My name is Susanne Leutenegger, I was born in Switzerland and my life’s path has led me to Ireland and to the Feldenkrais Method.
It has been a fascinating journey since my first encounter with this Method of Somatic Movement as each day holds new learning by observing what can change and improve in movement and life.
I have a life-long interest in exploring the mind-body connection – as a teacher, visual artist, mother, sea-swimmer and gardener. When I experienced myself how powerful and effective the movements of the Feldenkrais Method are for the prevention and treatment of pain, I decided to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner/teacher.
I love to share what I am learning on my continuing journey when I teach Classes (called ATM or Awareness-Through-Movement Lessons) and Individual Lessons ( called FI or Functional Integration Lessons).
I work from my practice in Crosshaven in County Cork, and also via Zoom to assist people with a wide range of issues and abilities to find ways of moving with less pain, improve mobility, find better coordination and balance. I also work with people who seek to refine skills in performance and sports.
My particular focus is on developmental movements, which means movement sequences which we are familiar with since our first year of life. It’s the fascinating time when we progress from lifting the head to rolling, crawling, sitting, standing and walking. These movements and all the preparatory steps are immensely relevant and can be revisited at any time in our lives. Over the years many babies and children have been brought to my practice, in particular those with physical and developmental difficulties. I provide parents with enjoyable and practical ways to support their child’s development.
I am a European (GCFP) Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (teacher), and graduated from the 4-year training in the Feldenkrais Method in 2012. Over the years I have given more than 1’000 Individual Feldenkrais Lessons and have been teaching weekly Group Classes and Workshops in the Theatre Department in University College Cork. I attend International Advanced Trainings a few times a year. I am a member of the Feldenkrais Guild UK and Feldenkrais Ireland.
I am also a Child Space Practitioner and graduated from Chava Shelhav’s ‘Child Space Training’ in Amsterdam (300 hours) in 2019. I have attended an advanced course by Anat Baniel for NeuroMovement for children in San Francisco in 2015.
I am grateful to many teachers, who were so generous to share their knowledge; to name just a few: Chava Shelhav, Jeremy Krauss, Garet Newell, Carl and Lucie Ginsburg, Jerry Karzen, Anat Baniel, Alan Questel, Elizabeth Beringer, David Zemach-Bersin.
My aim is to give you an experience of what natural, pain-free, functional movement feels like as you discover knowledge and skills to moving well and being well.
As Moshe Feldenkrais said ‘I’m interested in assisting people to reach their full potential.’
“What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I’m after is to restore each person to their human dignity.”