Yvette Fawzi Feldenkrais® and Physical Therapy is a private practice that focuses on improving movement awareness, women’s health and overall well being. Yvette has practiced physical therapy since 1993 and Feldenkrais® since 2005.
Yvette follows a holistic approach to the body using a blend of Feldenkrais®, physical therapy and osteopathic techniques such as strain counterstrain, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. Combined with an intuitive sense, her skilled hands are then able to “listen to the body” and treat each person based on their needs.
An ideal therapist for any chronic pain or movement problem, Yvette particularly enjoys working with postpartum women and issues around pelvic pain and dysfunction. The goal is restoring these women to a state of general wellness. She has helped many clients in their journey to feeling their best.
Treatments last 60 minutes. Your first treatment will include a physical therapy assessment followed by recommendations for a treatment plan that suits your particular case. Treatments are a blend of several techniques and address the whole body as it relates to the “problem” or pain site.
Treatment follows three core goals:
Group classes, also known as Awareness through Movement® classes, based in the Feldenkrais® method. In this setting you lie on a mat and are guided through explorative movements—the result is often more ease of movement, greater ROM and/or feeling more grounded on standing. Classes are offered once a week. For more information, click here.
For Pelvic floor evaluations an internal pelvic floor muscle evaluation is performed. This is dependent on the comfort level of the client. A 15 minute free phone consult is offered to assess if this is right for you.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of San Francisco and completed my graduate degree in Physical Therapy at UCSF, in 1993.
I sustained several back injuries during my first few years as an inpatient therapist and traditional Physical Therapy didn't really give me any long term relief. It was then that I turned to Feldenkrais®. In a short period I was able to get strong again – and was pain free! I was so fascinated by how it had worked for me that I went through a four year training program to become a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner. I graduated in 2005.
The Feldenkrais Method® really changed my approach to treatment. I now look at the whole person/body, not staying only focused at the pain site. It taught me to look and listen to the body in order to obtain improved, integrated movement.
In the same spirit, I also gravitated towards osteopathic approaches in my continued education: strain counterstrain, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation. All of which look for the source of the problem, versus just treating the pain site.
In 2006, I began working at a pelvic pain center in San Francisco. I started focusing my education in pelvic floor dysfunction and have found an affinity for it. Learning to work with the pelvic floor was finding another piece of the puzzle. I feel like I became a more effective therapist even for those without symptoms of pelvic dysfunction.
I love working with clients and have been successful with this integrated approach. The body tells a story and I love to listen and let the story unfold.
I hope I can make a difference for you.