Elizabeth Strauss

Hi, I'm Elizabeth Strauss

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I'm a Feldenkrais® Practitioner in Bellevue, WA

I help people move with comfort and ease
through gentle touch and movement

Would you like to...

Would you like to...

•  Experience a greater sense of well-being and calm?
•  Improve or regain flexibility and coordination?
•  Find a sense of balance & stability?
•  Improve your posture?
•  Relieve pain and tension?

What is the Feldenkrais Method®?
The Feldenkrais Method® uses gentle movement and directed attention to help you become more aware of how you are moving. You will discover habits and tensions and explore new possibilities for how to organize yourself, often with a clearer sense of skeletal support.

During an individual Functional Integration® session, I will guide you with gentle touch and movement. The session will be tailored to your specific situation and goals. For example, you may be recovering from an injury, surgery, or a motor vehicle accident. You may be seeking new ways to move without pain. You may want to sit, stand, or lie more comfortably. Or your goal may be to walk with greater ease and stability. You may want to participate in particular activities, like swimming or playing a musical instrument, with less effort. The exploration may begin in a particular area, such as the shoulder, lower back, pelvis, hip, knees, hands, jaw, or feet. It also involves integrating your new discoveries into how you move your whole self so that you can function better in daily life. You'll be fully clothed, usually lying on a low table, or sometimes sitting or standing.

During a group Awareness Through Movement® lesson, I will provide verbal direction so that you can explore a slow, gentle sequence of movements in a range that is comfortable for you. Lessons may involve moving the head, shoulders, arms, legs, or pelvis, bending, rolling, twisting, reaching, and even eye and jaw movements. At the end of a class, participants usually experience increased vitality as well as a sense of well-being and calm.

ONLINE sessions are available.

The Feldenkrais Method® was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, physicist, mechanical engineer, and martial artist, based on principles of physics, biomechanics, learning, and human development.

“Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.”
— Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD

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"I was amazed at how light I felt after my session - as if I was walking on air. When I arrived I had a general feeling of heaviness and my right shoulder felt stuck and strained. You helped me find different parts of myself to assist in how I reached with my arm. You also spent time gently moving my ribs. As you worked I could feel my shoulder slowly letting go. It was a marvelous feeling to stand up and feel so weightless and walk away with my arms swinging freely by my side. I can't wait until our next session!"
- Sarah H

"I was flabbergasted. There is now absolutely no effort in standing erect and sitting at the computer. I haven’t been able to lift my arm even parallel to my shoulder and I can do that now and more."
- Kathy E

"This is the first time in years that my feet feel connected to my body. I feel like I’m moving the way my body was designed to move."
- Ken S

At the end of a session, standing less hunched over, he walked over to his wife and said: "I’m looking down at you now."
- Ulli S

"I used to walk like a penguin before I started seeing you; now I walk like a human being."
- Betty T

"After our session my pain dropped from 7 to 2-3!"
- Zahra S

"I slept through the night for the first time in months!"
- Elaine S

About Elizabeth

About Elizabeth

Here's my story about recovering from pain after a motor vehicle accident. My experience led me to become a Feldenkrais® Practitioner so that I can help YOU learn how to move with greater ease and have a more comfortable and active life.

I had been in a motor vehicle accident and had pain in my left hip and right shoulder. Treatments focused on one area, and when the pain in the other area got worse, the treatment focused on that area. The first time I had a Feldenkrais® session, I was told that it was not a problem with my shoulder OR my hip, but the relationship between the two and the organization of my WHOLE body -- not the isolated parts. The pain disappeared and I was able to sleep on my stomach again and turn my head with ease. Although I no longer have ongoing pain, I now realize that if I ever do experience any discomfort, it’s a reminder that I have choices about how to move more comfortably.

An avid swimmer, I also noticed that after experiencing the Feldenkrais Method®, I was swimming as fast as I swam 30 years previously and felt like I could swim effortlessly and with greater endurance.

In addition to being a Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM and IOPS (Ideal Organization and Profound Strength) Practitioner, I am a Licensed Massage Practitioner and Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist.

I also have a M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and have worked as a Process Improvement Coach, specializing in health care.