I felt at ease with Marlene. My felt sense told me she was to be trusted. After just a few sessions, lying face up & fully clothed on the practitioner’s sheepskin covered table while Marlene worked on my body, I found that – when I got up off her table – I was walking differently. My head was pulled back & my chest was open. When I tried to explain the experience, I could only say I was standing & walking in a plumb line, the weight on the end of a string that carpenters & plumbers use to find a straight line.
With the postural change came new awareness of how I perpetuate an old protective stance I no longer need. In my current life, I want to be open & loving, not “protected” by my shoulders & not on the lookout for danger. My body & my mind have worked together to help me discover a new, authentic way of being in the world.
Mary K. Armstrong, Focusing Therapist
Patient & truly listening, Marlene demonstrates these qualities over & over in the way she works. She moves slowly & patiently in her sessions with me & as result, she listens & moves her attention & intention where healing is most needed.
Feldenkrais is one of the best Methods I have encountered for not only addressing my particular health challenges & personality. I find Feldenkrais to be such a good fit for helping Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as well as the Anxiety & Depression that I experience. I love the gentleness & quietness of it. I also love how I am in control of my body. It's a learning process. I am not just a passive client & I am sure if I continue, the benefits from this work will keep on surprising me.
It has been 2 weeks since my treatment. I came hoping to reduce teeth clenching & Marlene explained that Feldenkrais works with interconnections in the body & that she would not necessarily be working directly on the jaw.
After the treatment, I was surprised to find the clenching very significantly reduced & 2 things happened afterwards that I did not expect. At my weekly exercise class, a friend stopped me to ask if I had studied dance; she said I moved so gracefully. No one has ever said that to me before. Also, the man in my life, also a senior, looked at me & exclaimed, “You have such good posture!”. (He has known me for years, yet this sentence has been repeated several times in the last 2 weeks.) Each time I stop & realize that yes, I am standing or sitting much differently than I did before.
I don't know if I can separate Marlene from her your work because she is spirit, body, mind & soul integrated. I appreciate her holistic healing, caring & presence. When I experience private sessions, I feel the presence of an authentic person; she listens to my concerns, presence & proceeds with each step from there. When I have treatments, I experience physical, emotional, creative, artistic imagery, spiritual & integrative responses. At the conclusion, physically, I feel longer, taller, more in my body. Emotionally, I feel cared for & soothed. I feel more integrated & whole upon leaving.
It was truly great to have a session with you today. Thank you for your amazing guidance & direction, & for the beautiful, encouraging words. I feel alive & grounded, even kind of giggly all the way home!
Manuela, Pilates Practitioner
Marlene's extraordinary patience helps to create an atmosphere in which to melt. She has an understanding of our class needs & intuitively guides us. As a very approachable & accessible person with a warm smile & a cool glow, she is there with us on the journey to better health by allowing us to discover ourselves ~ like a hot air balloon captain one trusts to get into the basket, then she takes us up & inward on a tour to a different site, guiding us along & then back to stand again on our own two feet.
Marlene Kennedy heals & centres with her touch. She senses how to read your body & through her work & healing touch, I've come to many deep understandings of myself & my own work, my writing & teaching. She is a spirit guide, a profound mentor of balance who strives to bring out the light that's in us. I've often found courage, stamina, inspiration, trust & insight from simply being silent on her table, letting her healing & heated stones warm me. Combining science & health care with vision & intuition, her activities are deeply needed today. I recommend her to many people as I recommend her to you. And I express my gratitude that she makes her attentiveness & learning, her wisdom & her spiritual aspirations available to us all.
B.W. Powe, Ph.D, Associate Professor, York University & Author
My husband experienced such a powerful, major change with your treatment, that even his chiropractor said,
“Wow, I’ve never seen your spine so pliable”.
Rose & Ed
Marlene is a true healer. It's like a rebirth to experience your body opening up & releasing ancient tension, thanks to her gentle & intuitive touch. Sometimes after my treatment, I feel almost giddy with joy.
Judy Steed, Pilates Instructor
For me, the most important reason for Marlene's work is Total Wellness that leads to a happy, healthy, pain-free life with many other benefits. Feldenkrais is unique in that it does not involve extreme effort. On the contrary, it stimulates the brain, focus & mobility. As a Practitioner, Marlene's way is consistent & compassionate with human connection at high level. This society & any other needs you as truly, I DO! Thanks millions.
When we work with Marlene, we are constantly learning to be more present & relaxed, clearer thinking with improved posture. More than one modality is offered & is often integrated with another. Marlene takes interest when discussing our needs & we enjoy her candid sense of humour.
Diane & Wayne
Marlene cleared my head. I feel good & my hips feel great. More time with Marlene equals more balance & more joy, even though I think I am OK.
David, Transformational Arts College
Your Body Tells the Truth is a gem in the Danforth area. I have followed the business & its owner for many years & I can testify that here is value for the monies spent. Hot Stone Massages & Feldenkrais are the right combination for anyone who needs peace of mind. Steps from a dynamic part of the Danforth in a luxurious & immaculately kept environment plus professional care makes this little gem my first choice.
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