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Maureen McHugh, Feldenkrais Practitioner 
Group Classes and Individual Sessions in the
Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education

  Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia USA

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Hi, my name is Maureen McHugh. I am a Feldenkrais Practitioner and teach the Feldenkrais Method. Thank you for visiting my site. 

Are you looking for help with something that is going on in your body? For instance, do you have pain? Or, do you have a feeling of restriction in what you like to do? Or what you have to do? This is the problem side of life. 

Then there is also the opportunity side. Are you looking to develop in a certain way? A new dimension somehow? 

“Yes” means that very likely I can offer something that will be useful and interesting to you. Please check out your options.


  Spring 2015  

 Group Classes


Dear Reader,

I made this web site years ago with software that was very good at the time but has been for several years no longer supported. Things have been going on fine, but now, with the march of time, no longer fine. I can no longer make updates. :-)

A new web site is in the works.

In the meantime, here is information about my Spring classes. They follow the same pattern as described below for the Winter session.

Intro class. April 7
$14 for Arlington County residents. $34 for non residents

Tuesday classes begin. April 14
Thursday class begins: April 19
10 sessions.
$140 for Arlington County residents. $160 for non residents

If you wish, I can email or snail mail you a flyer with full details.

Please contact me by email:


Like this but omit the Z:

Or call or text: 703 751 2111

Thanks for your patience while I prepare the new site.



  Winter 2015  

 Group Classes


This Winter, as in previous Quarters, I am offering 3 group classes per week. Two are on Tuesday evening and one on Thursday in the early afternoon. The Tuesday evening classes are at 5:10 and 7:20; the Thursday at 1 pm. The Tuesday classes continue to be held at Barcroft. The Thursday classes are at Fairlington.

There is an Intro class on Tuesday, January 13 at 7:20 pm.

Regular series classes begin on Tuesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 22. There are 9 classes in each series.

These are all through Arlington Parks & Recreation. Besides providing the space, they handle registration.

I am also offering a one-time workshop on Better Posture. It will be held at the Walter Reed Center on Saturday, January 17 from 2 - 5 pm. (This was originally planned
to be held at Barcroft.)

Phone registration: 703 228 4747

Online registration: ArlCo Online Registration

Please follow this link for full schedule details:
Winter 2015 Group Class Schedule


"The Practice of Making Connections"

What is it like when you turn your head? How much of you participates in turning? When you limit turning to your head, how far can you see and how do you feel. As you add other parts, for instance the shoulders and arms, how does your ease and range of motion increase?



How to participate

You can take Individual Sessions or Group Classes, or both.
If you cannot travel, I may be able to come to you.

We can also Skype.

Away dates

I am taking off the last week in August to attend our Annual Conference.


Individual Sessions

Location What happens Making an appointment

Individual Sessions take place in my office in the Landmark section of Alexandria.

You remain dressed while I guide you through touch and verbal instruction.

To make an appointment, you can book online, telephone or send me an email.

You can see my openings and book online

by clicking on this button:


or by following this link:

Maureen McHugh, GCFP
Landmark Tower
101 S. Whiting Street #306
Alexandria, VA 22304

We may work on my table, on a chair, on a mat on the floor, or at my ballet barre.
We can also Skype: maureen.mchugh173

Regular Individual Sessions last 50 minutes. 
I also offer a Long Session: 75 minutes.

Beginning September 1, 2014 my fees are:
50 minute session: $115
75 minute session: $175

Before September, $110 and $165 respectively.

Or you can telephone:

703 751 2111

or Send me an email



Group Classes

Location and Registration   What happens

Group Classes take place in south Arlington at the Barcroft Sport & Fitness Center.

You register through Arlington County

You will explore interesting movements while, most commonly, lying on the floor. Part of the time, though, you will work in other positions, such as standing, sitting, kneeling or walking.
Each class lasts an hour.

The process is gentle, explorative and self-reflective -- "What's it like in this moment to do this?"


Home Health

Home Health. If you are unable to travel and live within a half hour's drive of Alexandria, VA and we can match schedules, I will come to you.

For a 50 minute session, I charge twice the rate of an in-office Individual Session, $220.



Who can benefit?

Who can benefit

Everybody. People in pain. People who want to explore something new. People who want to avoid surgery. People who want to improve their quality of life. People who want to have more self-confidence.
Athletes. Musicians. Artists. Runners. Walkers. Singers. Pianists. Violin players.

What conditions can it help with?

Pain and limitations  of all types.

Back pain, neck pain, wrist and hand pain, knee pain, ankle and foot pain; all the pains in the muscles and joints.
Poor posture. Lack of balance. Tendency to Fall. Scoliosis. Needing to become more flexible.
Thoracic outlet syndrome, brachial plexus syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injury, herniated disk.
Spinal cord injury, ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, recovery from stroke, Cerebral Palsy

It helps improve

Awareness of self. Coordination. Relaxation. Efficiency of movement. Ease of movement. Balance. Breathing. Posture. Flexibility. Strength.

It helps develop

Mind-body connection. Adaptability of mind and body. Biological optimism.

For some examples

Success Stories    Who Can Benefit    Case Studies.   
My reviews on Google Maps (follow link and then type my name)


About the Feldenkrais Method

What is the Feldenkrais Method?

 The Feldenkrais Method is a way for you to explore, in depth, how you move. It has two forms, individual and group.
    The overall aim is very broad: to help you increase your awareness of yourself, and especially of how you move, so that you can accomplish the goals that are important to you.
     The teaching follows several themes. You explore coordination of movement. You learn more about anatomy. You review some concepts of physics. You explore what it means to relax. And, on a wider level, which can get really interesting, you learn more about you -- about how you express yourself through your physicality.

For whom is the Feldenkrais Method good?

The Feldenkrais Method is good for everyone. But if you are like most people who seek it out, three things are true:

1) You are in pain, or feel restrictions in movement.
2) You have already tried more familiar approaches, and you have received some benefit, but not all the benefit that you believe is possible.
3) You are willing to trying something new.


Food for thought

Here are two quotes from Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the Feldenkrais Method. In case you are wondering how to pronounce his last name, it rhymes with "rice".

"In poor posture the muscles are doing a part of the job of the bones."

"An action becomes easy to perform and the movement becomes light when the huge muscles of the center of the body do the bulk of the work and the limbs only direct the bones to the destination of the effort."

Moshe Feldenkrais.
Awareness through Movement
Page 68, page 91.


Wellness in Motion

Feeling well when you move and naturally expressing the vitality of your life in movement.


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Some readings
Winter 2015 Essay


"The Practice of Making Connections"

What is it like when you turn your head? How much of you participates in turning? When you limit turning to your head, how far can you see and how do you feel. As you add other parts, for instance the shoulders and arms, how does your ease and range of motion increase?


Fall 2013 Essay  

"The reason for doing them"

What is the purpose of the Feldenkrais movements?

My senior colleague Sheryl Field gives a good reason and a personal story to back it up.


Summer 2013 Essay
"Present in the Moment"

This is a story about a special moment at the beginning of a group class in June.

1 May 2013 "Week of Wisdom, Wellness"

A reporter for the reports on his first, very positive experience with a Feldenkrais group class.

Spring 2013 Essay  "Regaining comfort and ease through a more complete experience of self"
Winter 2013 Essay "The Luxury of Looking Inward"
Fall 2012 Essay


 "What happens -- when you knock a spoon off the counter? It's a question of dexterity."

Spring 2012 Essay "Where the spine can surrender"
Winter 2012 Essay "Raising your arm"
Fall 2011 Essay "Can Feldenkrais help me with my balance?"
One of my stories has been published.

11/1/2010. I am happy to report that one of my essays was selected to be included in the Fall 2010 issue of SenseAbility, the quarterly newsletter of our national organization.

 Here it is as a separate article on our national web site: "Making Space for the Unfamiliar"

And here is the whole issue: SenseAbility Fall 2010


Marek Wyszynski

One of my colleagues, Marek Wyszynski, PT, GCFP, has written a paper that has just been published in The Pain Practitioner, the quarterly magazine of the American Academy of Pain Management, based in California.

"The Feldenkrais Method for People with Chronic Pain" is a brief, clear, warm-hearted overview of the Feldenkrais Method as applied to relieving pain. You will find it through the above link on pages 56 - 61. Congratulations, Marek.

One of my colleagues in New Zealand, Cindy Allison, has written a 32 page booklet about how the Feldenkrais Method is helping people recover from Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Her booklet is clear, thorough and inspiring.

Improving Sensory Motor Function after a Spinal Cord Injury

Paper on balance

In July 2009 I wrote a paper on the Mechanics of balance.

In seven pages, with many pictures, I show how I look at movement and balance. The fundamental idea is that there are three axes of rotation. We move within these circles. In any gesture, to be in balance the circles have to counterbalance each other.

The web site of Andrew Weil, MD has a nice overview article on Feldenkrais: Weil on Feldenkrais


How the Feldenkrais Method is new

1)  Recently created. It was created in the past century by Moshe Feldenkrais. He lived from 1904 - 1984 and was a pioneer in thought, action and education. (His last name rhymes with "rice".)

2)  Only slowly becoming known. The Method is hard to explain and, so, does not lend itself well to advertising. Instead, it grows by word of mouth. 

3)  Training, rather than treatment.  It is not a treatment method, where the professional is active and the client passive, but a training method, where the responsibility for progress is shared.

4) A systems view. It takes a whole-person, systems-level approach. In particular, it is based on a deep understanding of how the body parts coordinate to create a whole action.

5) A search for progressive improvement. Progress comes about by progressively refining how you move.

6) A vista that always enlarges. For many people, participation in the Method is a way to first recover from discomfort and then progress to higher levels of functioning.

7) The big power is awareness. The Method demonstrates that cultivating awareness is the high road to growth.

My Locations

Individual Lessons.
In a high rise in the Landmark area of Alexandria:
Landmark Tower, 101 S. Whiting Street #306, Alexandria, VA 22304

Group Classes.
In an Arlington County gym in south Arlington:
Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA 22204

My Blog

I am not currently writing to the blog, but I am leaving it in place for the entries that I already wrote. Many people say they like them.


  About Moshe Feldenkrais 

The Feldenkrais Method® has strong scientific roots. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, originator of the work, studied human movement and development using his knowledge in mechanical and electrical engineering. He received his doctorate in physics. It was a severe knee injury that inspired him to understand more about human movement and neurophysiology.

He studied other disciplines: biology, anthropology, cybernetics, systems and learning theory to develop his understanding of the relationship between body and mind. In addition to his involvement with science he was a master in Judo.

He was a passionate human being who used all that he knew to develop a unique way of knowing and working with people. Finally, he talked about his work as a way for people to actualize their potential, put their intentions into action and live their dreams.

Moshe Feldenkrais lived from 1904-1984 and made an inspiring contribution to the study of human consciousness.

"Without learning to know ourselves as intimately as we possibly can, we limit our choice. Life is not very sweet without freedom of choice."

-Moshe Feldenkrais

Last updated: 12 December 2014