Interview with SF1 Grad Janet Loops

Ira Feinstein: When you first heard about “Feldenkrais,” was it the man or the method?

Janet Loops: Actually, it was both. My husband, Lester Loops, and I had gone to a party at Marty Weiner's house (Marty was also in the San Francisco training. He passed away in 2011.) Josef DellaGrotte was there and he told us about Moshe and a workshop he was teaching in Berkeley that we might be interested in observing. So, my husband and I went to Berkeley and sat in the back and watched him teach an ATM® lesson to a group of people. 

IF: You didn't participate in the lesson?

JL: No, he wouldn't let us. There were a number of us there just observing.

IF: The first time I saw the method in action, as it were, I observed an ATM lesson. I remember watching people at the end of a floor lesson stand up and move around the room really slowly. They were obviously getting something out of the experience, but I had no clue what I was witnessing. What was that experience of observing like for you?

JL: We didn't have a clue, either. It just looked really fascinating. I was very interested in movement and exercise, and I thought, “Well, this is a very strange kind of method.” I felt very curious about it. So, I checked into it a little bit more and decided that I'd like to try it.

IF: Did you join the training at that point?

JL: Pretty much. They were having people apply. Both Chloe Scott and myself applied, but we didn't think we'd be accepted—we didn't think we'd qualify. But we got in. At the time, we still didn't know that the method involved a hands-on component, that came a bit later.

IF: So, did you think when you signed up that you'd just be learning how to teach people ATM classes?

JL: Right. It wasn't until we were in the training and I'd had about six private lessons with Moshe that it dawned on me that we'd be learning this is a hands-on component as well.

IF: Wow! You had a lot of lessons with Moshe.

JL: Yes, I did.

IF: What was it like?

JL: I was having a lot of problems with my back because I'd had five whiplash accidents. Doctors had told me that I was going to be in a wheelchair by the time I was thirty; so that's when I started taking and then teaching yoga classes. It kind of helped but I had all this scar tissue on my back. So when I started the training, I had a lot of lessons from him. Moshe really helped me. I haven't had any problems since.

IF: What was his table manner like?

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