Evan VanDyk Feldenkrais Practitioner & Massage Therapist
Evan VanDyk, A.A.S, LMT, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®. She studied the Feldenkrais Method in a 4-year Practitioner Training Program with David Zemach-Bersin, one of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ original American students, and a team of renowned practitioners from around the world, at the Feldenkrais Institute of NY in Manhattan from 2011-2015.
Evan studied Massage Therapy at Morrisville State College where she graduated at the top of her class and earned her associates applied science degree in 2010. From 2010-2015, Evan managed a growing massage and bodywork business in upstate NY where she refined her massage skills and gained valuable experience.
In 2011, Evan began her Feldenkrais training as the youngest of 72 trainees in the NYC 5 Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program. Her amazing classmates ranged from bodyworkers and PT’s to dancers, musicians, writers, editors, translators and artists. They came from across the United States and Canada as well as from as far away as Hong Kong and Peru. As Evan progressed through her training, the theory behind Feldenkrais Method began to become valid in every aspect of her life and work. Every thought and action was now somehow interconnected.. The same. Or to be more specific, more apparently the same. Her outlook changed, her curiosity grew. Her satisfaction with ‘reality’, and amazement at what was possible were totally uprooted. Everything in her life became more interesting.
In December 2015, Evan founded her own business, Saratoga Awareness, a place where she could serve her community purely and pursue her passion for sharing this incredible work.
“We are not born the same, we do not have the same upbringing or social circumstances. We do not think the all the same thoughts, learn the same or communicate the same. We can only truly know ourselves. However, as we become more familiar with our own perceptions, intentions and learned self-image – as we become closer to our more authentic self – no matter what our story, we can find confidence in relating in our communities, businesses, families and relationships. When we are aware of ourselves, we can better understand others, serve others and communicate with others.” – Evan VanDyk
Evan’s Services and Offerings:
- Massage Therapy
- Feldenkrais Functional Integration
Evan offers offers 40-minute, 60-minute and 90-minute Massage Therapy sessions.
Left to follow the body, her work is a spectrum of deep tissue massage to Swedish, with influences of Feldenkrais, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and joint mobilization. Evan's work is a practice in listening to and communicating with her clients both verbally and through touch. She watches both what you say and how you say it. She sees the patterns in your body and the potential for your body to be more neutral. With this listening, Evan can be intuitive in her work and with versatility, can deliver a custom tailored therapeutic massage therapy session that is right for a client in the moment no matter their circumstances or story. Evan works with clients across all genders and ages. She offers sports massage for student athletes to retired athletes, rehabilitative massage for weekend warriors and those post injury and surgery, pre- and post-natal massage for new mothers, and deep relaxation massage for people who need a rest and refresh or escape from their anxiety.
~ Great for finding the lightness in your body, your day and your life ~
Recipient disrobes to whatever they are comfortable with and is appropriately draped throughout.
Evan offers 40-minute, 60-minute and 90-minute private Feldenkrais sessions.
These Functional Integration sessions are generally done with the recipient (or student) lying on a table or floor or seated in a chair. In these sessions, the student remains fully clothed and their body is moved passively by the practitioner (or teacher) in order to communicate to the nervous system about its learned tendencies in motion and possibilities for freer, more efficient, precise and spontaneous action. The goal of Functional Integration is not to impose changes on a person's system, but rather to introduce variety into their actions in a controlled environment and in the context of functionality so that the nervous system may see the benefit of changing and improve itself.. A change that can be much longer lasting and carry over into other aspects of life including social and emotional standings. With Awareness, a system has greater choice and greater choice means greater efficiency and freedom from habituated inhibition. With Awareness you may realize your systems of support. With Awareness your actions can more accurately reflect your intentions - "When you know what you're doing, you can do what you want" - Moshe Feldenkrais, DSc.
~ Great for pain, dysfunction, improving comfort, precision, balance or accuracy in any sport or activity ~
Recipient remains fully clothed.
Evan offers service packages for both her 60-minute Massage Therapy and 60-minute Feldenkrais Functional Integration sessions.
When purchased as a package, the price per session is discounted.
Sessions in a package are transferable and may be used by multiple individuals, whether they are family members, work colleagues, friends or partners.
Massage and Feldenkrais packages may not mix and match but are sold separately.
Packages hold their value for one year from purchase, after which time individual sessions are subject to pay the difference for current pricing.
~ Great for individuals looking to get into a healthy and sustainable self-care or self-discovery routine ~
~ Great for groups who want to support each other in their journey toward optimal health. ~
Group Classes and Workshops
- Weekly ClasseS
Evan teaches 2 Awareness Through Movement classes each week in Saratoga Springs. Whether it is your first experience with the Feldenkrais Method or you have had years of training, each class offers opportunity for new discoveries and insights into your moving and action. The Method is based in the study of how individuals learn and each lesson holds a basis in developmental patterns and everyday functioning. The knowledge you gain in these classes translates to ease, coordination, balance and stability in your body. It can be used everyday in every moment of functional activity, making your action simpler with less effort.
Move out of pain! Discover your potential! Refine your craft! Conquer your sport!
With greater Awareness of yourself you can change your perception of and relationship to anything.
Evan is available to create Awareness Through Movement workshops for your business, clients, families, friend groups, athletic teams, dance troupe or any group you'd like to put together. These workshops will include insights into how the body moves and functions, handouts and explanations of theory as well as self-exploration and embodiment exercises. Learning in your body in a light and supportive environment may be a concept that is unfamiliar but the result is a beautiful community and embodied knowledge that can stay with you throughout a lifetime.
Please allow at least 3 months for planning of these workshops. If you have an idea but are unsure how or where to implement it feel free to call and brainstorm with Evan! Workshops can focus on specific functions or actions or can have a broad theme.
~ Let's learn more together! ~
Evan believes in the resiliency of bodies and has faith in their inherent ability to heal themselves. Her clients often come to her for acute or chronic pain relief or to improve their limited range of motion but they return as they are empowered to become interested in their body’s’ functioning and overall health. They find that her work provides a full body functional improvement and feel like with it, they can ignite the change they wish to see in their bodies and their lives. Evan provides a safe space where clients may explore their potential and learn to do what they want with grace, ease and precision.
As Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, founder of the Feldenkrais Method, said: “If you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want.”
Evan loves sharing her skills and building real human connections. In her work, she uses the principles of the Feldenkrais Method as well as her training in Massage Therapy to see her clients as whole beings, with incredible potential to improve and become more comfortable in their miraculous Body.
Evan offers Feldenkrais Functional Integration sessions as well as all traditional massage sessions including Deep Tissue, Swedish, and Prenatal Massage at A Space to Grow as well as at her space at 2 Franklin Square in Saratoga Springs
Call or email to book an appointment today:
“When we are aware of ourselves, we can better understand others, serve others and communicate with others.” —Evan VanDyk