My Story

How Feldenkrais helped me with chronic pain

After passing out from sudden lower back pain 21 years ago, I knew something was seriously wrong. No matter what I tried to get better and stronger I always ended up re-injuring myself. I couldn’t resolve this chronic problem with traditional models of care.

I went back to school and got my  Massage Therapy Diploma. Then I discovered the intelligence of The Feldenkrais Method®.

It made a huge difference that provided lasting change. I have been injury free for 14 years.

What a relief to discover that my body was not broken. It was confused!

That is when I decided to specialize in Injury Rehab and become something of a “movement detective”.

I became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner™ in 2004, and have committed myself to helping people out of their own pain, and EMPOWER them to move smarter and improve their longevity.


My Qualifications

Fariya has over 28 years of experience in dealing with the art and science of healing the body. She is an experienced Registered Massage Therapist and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner™ and Buteyko instructor.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree at McMaster University (1990), a Massage Therapy Diploma at Sutherland-Chan Massage School (1993), Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner™ (2004) and certified in the Buteyko breathing method in 2020. Fariya has continuously advanced her knowledge in bodywork, taking courses and workshops yearly.

Her practice involves being a “movement detective” for people. Seeing glitches in a patient’s movement habits, she helps them correct and maintain better postural patterns.

Fariya has a specialization in joint problems, chronic conditions, and respiratory issues.

Due to her unique approach in rehabilitation, she receives patients throughout the Golden Horseshoe as well as “Over the River” in New York State. Fariya also provides online services, such as private care, and classes.

 Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario , and the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. She has previously volunteered and served on the Executive Committee of the Niagara Area Business Women’s Network (NABWN), the RMTAO and her local Massage Therapy Chapter. She has written articles for magazines in Niagara.

Currently, Fariya serves on the Board of Directors for the Feldenkrais Guild of North America (FGNA).

The following are service marks or certification marks of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America: Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method™, Functional Integration®, Awareness Through Movement®, ATM™, FI™, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher™ , and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner™.