Certified Feldenkrais Method® Teacher
Transform habitual physical and emotional postures to help you heal from illness and injury, improve range of motion, and reduce pain.
Receive three subtle, yet powerful Feldenkrais sequences to reduce tension in your body and improve your balance and vision (literally and figuratively!)
The way you physically move… is also the way you move through your entire life...
Your physical patterns and postures not only signal imbalances to your MindBody, they also affect your self-image and worldview. For example, tense or slumped shoulders may reflect, and then reinforce, feelings of unworthiness or fear...
This impacts your physical health too — constricting the breath, affecting the function of the heart, and more...
Where you hold tension in your body communicates volumes — signaling the influence of stress, injury, and illness in your MindBody and illuminating specific emotional pain patterns.
It’s NOT your muscles or joints that are causing your pain or discomfort — it’s the mixed messages your brain is giving and receiving as it tries to navigate old wounds, new fears, and constant chemical reactions.
What if, by simply changing the way you literally MOVE through the world, you could free yourself of everything from chronic pain to self-sabotaging habits to unhealthy emotional patterns and more?
In an exciting new virtual event, celebrated body language expert Lavinia Plonka will introduce you to the Feldenkrais Method…
These revolutionary practices harness the power of safe, subtle, sophisticated movements to teach you how to literally reorganize yourself — resulting in improved range of motion, reduced pain, and a fuller life.
As you’ll discover, your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and movements are closely interrelated — and influence each other in powerful ways.
Lavinia will guide you to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency — not through muscular effort, but through increased consciousness of how movement actually works.
You’ll open to the awareness of the link between your inner and outer worlds… and how your physical movements mirror your feelings about your sense of self, worth, value, and potential.
Begin a New Conversation With Your Brain & Nervous System
Stories continue to emerge about patients who, for example, have undergone surgeries and assumed they were perfectly healthy afterward. Yet they were (unknowingly) carrying the trauma of the actual surgery within their nervous systems, causing unexplained physical and emotional symptoms.
Although they had been under anesthesia during the surgery, their systems remembered the trauma...
When they realized they were holding onto the fear or pain stemming from the trauma of the surgery and worked through it using the Feldenkrais Method, they were able to release the trauma — and the pain they had been carrying disappeared.
We’ve come into a whole new understanding of the brain and nervous system — and it starts with awareness of the habitual postures and holding patterns in the body.
It begins with the way you carry yourself. Your posture and habitual tensions are the result of your brain constantly telling your body a particular story...
Through subtle movements, you can transform YOUR story, coming into heightened self-awareness, an expansion of your repertoire of movement, and improved functioning.
When your whole body cooperates in movement, and when maximum efficiency is achieved with minimum effort, you’ll unleash your powers of creativity, intuition, healthy sexuality, and more...
Welcome to the relationship you’ve been waiting for — your relationship with yourself.
In this 60-minute free online event with Lavinia Plonka, you’ll:
- Discover subtle, yet powerful somatic practices to help you heal emotional patterns, trauma, and chronic pain
- Unlock “emotional postures” that reinforce physical and emotional pain and negative self-image
- Discover how to rewire your brain, musculoskeletal system, and nervous system so you can move through life with less pain and more confidence
- Recognize the direct link between your inner and outer worlds — and that the way you move your physical body mirrors your feelings of self-worth, creative capacities, and worldview
- Develop awareness through movement to align your pelvis, ribcage, lungs, and heart for optimal health and healthy relationships
- Receive 3 healing Feldenkrais sequences to reduce tension in your body and improve your balance and vision — literally and figuratively
Sign Up Now to transform habitual physical and emotional postures to help you heal from illness and injury, improve range of motion, and reduce pain.
Experience the Feldenkrais Method® is a free online event now playing through The Shift Network. Choose your preferred date and time to access this online event with Lavinia Plonka.
What People Are Saying About Lavinia Plonka...
“... feeling taller, stronger, pain-free, and awakened...”
In practicing Feldenkrais, it looks and feels like you are doing next to nothing, yet the effects are profound. Taking Lavinia’s classes always leave me feeling taller, stronger, pain-free, and awakened to the potential of a better me. The power in the art of the subtle can’t be emphasized enough, and Livinia delivers it with fun, precision, and grace.
— Merina Ty-Kisera, LAc, DiplAc, Author of Acupressure with Essential Oils
“... free up our bodies, relax our minds, and open our hearts.”
Lavinia Plonka is one of the most engaging, brilliant, fun instructors I have ever experienced in any field. My students in the Florida Keys and I personally have benefited from Lavinia’s unique blend of somatic modalities that free up our body, relax our mind, and open our hearts. Lavinia’s profound understanding and easy-to-follow teaching of the Feldenkrais Method is refreshing, entertaining, and life-changing.
— Judy Greenman, Body Brain Freedom
“... unlocking the power of the Feldenkrais Method to free attention and create greater ease...”
Lavinia Plonka has an easy, understated teaching style that gracefully unwinds her vast formal and intuitive knowledge of the body and its metaphors, unlocking the power of the Feldenkrais Method to free attention and create greater ease — in our bodies and in our lives. If you have an opportunity to study with her, I recommend it.
— Mike Morrell, Co-founder of ReWilder and collaborating author with Richard Rohr of The Divine Dance
“Lavinia... helps you know your body in easy and accessible ways that lead to transformation.”
Lavinia is an engaging and expert movement teacher who helps you know your body in easy and accessible ways that lead to transformation. I’m consistently amazed at how small movements have huge effects.
— Leanne Cusumano Roque, President of Shine Like the Sun and author of the award-winning book, Live Light: Simple Steps
“I feel more graceful, flexible, responsive, and creative in my movement.”
Lately I’ve been appreciating the body awareness I’ve found in Feldenkrais. I feel more graceful, flexible, responsive, and creative in my movement. A few weeks ago on a VERY windy day I was just outside the grocery story when a gust blew a heavy portable sign right at me. I curved my body in a big arch and the sign zinged by, narrowly missing me. One observer said “Wow, that was martial arts!” I said “THAT was Feldenkrais!” Thanks Lavinia, my Feldenkrais guide!
— Yvette Odell, Musician
About Lavinia Plonka
Lavinia Plonka is a body language expert who has helped people improve their movement, behavior, relationships, and careers for over 35 years. Her unique expertise connects the dots between posture/movement, emotions, and the mind.
Lavinia’s training and professional career have included theater, dance, yoga, and the martial arts. She has taught the Feldenkrais Method for over 25 years and is also an Assistant Trainer. Lavinia is a level CL4 teacher of the Alba Method and an Emotional Body Instructor. She was an artist in residence for the Guggenheim Museum, and a movement consultant for theater and television companies around the world, from the Irish National Folk Theater to Nickelodeon.
From Esalen to the Council on Aging, from Beijing to Mexico, Lavinia’s popular workshops explore the intersection between movement, emotions, and the mind. She is currently the director of Asheville Movement Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Lavinia’s writing includes several books and audio programs.