ABOUT ME

Olivia CheeverThe desire to study and practice the art of healing is deep and strongly rooted in my heritage, and in my heart. I was raised in a family where many chose to serve in the field of medicine, and from the time I was a young girl, I was fascinated by the world of healing, as it was practiced by different peoples and in many different ways. My grandfathers and my great grandfathers were all medical doctors, and my grandfather, Augustus Thorndike, was, like me, particularly interested in the pain free use and optimal functioning of the physical body. He researched and authored one of the first texts in Sports Medicine: Athletic Injuries: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment (Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger,3rd ed. 1950) during his tenure as Harvard University's team doctor.

With this legacy, I seriously considered medical school, but soon realized that I could contribute more through a less conventional, but still rigorous approach. And so I chose the Feldenkrais Method. I have blended this methodology with my training and experience in psychotherapy and massage therapy to create the skills and expertise I most use today in my work as a holistic body centered practitioner.

“Self-knowledge through awareness is the goal of re-education. As we become aware of what we are doing, the way to improvement is wide open to us.”Moshe Feldenkrais

“Feldenkrais represents a revolution in human health.” —Smithsonian Magazine

“After just a few moments of the Feldenkrais exercises, people often find themselves, as if by magic, easily doing things with their bodies that they never thought possible.” —New Age Magazine

“I have long been intrigued by this subtle form of retraining the nervous system, which I recommend to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, fibromyalgia, or chronic pain. I find it [The Feldenkrais Method] to be much more useful than standard physical therapy. I also believe that the Feldenkrais Method can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.” —Andrew Weil, MD, Author of Spontaneous Healing and Natural Health, Natural Medicine

“This is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function. We're condemning millions of people to a deteriorated old age that's not necessary.” Margaret Mead, PhD, Anthropologist

Feldenkrais Awareness Through MovementBones for Life
and Leadership Embodiment Multi-Session Classes

 
 

Enjoy learning easy, gentle movement sequences that can help increase

your flexibility, improve your posture, and enhance your sense of

Vitality.

The Feldenkrais Method® of movement education benefits an unusual range of people, from athletes

and musicians looking for performance finesse to anyone who would like to function with more efficiency

and ease in everyday tasks.

The Bones for Life® osteoporosis prevention component of the class strengthens bones, aligns the

spine, and puts back the spring in your step.

Learn Mindful Movement and Concentration Practices from Leadership Embodiment: Aikido-based

Mindfulness Somatic Program of Wendy Palmer. How the way we sit and stand can change the way we

think and speak.

Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes suitable to move around in.

 
 

Change Your Brain, Reduce Your Pain and Lower Your Stress: 
A Class to ENJOY Yourself!

 

Befriend Your Body the Feldenkrais®, Bones for Life®, and Leadership

Embodiment Way

This class promises you a way to:

  • Mindfully slow down and sense yourself especially when under pressure
  • Move from Reactive to Centered states while compassionately relating to yourself and others
  • Easily discover new intriguing ways to move while gracefully weeding out and eliminating
  •  unnecessary effort
  • Artfully choose moving with pleasant sensation while playfully improving flexibility,
  •  coordination, and balance

LocationThe Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay Street, Westwood, MA 02090

Fall Schedule: 8 Thursday mornings: To be announced.

Time: 9:15 - 10:45 am

Cost: $250 for 8 weeks prepaid (save $30)
Pay as you go at $35/session

Pre-requisite: Permission from instructor.

Registration: to come when schedule is announced.

Research shows that 70% of communication is nonverbal. Learning to align what is being communicated verbally, physically and energetically creates a unified and magnetic message that is clear and powerful.

Fundamentals courses are an opportunity to get to know our “signature” stress patterns without story or content. In the LE model we study how our physical and energetic systems organize under pressure and we offer simple practices that shift our systems to a more skillful state so that we can choose how we want to respond to a situation.

Through simple physical exercises that apply light pressure, we are able to recognize the patterns that arise when we are under pressure.  Once we are familiar with our pattern, we apply centering practices to help us shift to a more creative, compassionate and skillful state.  Working in pairs, we chunk down learning exercises to create a lasting somatic imprint in the body.  Individual debrief and group discussions create a dynamic learning container.