“Lisa is an extraordinarily gifted Feldenkrais teacher and bodyworker. Deep sensitivity and attunement are, to me, two of the gifts she has been given to share. She is also a very caring human being. When Lisa is working on my body I experience her listening from her depths and navigating my system in the way it responds best. I’ve seen her for various issues and always find that my body responds really well to how she works. I also attend Lisa’s group classes and they are one of my most cherished moments of the week. It’s like meditation in movement and has been teaching me how I obstruct the natural movement and ease of my body.”
–Janice, Executive Coach
“Fortunate am I (& my husband & other members of the community) that Lisa is available to make our bodies available and accessible to us. Her years of experience, study, exploration, her lively intelligence, love, beauty, and curiosity, are shared generously, gently, and thoughtfully with ANYONE who approaches her for Awareness Through Movement lessons OR Functional Integration one-on-one work. I have spent my long life responding to what works, what is effective, starting w/farming, ranching, agriculture and now working in the conflict resolution field. I laugh and realize that Feldenkrais’ genius is resolving unnatural, uncomfortable conflict in our bodies in order to function on all levels integrated with ease. After hard physical labor, close to professional squash playing, several auto accidents, and surviving violent crime, I was in so much physical pain that m.d.’s counseled to declare myself handicapped and numb out w/prescription drugs (medicate/give up). Thanks to affordable access to Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais and Lisa’s lessons, encouragement and guidance though for years I have a high quality of daily life, hope, and happiness. (Once I spent at least a year practicing & comparing it for results/”effectiveness” with qi gong, yoga, and tai chi; Feldenkrais LITERALLY scored “head and shoulders” above the other modalities in immediate, noticeable effectiveness). One of the best things is that it has an “infinite improvement” aspect. Bless Lisa Hueske and a handful of dedicated Feldenkrais practitioners who make this complete, highly original, complex but simple, direct work accessible to those who suffer, but yearn for health.”
–Rosiland, Conflict Resolution Mediator
“Having been in the world of yoga for some time now, I was looking for a more organic, fluid and inward exploration of movement. I was especially looking for my husband who had been experiencing challenges and pain in his body from work patterns. This led me to Lisa. After my husband and daughter had an initial session with Lisa, our whole family including both of our girls and our moms joined in. Lisa led a series of privates for my family that created both a sense of ease in atmosphere and within the body. It was fascinating to be guided through subtle movements that allowed my body to feel both more connected, whole and alive. The slow, rhythmic nature of movements lends itself to a very meditative quality. My husband has experienced a greater degree of body awareness through his day and an intuitive feel for how he can carry himself at work to be more at ease in his body. Lisa was skilled at guiding our family with gentle and clear instruction and often a willingness to explore and answer any questions we had after our practice. We look forward to continuing our exploration and we are thankful for Lisa’s skillfulness in introducing us to the world of Feldenkrais.”
–Sheila, Yoga and Meditation Instructor
“I am 77 years old. I have been a student of Lisa’s off and on (because of things in my life not anything to do with her) for almost seven years. I totally credit her with my current posture and the fact that I am able to walk and manage most of the physical needs in my life…..walking, carrying groceries, reaching for things, etc., etc., I keep the time of my Feldenkrais class open no matter what is going on! (ALMOST) I get to my class even on my BAD DAYS. As various ‘injuries’ have occurred she has helped my get over them and function while healing was in progress. I keep thinking of how much ‘better’ my life could have been if I had started this at 20 instead of 70!….But better late than never!”
–Laura, Retired Teacher
“Lisa and her Feldenkrais changed my life. Five years ago my shoulder pain was so bad I couldn’t open a door or hold a cup of coffee. I tried a year and a half of physical therapy, some acupuncture, yoga, Rolfing, had MRIs, steroid injections, and was about to have the nerves severed when I found Feldenkrais. After just a few visits I could feel things starting to shift. I kept with it and today I am 100% pain-free. I can not only lift my arm, but go rowing, do handstands and live my day to day life pain-free. Lisa’s understanding of body movement is incredible, and her personality is kind and professional. I highly recommend anyone experiencing pain to give her a try!”
–Aurora, Violinist and Orchestra Director
“I have benefited from a variety of therapies for physical wellness, including traditional physical therapy, massage, Pilates, Yoga – but none have even come close to offering the benefits I’ve gotten from Feldenkrais. By the time I found Lisa’s ATM classes, I had come to expect routine physical discomfort. It was just a part of life. There were things I could do to get temporary relief, but no lasting fixes. I was working hard (and sinking a lot of time and money) to try to feel better but was only feeling more discouraged and dependent on these short-term options.
Not only did Feldenkrais completely correct pain and discomfort, it allowed me a newfound mobility and access to muscles that had become weak and underutilized. I was able to move (and build strength) in ways I had never done before. I could finally do other physical activities that I enjoyed (yoga, riding my bike, etc.) with ease. To put it simply, Feldenkrais helped me reclaim my body. Anytime I’m feeling physically out of whack, I turn to Feldenkrais to get back to baseline.
It’s incredible to notice the profound shifts in the way I’m using my body throughout each session. What’s even better, those movements aren’t something I have to remember to do in my day-to-day life, my brain simply learned how to use my body differently and through this experiential knowledge, I just kept doing it – because it feels better!
I also credit Lisa Hueske with getting my body back. I’ve never had a provider so personally invested in figuring out what I needed to feel better. She is beyond patient, so curious, and has this playful attitude that make the sessions really enjoyable. Her knowledge of the human body along with a genuine person-centered approach is hard to find. In fact, working with her has drastically raised my standards for what I expect from providers.
Austin is lucky to have a handful of skilled Feldenkrais practitioners, and I would give Lisa my absolute highest recommendation.”
–Amanda, Social Worker
“Because of various chronic muscle and joint pains, I’ve worked with many, many types of practitioners over the years. Lisa stands out head and shoulders as one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with, someone who really transformed me. I watched her relieve and eliminate the years–long shoulder pain of my violinist friend (who’d tried physical therapy, rolfing, you name it) before going to her myself while recovering from hip surgery. I’d gone to various practitioners for the acute phase of surgery recovery (physical therapy, alexander technique, muscle activation technique) but then I plateaued and was stuck in a frustrating, mild pain pattern that wouldn’t go away. I remember crying with relief after a lesson with Lisa when I finally felt that I could move my frozen left shoulder again. Or taking a long walk and marveling that my hips felt connected to my spine in a way I didn’t realize was possible. I have pretty good body awareness, but when I was trapped in tension cycles I couldn’t break on my own, Lisa was the one who freed me.”
–Frances, Tech Writer, Musician
“I’ve heard about Feldenkrais through word of mouth. I’ve heard that it is amazing, but no one can really explain what makes it amazing. I finally decided to try it — I’ve been experiencing body tension and stress due to minor surgery. Lisa knew exactly what I needed and after the session, I felt incredible. Like I had a new body. It was magical and amazing. And really there are no words for it. I came in feeling like a tight knot and weighed down and left feeling loose and light. It was like day and night. Lisa is kind, thoughtful, intuitive, patient and a natural healer and so glad I was able to get a session with her. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. ”
–LNW, Pilates and Gyrotonic Instructor
“Lisa’s intuitive grasp of the Feldenkrais philosophy and method allows her to work at an extraordinarily subtle level to allow for the greatest potential during her Feldenkrais sessions. Lisa is very gifted and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wishes to have a truly classic Feldenkrais experience.”
“As a Feldenkrais Practitioner, Lisa has helped me regain flexibility and better health. Through her gentle practice and instructions, I have regular F.I. lessons and a home routine that allows me to unwind and regain a wider range of movement, especially in my shoulders, upper back and hips. I’m very grateful to know her and my body is continuously becoming more supple. My awareness of my ‘acture’ (versus posture) has improved also and most importantly I am kinder and gentler to my body. Lisa is a gift to the healthcare community and Feldenkrais is a great alternative to physical therapy.”
–Flo, Life Coach
“I sought Lisa out on the recommendation of my violin teacher, for help with pain and lack of mobility in my left shoulder and arm that I feared was going to force me to stop being able to play. Traditional physical therapy had not helped. A desk job hunched over a computer aggravated the problem.
Lisa’s ‘magic’ touch with the Feldenkrais method has greatly helped release the patterns of movement and tension that cause the problem. The pain is gone, and I have improved range of motion in my shoulder.
Lisa and the Feldenkrais method have also helped me to notice with precision how I hold and ‘use’ my head, neck, shoulders, arms, back and hips, not only when I’m playing violin, but also as I work and go about daily life. With this awareness, and some simple, easy movement exercises that Lisa has suggested, I can make my own changes to free up my playing, and to move around with more comfort, less tension, and more freedom.
I highly recommend Lisa and Feldenkrais method if you are among the many string players who experience pain or tension when playing, or if you’re experiencing pain from other repetitive motion or cramped postures, such as computer desk work. It’s been a great relief and a real eye-opener to learn a natural way to relieve pain and tension, and to have access to much more freedom in playing and moving.”
–Diana, Lawyer, Violinist
“First let me say, Lisa puts so much care into her work. She is thoughtful, kind and considerate – a lovely lady. Equally as important, she is a highly skilled practitioner with a thorough knowledge of the Feldenkrais method.
My first visit to Lisa occurred because my back was hurting so much I could barely walk. After one hour, I walked out feeling 100% better. I so appreciate that her work is non-invasive yet immensely effective. I recommend Lisa highly.”
“My first introduction to the work of Dr. Feldenkrais was sometime in the mid or late ’70s when I attended a one day Awareness Through Movement workshop along with two good friends. Being so long ago, I remember little of the details of the workshop, except for one thing that I remember clearly as if it were yesterday. After one particular lesson done lying on the floor, when I stood up, I was standing so effortlessly straight that I could not understand how such a dramatic change could have happened. My friends were astonished and commented about the obvious change. Although there were many participants, I felt that the workshop leader must have tailored that lesson particularly with my terrible posture in mind. At the end of the workshop, I mentioned that to him, with gratitude, and he confirmed my suspicion.
Some years later, I was still struggling with poor posture. To make matters worse, I had been working for several years in an office, tied to a desk for long hours. I somehow or other heard about Cynthia Allison, who had completed Feldenkrais training and was starting to practice in Austin. I started seeing her regularly and continued to do so for quite a few years. She was wonderful and I just cannot express how much she helped me over the years. Every lesson I had with her was unique and profound. The feeling I often have after a lesson (Functional Integration) is so difficult to describe. For me, it borders on mystical at times. Allison, as she was called, moved away from Austin to my disappointment.
After some time of missing the benefits of regular Feldenkrais work, I decided to see Lisa. Before Allison left Austin, she had recommended her as someone who would work well with my particular issues. I was surprised to experience quite a difference in style between the two practitioners, yet the effects of the lessons remained the same. For me, there is just nothing to compare with the Feldenkrais Method. Although I have seen Lisa regularly for several years, every lesson is completely novel and absolutely never fails to leave me feeling profoundly better walking out than walking in. Although I have read much of what Dr. Feldenkrais wrote, I still understand very little of what it is that she does. Sometimes Lisa works in such a subtle manner that I can barely imagine anything is happening at all – then – seemingly out of nowhere comes change, often dramatic, sometimes more subtle, yet there is always an enhanced feeling of organization, greater ease of movement and a feeling of well-being. On days where I arrive with some particular distress, there is always the experience of relief which is sometimes quite dramatic. My wife has also seen Lisa quite a few times. She says Lisa has the hands of an angel with which I wholeheartedly agree.”
–Harvey, Retired Government Employee, Meditator