Private lessons, also called Functional Integration™ (FI) lessons, can look very different for children and adults, though the ideology remains the same. Younger children play on the table as I work with them. Though I have heard parents express some doubt that their child will sit and play for close to an hour, the children always rise to the occasion. They seem to recognize that they are in a very safe space, and they thrive and learn there.
As I work, I am listening very closely to where the child feels ease. I work hard to stay within those boundaries because children and adults both learn much more effectively from their places of ease than from the places of difficulty. This is a sharp departure from many other methods that go directly to the problem area and work there. Since I am interested in engaging with the person’s nervous system rather than the skeletal or muscular systems, this is key.
And the results are global. They are not at all contained to changes in movement. Instead, changes are seen in the whole child from behavior and learning to gross motor, fine motor and speech. It is such a wonderful process to work with because not only are the changes global, but they can be seen very early on in the process, as early as the first lesson! And they simply keep building from there!
Adults and older children (11 and older) will most often be set up in a lying position on the table. Getting them very comfortable and out of gravity gives them the opportunity to let go of their habits much more easily and quickly. I use pillows, towels and blankets to ensure my client’s comfort. And quite honestly, many people find my table a wonderful place to catch a nap! Only when they wake up, they feel more than just relaxed. They feel lasting differences that enable them to lead fuller, more active lives!
No two FI lessons are ever the same because each one is tailored to a student's individual needs at that particular moment. Although there is much learning going on during each lesson, the learning happens under the surface so that it is never necessary for a student to memorize a certain way to carry him or herself. It is enough for the student to be aware of any differences he or she feels throughout the lesson. It is through this increased sense of awareness that habitual patterns can be broken and more fluid, effective movement patterns made available. This branch of the Method is recognized for its abilities to address serious neurological and muscular problems, as well as chronic pain, stress, and tension. Results from these lessons can be both immediate and profound.
The cost of a Private session Is $95 for a child and $100 for an adult. However, a sliding scale is available when there is a need. I am here to help people first and foremost, so please call if special arrangements need to be made.
These lessons have been effective with all of the following and more:
- chronic pain of the back, neck, hip, knee, or foot
- frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, repetitive stress injury, and TMJ
- recovery from an injury or rehabilitation following surgery
- neurological disorders or events such as Parkinson's Disease, MS, stroke, autism, Cerebral Palsy, and many more
- genetic disorders such as Down's Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Spinal Muscular Dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, and many more
- learning disabilities
- scoliosis and tortocolis
- brain injuries