We are proud of the outstanding quality of our teaching staff. Our talented faculty is carefully and personally trained in the full MBS Academy curriculum. Our stringent accreditation process, as well as our personal coaching and mentoring program, creates teachers and practitioners of the highest quality and proficiency.
Leora Gaster grew up under the personal guidance of Dr. Feldenkrais and has spent the last 3 decades developing the curriculum and methodology of his complete work in Mind Body Studies for MBS Academy.
Leora has been teaching Mind Body Studies internationally for over 30 years, collaborating with her mother, Mia Segal, in conducting courses for all levels and multiple professional applications. Leora wrote the comprehensive set of manuals and Core Principles of MBS Practice and Teaching and has produced video and audio recordings, illustrating its foundational elements and applications.
Leora enhanced her extensive knowledge of MBS work with a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and she is also an NLP trainer. Leora received a black belt in Judo from the Kodokan, Tokyo, when she was 16, with special commendations and training at the master level.
Margit completed a Feldenkrais Training in Lewes, GB in 1994. Since 2000, she continues to study with MBS Academy and qualified as an MBS Practitioner in 2005. Her background includes 20 years working as a physical education teacher, specializing in track and field. She currently runs a private MBS practice in Northern Italy where she specializes in working with children. She teaches MBS Group Classes in both German and Italian and offers personal Individual Lessons. Margit continues to work in schools with students and teachers. She also conducts seminars for physiotherapists, music teachers, and physical education teachers. Click here to learn more about Margit.
Chris graduated from MBS Academy in 2006. Since attending his first Feldenkrais workshop in 1989, he has been integrating the work into his profession: Posture and Movement Therapy (Oefentherapeut Cesar). He helps people with pain, stress, and breathing problems. By helping them become aware of what they are doing they are able to become aware of all the other possibilities which were previously outside of their awareness.
Chieko graduated from a Training in Tokyo in 2000. She was first introduced to Group Classes in 1985 and began studying with Mia in 1997 at the Japan Feldenkrais Training. Chieko is a professional traditional Japanese dance teacher. In her MBS practice she specializes in ballet and dance. She is interested in MBS Academy’s way of guiding, leading, and directing students.
Jochen graduated from Mia Segal’s Zurich 3 Foundation Training in 1993. He runs a private practice where he teaches mainly MBS at his center, Praxis Ayuda in Berlin. Jochen worked as a special needs teacher (remedial work with children from 1991-2004 and “Lerina-Therapie” (therapy for children after craniocerebral injury) from 1985-1995. He is also trained in body-centered psychological therapy (Villa, das Centrum fur Psychotherapie).
Patty graduated from a Feldenkrais Training in New York in 1998, and became an MBS Master Practitioner in 2011. During her 30 plus years experience as an Occupational Therapist she pioneered the development of the Occupational Therapy training program in Zimbabwe. Patty is a Certified Teaching Assistant for CranioSacral Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage with the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators. She has a private practice in Feldenkrais, CranioSacral Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Lymphedema treatment in Novato and San Rafael, California.