Mary Spire
Mary Spire

Mary Spire

Mary Spire

Feldenkrais Method by Mary Spire, based in Northern California


Mary Spire' s Schedule 2016


San Rafael Mondays

5:00 pm

San Rafael       Wednesdays

11:00 am

 Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, Ca 94903

Cost: $20 per class for non-members / members come free
Contact Mary   or the Marin JCC at (415) 444-8000 or visit WWW.MARINJCC.ORG to register

Space is limited - no drop ins please.


One-Day Awareness Through Movement Intensive

In these one-day workshops we will explore the relationships of intention, imagination and action - and the resulting evolving freedom and choices in your movement and thinking.

Location:  44 Woodland Ave, San Rafael, CA

Tuition $85

Sundays from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on the following dates:



April 24  


June    26  
July 17  
Sept  18  
Oct 16   

Pre-registration and advance payment is required for workshops and advanced trainings.


Optimal Moves for Musicians : A Workshop for Musicians, Music Educators and Health Professionals

 Sat,  October 8,  2016  12-5 PM, San Rafael , CA 

This public workshop is open to musicians, music teachers and health professionals who work with musicians. The focus will be on developing awareness and understanding of the physical and emotional challenges musicians associate with learning and performing music. Using innovative and potent Awareness Through Movement lessons and demonstrations with instruments, students will learn to prevent and /or recover from injuries, moving beyond injuries to improved performance. You will enjoy improved posture, breathing, greater mobility and flexibility and an increased sense of vitality and well-being.

Fee: $100.00 ($65 Student Fee)

General Admission


Student Admission


To register:  call Mary at 866-678-8948 or email :


One-Day Awareness Through Movement  Workshop for the Public

Presented by the Feldenkrais ® Resources Training Institute, Berkeley, Ca
April 17, 2016   Berkeley, CA
Sunday -  11:30 am - 5:00 pm


Eyes, Tongue, Jaw and Breathing  II

 By learning to recognize habits and patterns relating to how we use our eyes, tongue, jaw and breathing, we can experience limitless changes to improve our self-use, balance and posture.  In his book, “Awareness Through Movement”   Moshe titles chapter 10  “The Movement of the Eyes Organizes the Movement of the Body” .  This is significant: proper, efficient use of the eyes will radically change how you move, feel  and go about your everyday activities- the quality of everything you do will improve. 

And, if your tongue and eyes are free, your neck will be free.   In this workshop, using lessons in sitting, lying on the back, standing and on the belly, we will explore the inter- connectedness of movements of your eyes, tongue , jaw, neck and breathing.

 Contact the Feldenkrais  Resources Training Institute directly  to register. 510.540.7600.

Workshop is $85 with preregistration and $95 at the door, on a space-available basis.

We accept Visa, MasterCard or checks.  Course payment by check may be sent to Feldenkrais® Resources Training Institute, 830 Bancroft Way, #112, Berkeley, Ca 94710. 


Introduction to Feldenkrais Workshop:  

Introductory Workshops

Mary will present an introductory workshop on June 12, 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin (UUCM), located in San Rafael, California.

These half-day workshops (2-6 pm) will serve as an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method® and the Optimal Moves®   Teacher Training Program .

If you are thinking about becoming a Feldenkrais® Teacher this is a great opportunity to experience Awareness Through Movement® and the power of the Feldenkrais Method®.  In this half-day workshop, you will experience  2-3  movement lessons, watch a demonstration  of Mary giving a one-on- one Functional Integration® (FI) lesson and have the opportunity to speak with Mary  about the training process and the  upcoming training program. 

If you would like to improve the quality of your life, and help others improve the quality of their lives; if you are interested in experiential learning and movement, or if you want to understand how to learn how to learn more effectively, then join us for one of the upcoming workshops.

This workshop is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the training program.

Registration in advance is required to hold your place. optimalmoves/training

Here is a testimonial about my work, from Alan, GCFP

     "I very much appreciated the FI that you taught on the YouTube video. It was of the best examples I have yet to see on a video or live. I found it mature, respectful, perceptive and functional. Your communication of the instruction, intention, and direction of the burgeoning outcome, was superb. You helped to guide her (the student) to understand precisely what, why and how her body was moving and being perceived by her while coming to a deep and subtle conscious awareness of herself, concretely revealing "Awareness Through Movement".





















"Professional Feldenkrais Method practitioner serving San Francisco, Berkeley, Albany, San Rafael and other cities within Northern California."


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San Rafael, Ca


 To register : 510.847.9613 contact us.

 must register in advance to reserve your place.



Advanced Training for Feldenkrais Practitioners
"Viewing Moshe"
Sundays, 12:00 - 5:00 pm, Marin County, California
We will be watching videos of Moshe giving Functional Integration lessons with comments, discussion and FI practice to follow.





Enter amount: $

To download a registration form and pay by check via mail, click here or call Mary at 866-678-8948 (

ADVANCED TRAINING: For GCFP/ 3rd and 4th year students in a Guild Certified Training

Presented by Mary Spire, Trainer

FGNA NCNN Annual Meeting Workshop

APRIL 12, 2015

12- 5 pm, Akido of Marin , Corte Madera, Ca.

 QUIET THE NOISE: Working with Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method ®for People with Neurological Conditions

We Feldenkrais teachers are enormously qualified to help people with brain trauma, dystonia , MS, CP, Parkinson’s Plus– to name a few conditions. At this Advanced Training , through the medium of ATM/ FI and stories from case histories, you will learn how to tap into the natural plasticity of the brain to help students effectively change old, disturbed patterns and replace them with new, more optimal ones.

You will learn:

  • where to start
  • how to connect
  • when to stop
  • how to create conditions for your student’s continued improvement on his/her own. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with fellow teachers and learn proven ways to work with people with neurological conditions.





Optimal Moves for Musicians: Two Day Advanced Training

"How To Understand and Work Effectively with Musicians"
Presented by Mary Spire

In this two day advanced training you will learn skills specific to understanding and  helping musicians improve their performance.  You will fine-tune your ability to sense and feel, and imagine what it is to be a musician -a day in the life of a musician. You will learn to" pinpoint" what the student isn't aware of, or what he isn't doing yet- and provide him with relevant information to improve his performance skills and enjoy a full, pain-free and long career in music.
We will use dynamic, dramatic and effective  ATM and FI lessons, designed especially  for musicians; FI and ATM demonstrations with musicians playing their instruments; and video case histories. If you are a musician, bring your instrument!    






"Professional Feldenkrais Method practitioner serving San Francisco, Berkeley, Albany, San Rafael and other cities within Northern California."

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