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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

Are you ready --
to start feeling better?

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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, below.

  I am happy to talk with you 

   Do you wonder if Feldenkrais is right for you? It is natural when contemplating something new to wonder if it will be good for you. The Feldenkrais Method is less well known than many other approaches, so the uncertainty is likely to be greater.

    I am happy to address your questions. We can use the phone, or Skype. Or text or email. It's a nice, personal way to get started.



  Spring 2017 Group Classes  

I teach the group classes through Arlington County Parks & Recreation.
They provide the space and handle registration.
 Online Registration
Phone registration: 703 228 4747

Schedule Summary Essay

Here is the line up for the Spring classes:

* An Intro class.
      Tuesday evening, April 4. 7:20 pm -- 8:20 pm. Barcroft. #340851 A

* A Better Posture workshop.
      Saturday morning, April 8. 8:45 am -- 11:45 am. Fairlington. #340802 A

* Three series classes per week.
      Each class one hour.

      ** Two series are on Tuesday evening at Barcroft.
      One is at 5:10 and the other at 7:20. They begin April 18 and go for 10 classes until June 22.
#340845 A and #340845 B.

      ** The third series is on Thursday afternoon at 1 pm at Fairlington. We begin on April 20 and go for 10 classes until June 22.  #340845 C

    In-County, online registration begins (date not yet available) .
    Phone registration begins (date not yet available) .
    Out-of-County registration begins (date not yet available).

not yet available




  Winter 2017 Group Classes  

I teach these classes through Arlington County Parks & Recreation.
They provide the space and handle registration.
 Online Registration
Phone registration: 703 228 4747

Schedule Summary Essay

Here is the line up for the Winter classes:

* An Intro class.
      Tuesday evening, January 10. 7:20 pm -- 8:20 pm. Barcroft. #240851 A

* A Better Posture workshop.
      Saturday morning, January 14. 8:45 am -- 11:45 am. Fairlington. #240802 A

* Three series classes per week.
      Each class one hour.

      ** Two series are on Tuesday evening at Barcroft.
      One is at 5:10 and the other at 7:20. They begin January 17 and go for 10 classes until March 21.
#240845 A and #240845 B.
      ** The third series is on Thursday afternoon at 1 pm at Fairlington. We begin on January 19 and go for 10 classes until March 23.  #240845 C

    In-County, online registration began December 7.
    Phone registration began today, December 9.
    Out-of-County registration begins January 4.

Here you will find full details:
Winter 2017 Group Class Schedule

"How to feel comfortable in your neck"

   This boy is doing a nice trick -- a side head stall. Does he look comfortable?
   I think so.
   And, especially, how about his neck? Is he ok?
   I think so.
  Does this photo have anything to do with alleviating pain in the neck?
   I think so.

read more





  Future Group Classes  

9 December 2016. I just learned that the link below is broken.
Repair is being investigated.

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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

None, currently.


Individual Sessions

Location What happens Making an appointment

Individual Sessions take place in my office in the Landmark section of Alexandria.
This is a high rise with businesses on the first three floors and residences above. I am on the third floor.

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.
* a Short Session: 35 minutes

My fees are:
50 minute session: $115
75 minute session: $175
35 minute session: $85

You can text or telephone:

703 751 2111

Or send me an email:


The above is not an email address. But it will become one when you copy or retype it and
* remove the Z and
* replace the % with @.



Group Classes

Location and Registration   What happens

Group Classes take place in south Arlington at the
* Barcroft Sport & Fitness Center or
* the Fairlington Community 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, so, $230.



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

Current reviews:  Reviews through my online booking tool Genbook

Older reviews:
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.


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 Arlington County facilities in south Arlington:
* Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA 22204 or
* Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22205

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: 28 February 2017