About Vanessa Stephen
Vanessa started Simply Better Movement to make The Feldenkrais Method more widely known and available in Perth.
In August 2017 Vanessa graduated from the 4 year Feldenkrais Practitioner Training in Perth. Vanessa has held a lifelong passionate interest in movement and sport representing W.A. in Touch Rugby in 1989 aged 24. She qualified in Radiography (Medical Imaging Technology) in 1989, so providing a background in human biology, anatomy, physics and physiology.
In her mid-30’s Vanessa experienced a host of physical problems resulting in functional decline and pain. Problems appeared with the pelvis, the back and neck, hips and thighs, R ankle, R calf, R shoulder, L elbow. Consequently running, swimming, tennis and then golf became difficult. For 10 years she actively sought help via physiotherapy, chiropractic and Pilates. Despite good treatment the trend was declining function.
A 2010 chance encounter with Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® classes was a revelation. Firstly chronic pains lifted. Hence movement, life and mood lightened. So impressed by the changes Vanessa committed to the 4 year Feldenkrais Practitioner training. The physical improvements from Feldenkrais were accompanied by a beneficial shift in habits of thought and emotion.
Golf has improved with an easier swing. Swimming causes no problems. Running is again a possibility. Furthermore Vanessa took up rowing 4 years ago and has trained with the UWABC Masters Women through the last 4 winters, despite hating both the cold and early mornings.
Vanessa is passionate about the Method and excited by the opportunity to assist others become more whole bodied life participants.
Vanessa presents Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM)® classes in Mt Claremont and Nedlands during the school term. Contact Vanessa to inquire about or book a Functional Integration (FI)® session. Many major Health Funds offer rebates for FI.