We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Rubenstein and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Beth, how does your business help the community?
When a person can move through life with greater ease strength and grace expand and stress and anxiety decrease. My intention for my students is that they are able to follow their hopes and dreams and that they live with more options and choices. They become better connected to themselves. When an individual is more connected to themselves, they become more connected to those in their own community, country, and the world. It might be said that a person cannot change the world until he changes himself. I am a child of the 60’s. I decided at a very early age that I wanted to stamp out disease and save mankind. My interest led me to physical therapy where I could work with injured children and adults, help them live their best life. My questions about abilities and the brain led me to the study of the work of Moshe Feldenkrais®, DSc. I like the idea of working with the whole person, exploring ourselves. each person learning about himself through exploration of habits and options for change. I take people from pain, or from “I can’t do it” to independence in their world. Dr. Feldenkrais said, “We act in accordance with our self-image. Nothing is permanent about our behavior patterns, except our belief that they are so.” Our self-image influences every part of us and everything around us. When we are able to change our impression of who we are by educating ourselves, we have the opportunity to change our whole self, not just one part such as a shoulder. We are not a shoulder, or a knee, or a hip. We are a whole person. Part of being whole means that each of us exists in our environment. As we learn to move more easily and effortlessly our movement becomes safer and we can be more vital in our everyday life. We become more stable and more competent. We perceive ourselves differently which allows us to perceive the world around us differently. We gain balance and our balance helps our world become more balanced. The internal reference points that we gain with this work are imperative to appreciate what is external to us. Everything becomes clearer. We are more attentive. We sense and observe everything differently. My work emphasizes self-awareness and attention, to oneself, and to the environment that we live in. In my work I provide a safe place where my students learn to be kind to themselves by avoiding pain, finding the easiest, most effortless way to function. People change the way they think, feel, and act and interactions become easier and more efficient. People are empowered, more connected to themselves. They have more to offer their community and respond to the needs of the community. “The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.” Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My students/clients love my work. They love the connection we form whether in an individual session or in a group Awareness Through Movement® session. I teach three group classes a week and students love to say that they feel like they are in summer camp for adults. We all learn and have fun at the same time. They love the engagement with themselves and the way they move. These group classes are small. Movements are done with attention and ease. There is no effort and no pain. Through these gentle, novel movements the student learns about habits and how to function differently. All “lessons” are based on a theme such as walking, running, reaching, playing an instrument. I have been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® (GCFP) for 30 years. I worked as a physical therapist for 15 years before studying the Feldenkrais® method. People come to me with pain, balancing problems, difficulty walking , or with their sport. I listen to what each person wants, what she would like to be able to do. I don’t work from the “book,” or from a recipe. I treat each person as an individual, because, although we are similar, we have different ways of moving. I can teach people to move without pain, to learn how to look for, and find happiness, health and vitality. When a client comes to me I do not look at what is wrong. I look at what is happening, and, what could happen. Right here, I am different from most people they might have already seen. Getting rid of pain or learning to do what you want does not have to hurt. My clients are thrilled with that. Movements are engaging and interesting. Sometimes as people relax, as the nervous system calms, students dose for a bit. We discover new ways to function that might work better now than what we learned when we were infants, or children. My clients are like me. They are active and want to live their best life, no matter the age. I feel successful because I live this work. I have overcome serious injuries and continue to ask questions. Not knowing the answer makes a big difference. It gives me, and my clients an opportunity to explore. People who come to me are not necessarily after the “quick fix.” I learn from my clients and through my own daily activity. My ideal clients are baby boomers and seniors, as I said, who want to live the life that they have lived our are presently living, in spite of aging, disease, or trauma. I love my work. It is my passion. I plan to continue doing it until I am unable. What has been difficult over the years is that I left a very comfortable living as a PT to make a living at something that we say, “is the best thing that nobody knows about.” I am the current Regional Representative of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America®. This gives me the opportunity to orchestrate continuing education and public events. I also am and assistant trainer of the Feldenkrais Method® and have taught all over the country. Two interests of mine, which have led to me being a bit of a specialist is my work with people with Multiple Sclerosis and with balancing issues. My “Fear the Floor” workshops are very successful for all ages and abilities. I raised my two very active daughters through this work. I am thrilled to have my work be my passion. It just doesn’t get much better than that. Every day I wake up happy to be able to do my work. My wish for everybody is that they learn to be their own expert- on themselves.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The beach, the beach, the beach. We might go for a bike ride or a walk at anyone of our beautiful local beaches, then to a local beach restaurant. Depending on who it is, and the age, we might do a Disneyland trip, or not. In the evening we would take a drive up to Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory and see the city from there. We would hang out in my backyard, in my beautiful garden, barbeque or cook and eat outside. We might spend a day at the Santa Monica Pier and go to a restaurant near there. Perhaps we would go to Olivera Street, take the metro to Hollywood and highland. Guest in the past have enjoyed going to Phillip the French Dip Sandwich. We would drive up the coast to Malibu or down the coast to Huntington Beach or Laguna. By then, myself and my guests would be totally exhausted and we will rest.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My friends and colleagues from the Feldenkrais Guild of North America® who I question with, learn with, and grow with. My two girls who watched me work and even learned to observe people along with me

Website: https://bethrubenstein.com
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/beth-rubenstein-4a91337
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BethRubenstein.MSPT/
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