Tancha McKnight, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®

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Tancha McKnight is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Movement Intelligence® Solutions teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed the four-year Feldenkrais® Professional Training Program culminating in international certification in March of 1993. Since that time she has maintained a private practice in Functional Integration® both in San Leandro and in Walnut Creek.

She loves working with people. She enjoys unraveling the mystery surrounding movement issues. She finds she can provide benefit for those who wish to  improve their posture, balance and gait. She works with people in chronic pain, and those in recovery from sports injuries, surgeries, and auto accidents. She has been successful working with people with low back pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder injuries and pain, hip replacements, knee surgeries and injuries. She enjoys sharing the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method and Movement Intelligence with those who are curious about and dedicated to improving their skills and performance in any endeavor.

Tancha has been teaching Awareness Through Movement® classes for 23 years. She taught at Kaiser Permanente Shadelands for many years as well as Studio One in Oakland and various other locations. She has been teaching at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek since 1995 and has offered many workshops around the East Bay over the years. She has also been guest teacher at Cal State Hayward Dance Department.

In her private life Tancha is a wife, daughter, sister and aunt. She used to love to play ice hockey and white water kayak. Now she works out regularly, has studied exercise and nutrition for years and is passionate about maintaining health and well-being not only for herself, but for others as well. She retired from recreational white water kayaking as an expert and still dreams of river trips and the great outdoors.

What is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

smov2In North America, all Feldenkrais practitioners are certified by the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America. All Guild certified practitioners have received at least 800 hours of training, over three or four years, in an accredited Feldenkrais Teachers Training Program. In addition, to maintain certification, practitioners must meet continuing education requirements and adhere to the Guild’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

During training, practitioners learn about the theoretical background of the Feldenkrais Method® and receive hands-on training in the Method. Since the Feldenkrais Method® integrates theory from a variety of scientific fields (including Newtonian mechanics, physics, neurophysiology, biology, movement development, and learning theories), training incorporates aspects of these areas into the sessions. Throughout the training period, practitioners gain a deep understanding of the formation of movement and body function. As they become aware of their own movement, they become astute observers of movement in others and gain the ability to teach others how to enlarge their awareness and movement skills.