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personMovement is life, life is a process.
Improve the quality of movement and you improve the quality of life itself.

—Moshe Feldenkrais

Jill Duran, GCFP

Over two decades of experience, expertise and ongoing education in movement studies and the equestrian arts

Jill first discovered the Feldenkrais Method® in 2002 while searching for relief from the aches and pains resulting from years of horseback riding.  Increased comfort and an improvement in her riding sparked an interest in learning more about the Method and the human capacity to heal. Jill completed a four-year Feldenkrais training program during which she experienced a sense of freedom—both in her thinking and in her movement.  This new-found awareness of her own potential led her to leave a successful career as an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area to open a Feldenkrais studio in Santa Cruz, California.  Jill currently  sees both humans and animals in her practice and continues to deepen her understanding of healing  and the Feldenkrais Method through advanced coursework and trainings.

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Photography by Rosalie O'Connor (www.rosalieoconnor.com) Copyright 2005, Rosalie O'Connor. Used with permission of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America

We all have habitual movement patterns arising from our life experiences, including injury, occupation, and trauma.  Although these events subside, many of the compensatory movement patterns remain.  Rather than “fixing” the body, the Feldenkrais Method® teaches how to expand our abilities and ranges of choice.
The Method is a form of neuro-muscular re-education developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, D.S.c. (1904-1984), a Russian born physicist, judo master, mathematician, engineer and educator who lived most his life in Israel.

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Above and above right: Photography by Rosalie O’Connor (www.rosalieoconnor.com) Copyright 2005, Rosalie O’Connor. Used with permission of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America

Photography by Rosalie O'Connor (www.rosalieoconnor.com) Copyright 2005, Rosalie O'Connor. Used with permission of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America

Who Comes to Feldenkrais?

Anyone young or old, physically fit or challenged…

Feldenkrais benefits people with chronic or acute pain or people who are looking to improve their physical or emotional potential.

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We turn not older with years but newer everyday.

— Emily Dickinson

find easier ways to embody your life, free from limiting beliefs and patterns

Feldenkrais, its not just for people!

Animals live and communicate in the moment, unobstructed by limiting thoughts, because of this inefficient movement patterns can quickly dissolve into more novel and efficient patterns offering improved functioning and quality of movement.animals-together-rev


Feldenkrais for Horses

Like us, horses develop habitual movement patterns arising from life experiences.  Injury, trauma, poor self-use, and aging can cause compensatory movement patterns that restrict function.  In addition, tissues can thicken into adhesions, interfering with proper function of joints and disrupting freedom of movement.

A Feldenkrais inspired session is tailored to the needs of the individual horse; through it one can establish, restore, or greatly improve movement.

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Feldenkrais for Dogs

Jill has had the opportunity to work with many wonderful dogs, from small to large.  Jill has worked with a variety of difficulties, including hip dysplasia, missing limbs, spinal abnormalities, and seizures, as well as, several working therapy dogs in need of a little “down time.”people-and-animals-mandala-small


Animals live in the moment.
They communicate in the moment.

Novel movement sequences
can quickly dissolve an
animal's inefficient
movement patterns.

The playful nature of animals seems to draw shy children
out of their shells.

Jill Duran | MoveDifferent | Santa Cruz, CA | 831 332-6532 | jill@movedifferent.com