Dear Matty, Aytan, and Andrea,
I really took your class for my own inner child (normal by cultural standards) and my old, and softening, rigid adult self. And I was drawn to it by your presence and how you shared information. Clear, slow, gentle, celebratory.
What I take away from your offerings is first and foremost the essential aspect of SLOWING DOWN which goes so much against our culture. This makes space for being silly/playing (rigid me contracts) with no pressure to achieve a certain result. A goal, perhaps, but no shoving toward it. And secondly, a calm and spacious caregiver/parent/teacher who knows how to celebrate (and name) just about everything. What you ARE doing, not what you aren’t doing, and then modifying if necessary. These learnings are so universal, aren’t they?
Here is a quote I came across yesterday! The synchronicities that are happening for me seem to include what I’m remembering/learning from your sessions.
Nature’s rhythm is medium to slow. Many of us live in the fast lane, out of nature’s rhythm. There are two things we can never do in the fast lane: we can neither deepen our experience nor integrate it.’ Angeles Arrien
Your classes touched so many parts within me. I feel enriched, expanded, and more integrated as a result. Thank you for your work in the world, and with the children and parents who benefit from your knowledge and presence. May your methods help change the world for one that includes everyone!
There’s always more to say, and I will stop here. Much appreciation.
Dear Matty, Etyan, and Andrea,
True love. Deep connections. Highly professional dedication. Miraculous transformations.
These were the things I was blessed to witness during The Moving Center’s intensive week in Germany. With their combined knowledge of 70 years working as Feldenkrais and ABM practitioners, Andrea Hennen, Eytan Lerner and Matty Sankary Wilkinson worked with 14 special kids and their parents in a way that allowed the children to produce the most astonishing outcomes.
The learning got further enhanced by a 2 days workshop where the parents got to experience some profound changes themselves created by a joyful mix of movement lessons, lectures and discussions. NeuroDevelopmental learning at its best.
I am so glad we managed to travel to Germany and finally get in-person lessons for Levana with The Moving Center. Such an incredible and inspiring team of practitioners! I got so many valuable insights from watching Eytan and Andrea working with Levana. “Working” doesn’t seem to be the right word though. It was pure joy and very emotional for me to watch the learning process unfolding during the lessons and noticing the changes afterwards. And of course, Levana finally got to hug the legendary Oscar – who himself is a four-legged practitioner and has an amazing effect on Levana. And the 2-day parent workshop was really amazing! Meeting and talking to other parents at the workshop was so heartwarming. I loved the part when we had all our kids there – I never thought I could feel so at home and relaxed among people I have never met. The connection through movement, voice and touch that we practised on each other and with our children was really powerful. Every time Andrea, Matty or Eytan spoke during the workshop, it was like they were speaking to me directly, knowing exactly how I felt and addressing all my anxieties. The guided movement lessons really got me to explore deeply connection to my own body and state of mind. It is incredible how I could not only stay awake during the 45minutes of very slow gentle movements, but become really attuned to myself and discover a part of myself I lost a long time ago. It was very emotional and eye-opening. It probably only makes sense to me, but I just cannot not share this soul-healing and enlightening experience for myself and for Levana. Thank you so-so much, Andrea, Eytan and Matty, for putting together this great week for us and all the families that were there!
I am a father to a 2.5 year old boy, who was born with few medical and developmental issues. The biggest issue is the fact that he was born with limited development of the right side of his Cerebellum, something we already knew during pregnancy.
After he was born we found out an asymmetry between the two eyes where the left one was located lower than the right one and hidden under the lower lid probably due to the Cerebellum.
Ever since he was born my wife and I tried numerous alternative therapies and methods to help him bridge the developmental gap as he was delayed compared to his age group. Among other things we have tried Osteopathy and chiropractic. I have to say that I did not feel that those therapists were able to connect and work with a one year old baby.
With time my son was catching some of the developmental stages but it was still unsatisfying to us.
A few months ago I came across a testimonial and recommendation of a mother in a FB parents group for kids with developmental issues. She was talking about Eytan Lerner who was working in Israel a few times a year upon families’ invitation, traveling from Canada where he lives.
This was the first time I was exposed to the NeuroMovement Method and the other modalities of the NeuroDevelopmental Learning Through Movement that Eytan Lerner uses in his approach to children.
In my first conversation with Eytan, he described and explained how he is working with both the parents and the child. I was impressed and we scheduled for a marathon of 5 days, twice a day lessons with my son. I began diving into the Feldenkrais and NeuroMovement world.
Eytan has a marvelous and natural approach to kids and he is very calm and patient.
Every session was about 45 minutes long and to Barry it was not simple as he really is in the habit out of his experience to object to the therapist or practitioner. Regardless of his habit, from one lesson to the next he cooperated a little more and after the session he was unusually tired and fell asleep. I heard from Eytan that it is expected since his brain was creating millions of new connections and this is energy consuming and tiring.
Changes and result we see:
The major changes we have noticed started already on the third day of working together with Eytan. He discovered his mouth and started uttering a new flow of syllables and vowels and consonants and started saying “Mother”.
We also notice big changes in his gait and balance while walking and standing. He was stumbling and falling a lot before and now it does not happen!! It seems that even if he is about to fall, he notices it and he is able to organize himself to stay upright.
His weak right leg is not so weak now and he even started using it to propel himself forward and climb up the stairs. My wife and I were amazed! The coordination between his feet and arms improved so much and he discovered the hands and uses them for gestures and pointing at objects – things he could not and did not do before.
One big and important change that has started emerging after the Intensive Week is that we can give direct instructions or forbid something like playing with the tablet and he won’t have a tantrum but quietly moves to a different toy or other interest — this was unimaginable in the past.
In a more personal tone I can say that I feel that I have been going through big changes myself out of these lessons. Eytan kept stressing the importance of understanding the process of learning by the parents and spent time coaching and equipping us with tools and ideas to create possibilities of learning for our son using day to day interactions with him.
As Eytan is now living abroad we plan to keep on working with him through Zoom sessions combined with him coaching professionals that will work with Barry.
I recommend all parents to children with difficulties to try the NeuroMovement and the NeuroDevelopmental Learning Through Movement approach and reach out to Eytan.
If anyone wants, I will gladly share my experience personally with you (Just ask Eytan and he can refer you).
A big thank you again, dear Eytan and we plan to see you in the winter when you come again.
I am so grateful for the two workshops that my daughter Levana and I have been able to attend with The Moving Center. Andrea, Matty and Eytan are such a great team with so much experience and such genuine interest in helping families and children, creating a really special experience and learning opportunity. I have learned so much every time in those 3 days, about myself and Levana. And there have been so many positive changes in Levana, our relationship and the family as a whole. I love that there is time during the workshop to talk about how I feel and what is happening in our life, then have a movement lesson for myself, which always helps me find my own balance. There is also a lesson for Levana, which is a great experience in itself as Andrea, Matty and Eytan have a wonderful way of connecting and seeing the opportunities that I wasn’t seeing before. And then to rewatch the lesson with them, hear their insights and reflect on and notice opportunities and changes. The first workshop really helped me realise how much more space I can give to Levana, and how it is ok not to know what future might hold for her, but be present in the moment with her without overwhelming her with my care and my ‘translations’ for her of what is happening. There have been so many shifts in Levana since the first workshop, as well as in me. We then continued building on it during the second workshop going deeper into how changes in ourselves can be powerful for giving our children opportunities for changing too. I love that the workshops are also very practical, with lessons for both me and Levana. Andrea, Eytan and Matty have an amazing way of conveying their thoughts in a clear and supportive way, which I find very empowering. Thank you so much! I look forward to continuing growing with you in my understanding and learning how I can help myself and support Levana in her unique learning journey too!