Gabrielle Pullen, MFA, GCFP, LMT
Master of Fine Arts, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist License #25754
The preferred therapy for acute pain is perhaps massage. The preferred approach to more permanent change is the pattern interrupt that you get when you let the feldenkrais method® of awareness through movement® rock you world!
The focus is on injury prevention, because it's just common sense to prevent injury before it happens. To that end, feldenkrais is a natural progression. It's perfect for rehabilitation as well as injury prevention. The next iteration of my obsessive interest in mobility is the Equine Lameness Prevention Project
which aims to train riders and owners to see lameness before it's too late.
Most vets confirm that by the time they see a horse for a lameness evaluation, it's already so obviously lame that expensive surgical interventions or injections are the only option.
A lifelong, avid rider, I currently live with my Dutch Warmblood, ‘Wisconsin,’ in Jacksonville, Oregon. When I first started working with him, he had just had a surgery that it was not certain he would recover from. He had hyper-extended his hock. His previous owner had the vets at UC Davis remove cartilage out of the joint capsule and inject stem cells from his breastbone into the joint. Now, some seven years later, he is still doing well. After all, he has access to many modalities: acupressure, sports massage, myofascial release, laser therapy, far infrared heat, homeopathy, the the learning process that is feldenkrais, which I began to take seriously in 2000. I have since done two years of Advanced Training with Jeff Haller in Seattle in addition to the amazing 4-year Training with Yvan Joly, Frank Wildman and Movement Educators in Santa Barbara, CA which ended in 2004.
To keep Wisconsin fast on his feet, I have since also adopted a five year old
Mustang named, 'Cortez,' who is also a fantastic mover and a handful for both of us!