Cynthia Allen, GCFP, STMI

My healthcare career began in an award-winning wellness and occupational medicine program at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska over 30 years ago. I had no idea what I had stumbled into. Nor did I appreciate that it might be formative in how I would come to view health and well-being. I continued in healthcare program development and practice management with a specialty in ambulatory care centers. In my 30’s that all began to change. I was blessed to explore many modalities in my own healing with wonderful results, and my heart increasingly longed to be in the holistic healing arts.  I found my home in the Feldenkrais Method and Movement Intelligence.

Awareness of how we move
in this world and improving
the quality of that movement
is the pathway to ending suffering.

Cynthia Allen

My own life was profoundly changed by the Feldenkrais work.

I am an artist at heart. I love to create. Should I get a chance at a third or fourth career (or major hobby), among them will be landscaping/gardening, sculpture, throwing pots and writing poetry.

What I love about creativity is the organic process. With my clients and students, we co-create possibilities and this is highly rewarding and pleasurable. The result is often not only unexpected but more beautiful than what we intended to create. Sure, getting rid of knee pain is a good thing. But since that person now has the freedom to choose to do in their life what they want to do, they have become the primary creator of their life in this moment and that is special.

Walking is medicine.
Cynthia Allen

I am a graduate of the ISSE Institute for the Study of Somatic Education and certified by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America as a Feldenkrais Practitioner. I am also a Senior Trainer in Ruthy Alon’s body of work, Movement Intelligence, which includes Bones for Life, Walk for Life and Mindful Eating.

Cynthia Allen performing Feldenkrais Functional Integration therapy with client
Colleague Carol Montgomery and I have collaborated to create Integral Human Gait theory. This theory addresses how walking (gait) is fundamental to the physical, emotional and spiritual health of humans. Throughout the U.S., I offer continuing education programs for physical, occupational and massage therapists and athletic trainers, as well as certify teachers in Movement Intelligence programs.

What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies,
but flexible brains.
What I’m after is to restore each person
to their human dignity.

Moshe Feldenkrais

All of life is on a continuum of potential; walking is no different. I continue to be amazed at how important walking is to feeding all the systems of the body and even to our creative endeavors. But most people who come to see me are simply wanting a way out of back pain, arthritis, whiplash or other maladies. Walking heals, but it also can do harm when some aspect of the gait is off kilter. Using the primary function of walking as a guide, I can assess and make a plan for each client whether it be a baby or adult. Because those babies are all about trying to get up and walk and rightfully so!

Most important to me is helping people be in charge of their own lives.  Awareness and life-long learning yields resilient, vibrant, self-driven lives. This is what my work is all about.

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