Specializing in Teaching Pain-free Pleasurable Movement
Cynthia Birney, Movement Specialist and Feldenkrais® Teacher, PORTLAND, OR
Cynthia Birney is a movement specialist with extensive experience providing healing for chronic and acute pain. Her life long practice in movement improvement has included helping people in chronic and acute pain, individuals suffering from various neurological impairments, accident and trauma survivors, dancers, performers, athletes and musicians.
Cynthia’s gentle and potent work is of great benefit for a wide range of conditions, including sciatica, arthritis, whiplash, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder, stenosis, plantar fasciitis, pain from accidents or surgeries, neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, MS, Parkinsons and PTSD pain.
There are many symptoms that can be effectively helped by Cynthia’s work, such as neck, shoulder and back pain; hip, knee and foot pain; hand and wrist pain; and any kind of chronic pain anywhere in the body. Other symptoms that respond to this work are often related to pain, such as fatigue, depression and a reduction of enjoyment in daily activities.
Both private sessions and public lessons can offer immediate, beneficial changes for the student looking for relief from chronic or acute pain. Each kind of lesson, whether private or public or both, has its own potency in creating pain free, pleasurable movement.
The Feldenkrais Method® is a remarkable muscular-skeletal reeducation that reduces or completely eliminates pain while creating a vibrant awareness of effective, pleasurable movement, sensing and thinking in our everyday lives. It is grounded in a deep understanding of neurophysiology, brain plasticity, the principles of physics and bio-mechanics, empirical studies of learning and human development. The method is named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984), a renown physicist, judo expert, mechanical and electrical engineer, and educator.
This work activates the inherent intelligence of the body to shift toward deeply powerful, natural patterns of movement. The student effortlessly remembers lost or forgotten ways of moving and regains vibrancy of intention and action. The result is a reduction or complete elimination of pain, an increase in overall well-being, and a greater understanding of more effective and enjoyable possibilities for moving. Life opens up as greater awareness in sensing, feeling, thinking and moving become a gratifying part of daily activities.
"I met Cynthia Birney through the cancer support center. The aftermath of my reconstructive surgery and other injuries have left me with some movement limitations. Cynthia’s vast knowledge and supportive nature have combined to help me improve all my functional movements. Cynthia is great at creating a safe and fun learning environment in which great progress can be made. I feel very lucky to have studied with her and only wish I had found her earlier.”— S.V.M., Los Angeles, California
“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 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, M.D., author of Spontaneous Healing