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Pain is a message from your body that something needs to change. We can transform how you move, building space in your joints, bringing strength and mobility to your tissues, and calming nerves. We’ll also teach you how to help yourself using your own “magic” hands, your own movements, and the mindful presence of your awareness.
Injuries just happen. We will examine why your particular injury happened so that it becomes an opportunity for growth. We will mobilize scar tissue to maximize its supportive potential without limitation. We will tune your strength, balance, and alignment so that you can start doing the things you love again as soon as possible. In short, we’ll work to make sure you feel whole again.
Bodies move and feel: The connection between motion and emotion is grounded in our tissues. When trauma tells us we aren’t safe we can address the body to re-discover our freedom. We will honor your boundaries and sensitivities as we help you to literally shake off fear, stand in your power, and move into new possibilities.
You are a finely tuned living system with tremendous capabilities. Together we can apply your focus and control, and also perceive where your strength, range-of-motion, balance, and endurance break down. We will build your movement intelligence, integrating greater efficiency, diversity, and resilience with all that you’re already doing right.
You are not a machine: Replacement parts do not work as well as originals. You can reform and revitalize your tissues—even your bones—by how you move. Surgery can sometimes help, but it is also dangerous and expensive business that takes tremendous work to recover from. Lets do the work to discover what is possible with the body you have! If you do need surgery in the end, our work now will help you recover more fully later.
Freedom is a feeling of infinite possibility. Flow is a connected ongoing quality that engages relationship. With mindful attention, we will help you find and practice free flow in your movements and relationships. We can help you move through your daily life as a dance, thinking clearly, being creative, communicating openly, and connecting to the stream of vitality that is your birthright.
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Thank you Matthew Nelson... For guiding my awareness to the spaces between my bones... I will be forever grateful.
In my first session with Matthew's Physical Freedom Method I experienced a huge unexpected release, and each subsequent session (comprised mainly of guided, exploratory floor work) led to great breakthroughs of healing and deepened awareness. His thoughtful questions and creative, compassionate presence fostered authentic expression, self-acceptance and great relief. Matthew also uses interesting key phrases and colorful concepts throughout the course. I enjoyed learning about “motor sensory amnesia” and discovering subtle ways to “resource my discomfort” and “yield to the support of the floor” and “change my relationship to gravity.” His level of knowledge and expertise is exceptional. I highly recommend this course for anyone who’d like to regain or cultivate a fuller spectrum of capacity through this powerful method of deep listening, movement and awareness. Drawing my experience has been particularly healing as well, and I’m delighted to bring color to this expansive coursework.
Matthew Nelson is a master of moving and observing movement. I feel blown away by the subtlety he can see and feel during our sessions together. I love how he takes what he sees in my movement habits and patterns and turns it into a wonderful session of healing touch, guided movement re-education and deep release. I feel he is so effective at this due to his impeccable communication skills which motivate me to feel and try new things while he is working on me. I feel totally heard and comfortable in his presence. Sessions with Matt are a joy and very transformative.
Matthew Nelson is a brilliant body worker and educator! I've had the good fortune to work with him for several years now, and he has helped me celebrate and monitor my body moving through time. His knowledge of Pilates, Feldenkrais, and Yoga, empirical expertise as a dancer, plus profound hands-on teaching skills, made each of our sessions truly illuminating. Insightful and patient, he is remarkably articulate about unconscious, ingrained movement patterns, and always demonstrates ways to improve physical functioning. As a professional musician, I particularly value his help in analyzing/improving my piano technique.
As someone who partakes in resistance training and has more mass than I'm naturally supposed to I had many limitations when it came to my mobility. Working with Matthew has completely unlocked my shoulders, and given more mobility, flexibility, and range of motion then I ever could have imagined. If that was all I got from working with Matthew I would have been super pleased with just that, BUT learning how to 'yield', surrender, and trust that I am supported by the 'earth' at all times has truly been a life changing learning, that I will continue to carry with me for years to come. I am super grateful for Matthew's amazing blended styles of modalities and look forward to working with him more in the future!
My desk job has been destroying my body. I came to Matthew Nelson in so much pain. I couldn't sit. I couldn't really lay down or sleep comfortably. Matthew's gentle body work did wonders for me. He doesn't have the car mechanic view of the body that most massage therapists or moderately trained professionals have. It's a full-body approach using knowledge he has gleaned from years as a dance professor, bodywork consultant, teacher, therapist and movement guru. I had been trying to solve my problems on my own by pressing into my points of pain. Matthew showed me that it was more systemic. He could trace the pain in my hips to other parts of -- my side, my leg, my back, my neck. And then, using gentle maneuvers, he worked through them with me. Such joy! The relief was almost immediate, though I see now that I'll have to do more to address the wear on my body from this kind of work. I'm inspired, and thankful!
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My past few weeks have been full of ecstatic connection: After teaching the dance of Contact Improvisation at Breitenbush Hot Springs during their ‘Ecstatic Reopening,’ with DJ Baron Von Spirit, I continued on to the Solar Living Center in Hopland, CA to teach ‘Cultivating Physical Freedom’ at the Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence . […]
I have a great interest in how we learn to embody affirmations. My Physical Freedom Method affirms that we are supported, and that we are at home in our bodies. Gravity and our contact with Earth literally support us; intentionally experimenting with that connection provides the direct sensation of being supported. We can practice feeling […]
We are indigenous to our bodies. We are at home here. We can practice feeling at home–by dancing among other things!
I spent some time today exploring Pinterest because people have told me I should be using it. The cyberworld clearly knows who I am—I was barraged with images of skeletal alignment, fascia-busting devices (as if fascia was something dangerous), and muscles glowing red. I could barely take it. I lasted about five minutes before I […]
I’m wondering if you’d try something for me: Please write your name—optimally with pen on a piece of paper, but even with your index finger on any surface will work. Do this before you read any further. Now for some reflection: Did you think about how to organize your fingers to pick up the pen […]
Imagine that you have no idea what a roller coaster is. It’s your birthday! A friend offers that they have an awesome surprise for you. You take the dare. Your friend blindfolds you, puts you on a roller coaster, straps you in, and then takes your blindfold off. The boarding area is covered and you’re […]
There are times in our lives when we feel broken. Sometimes trauma is directly physical: A fractured bone, sprained ligament, torn muscle, or a slipped disk are all examples of physical trauma that might make us feel broken. Sometimes the feeling of being broken is more psychological or spiritual: We might find our curiosity or […]
In a recent meditation I had the privilege of perceiving myself as a tendril in the aliveness of the universe. Inside of that, I also recognized how much of my energy goes into managing the experience of my unrelenting aliveness. One minute I am present as pain; in another, pleasure. I often attempt to consciously […]
Definitions are boundaries. They give us edges to navigate. When we perceive an object we decode its shape by seeing (or feeling) its edges. I find language to be similar: We rely on the edges of meaning in order to define our communications with each other. We often have different understandings of the words we […]
Criticality and Compassion I have always been good at critical thinking. I ask questions, look for holes in logic, and question assumptions. As an academic I was proud of my abilities. Then, at a somatics conference a few years ago, a colleague provided me with a new view of my criticality. He suggested that a […]