Brenda Sorkin, GCFP

Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner,

Bones for Life® Senior Trainer,

Movement Intelligence Senior Trainer

Child'Space Practitioner,

Certified Trager® Practitioner

Director, Movement Dialogues LLC

4805 Park Road, Suite 200,

Charlotte, NC 28209

704.527.5996; Cell: 704.650.7252 or email: Brenda@movementdialogues.com

Brenda Sorkin has enjoyed a career in movement education since 1985. She has a background in counseling with a particular interest in dreams and mythology; modern dance, qigong and a lifelong interest in the embodiment of mind, body and spirit. Her career path has emphasized bringing the value of movement education into everyday life.

Beginning as a student of Trager Psychophysical Integration and certified as a practitioner in this discipline in 1987, she retired as a tutor for The Trager Institute after 27 years. In 1993 she embarked on a four-year training program in The Feldenkrais Method with its neurological aspects of using the brain in connecting to natural movement patterns with applications in many diverse areas.

Brenda is certified in both the passive (table work) and active (self-directed movements referred to as Awareness Through Movement) modalities of The Feldenkrais Method. Brenda has taught public Awareness Through Movement classes in Charlotte since 1994 and offers private Feldenkrais and Trager sessions.

Brenda is also certified by Feldenkrais Instructor Ruthy Alon, Ph.D. as a Senior Trainer in her Foundation of Movement Intelligence programs which include Bones for Life, Walk for Life, Chairs, Mindful Eating and Solutions for Optimal Mobility. She has been teaching Bones for Life classes to the public since 2002 when she reversed her own osteoporosis after taking the course.

Integral to the Feldenkrais Method is its focus on developmental movements. Brenda began advanced study with Feldenkrais Instructor Chava Shelhav, Ph.D. in this area in 2001 and completed her Child'Space program in 2012. After experiencing how much touch and movement impacts a child's life, she is now sponsoring the Child'Space training program - the Chava Shelhav Method to have it more available in our community. You can find out more at ChildSpaceCharlotte.com

Brenda has also had the opportunity to work and travel with mythologist Betty Smith, M.A. author of The Greek Dialogues, Loved by a God and Conversations in South Pasture. Betty is the retired founder of Poiesis Seminars and led mythology seminars in Greece for over 30 years. Brenda offers various workshops that include movement and the telling of the story to open our imaginations to the many perspectives that can emerge to help us in our daily lives.

Brenda works with a diverse group of clients, both infants and adults, including artists, musicians, dancers, and athletes. Experiencing an autoimmune disease at an early age she has found the movement approaches to have enhanced her quality of life and well-being which has led to her experience of working with various health issues for whose who are looking for a more natural way to restore health and vitality. Improving natural movement often provides relief from injuries and chronic pain, as well as back and neck pain. She has participated in medical research using Feldenkrais with people who have multiple sclerosis and also works in conjunction with psychotherapists to attend to the somatic experience in the psychotherapeutic process.

Allyson Sipple

Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner

Licensed Physical Therapist

Bones for Life Teacher

704.965.7804 or email: asipple@gmail.com

Providing services at the location of Movement Dialogues, LLC

Allyson studied psychology undergrad and later trained as a physical therapist. She began working with teens and adults with neurological challenges and in that path discovered Feldenkrais. She quickly knew that it was her way, yet it was many years later in 2008 that she completed the Feldenkrais Guild training and became a practitioner (GCFP). She later followed up with Movement Intelligence work becoming a Bones for Life teacher (BFL). Having a love of learning and to support herself & her clients, she studies Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Somatic Intelligence, and stays connected with neuroscience study groups.

Allyson has a special interest in working with women, especially through the aging process and with those caring for loved ones with special needs. Her desire is to bring curiosity, compassion, and playfulness to her work with clients, and to facilitate new possibilities in movement & life.

Allyson is a mother of two grown sons and a daughter with special needs. She rejuvenates herself most everyday caring for her plants and taking in the beauty of the natural world. She also enjoys hiking, swimming, and singing.

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Paula Alonso

Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner,

Bones for Life Teacher

704.905.8594 or email: PaulaAlonsoMovement@gmail.com

Providing services at the location of Movement Dialogues, LLC, Paula came to the Feldenkrais Method after a long journey looking for solutions for her own struggles with tendinitis and fibromyalgia.

Before taking the 4 year training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, she was a Certified Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement™ Practitioner, and stay-at-home mom to her two children, a middle school teacher in her native Brazil, and a sociologist.

In all those different roles, Paula has been known for her caring personality, her desire to help others, and her continuous commitment to learning and going deep in her understanding of her work.