I deeply believe what Dr. Feldenkrais knew: “Everyone is functioning perfectly —- given their perception of choices.” I don’t believe you are “broken. ” I believe that you can expand your perception of choices, learn, and expand your repertoire of ways of moving and acting in the world.
With the understanding and knowledge to help you learn to trust your senses and know how and what to pay attention to, I can help you move with more comfort, ease, grace, and power.
By guiding your attention and moving in ways that inform you of what you are actually doing, not only what you think you are doing, exploring novel ways of moving and using the power of your brain where all action is co-ordinated, using information-rich, hands-on movements and informative sensation, accessing your natural intelligence — real, tangible, deep and lasting change can be yours.
It’s neuroplasticity in action. You can move as nature meant! With more power, ease, and grace.
Using the Feldenkrais Method® I work with people in three ways:
- Functional Integration ® Lessons: Hands-on, one-on-one private lessons. Watch a video.
- Awareness Through Movement® Lessons: Group classes and workshops where you are verbally guided through ingenious movement lessons.
- Home Study Programs: Awareness Through Movement workshops I’ve created so you can learn on your own. Check out my Home Programs Here.
What makes the Feldenkrais Method different? Learn more here.
Experience it for yourself now!
Experience the delight of moving better, more comfortably, and more easily.
When I’m not working or studying to become a better practitioner, you’ll likely find me outside either working out, walking the dogs, taking care of a huge yard and garden or just chilling with family. True, in the winter here in Winnipeg, Canada I won’t be outside as much. Instead, I’ll probably be geeking out, listening to some science podcast while cooking, or reading science and/or philosophy books.