Deborah Bowes: Biography

I co-founded the Feldenkrais Center for Movement and Awareness, with Julie Casson Rubin, in San Francisco in 1988.  At the center we have a full complement of classes, workshops and individualized lessons for adults. Children are seen privately.  I also provide mentorship for Feldenkrais practitioners. 

For the last 3 years, I have been working part-time at Stanford Coordinated Care at Stanford in Palo Alto.

I am interested in how Feldenkrais Method improves overall health and well-being in both the client and the practitioner. 

Education and Learning

I finished my Feldenkrais training in 1987 and was certified as a Feldenkrais Trainer in 1999. I enjoy teaching in many Feldenkrais training programs in the US and other countries, training the next generation of practitioners. I am a graduate of Columbia University in Physical Therapy, and have a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, and a B.S. in Biology and Physical Education from Rhode Island College.  I have worked with and studied alternative medicine for more than 30 years.  The studies that have influenced me the most include: Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, yoga, sensory awareness, meditation, and dance. I’m a life long learner, and Feldenkrais has given me a learning process to continue to develop and grow. 

Presentations, Teaching, and Publications

My conference presentations and in-service trainings include diverse groups such as the American Physical Therapy Association, Fisioterapia Internacional de Colombia, Worker’s Compensation Nurses and Case Managers, UCSF PT Doctoral Students, Kaiser Dermatology Department, Catholic Social Services, Sonoma Valley Hospital, UC Davis Pain Management Conference, Buen Dia Family School, Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists, St. Francis Hospital Women Physicians group, the Pacific Business Group on Health, SF State Holistic Health program, and the International Conference on Rheumatology.  

I have authored and recorded specialized Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement programs addressing chronic pain (Discover Easy Movement & Pain Relief) and pelvic floor issues (Pelvic Health & Awareness). 

My practice philosophy

Feldenkrais Method® has meant much more than a complementary medical approach to Physical Therapy. It allows me to creatively work with all kinds of people of all ages, even in situations where it seems hopeless. Engaging people in a pleasant process of learning about themselves to improve the quality of their life. The improvement can be in any area of thinking, moving, sensing and feeling. My work nourishes me as well as my students.