About Fred Onufryk
Many people who have developed new and integrative approaches to movement have done so in order to overcome their own disabilities and limitations. Others have had a curiosity to discover the best ways to recover from disabilities , and to help others overcome limitations. My own story stems from the need to overcome the pain and disability after being thrown off a horse when I was in my early 20’s, and being told that nothing further could be done for me. I was fortunate to work with some very talented professionals, including Physical Therapists and chiropractors. I continued to explore; yoga, Tai Chi, various forms of exercise, the Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique. A class in Kinesiology, the study of joints, muscles and movement, was a turning point for me, eventually leading me to enter the Physical Therapy Program at Arcadia University.
I was privileged to experience a variety of different working environments. They include the acute care hospital setting, sports medicine and orthopedic outpatient care, home care, and occupational medicine and ergonomics. Continuing education includes orthopedic spine and back care, and mobilization of the spine and extremities. I devoted 9 months over a four year period to become a certified practitioner in the Feldenkrais Method. I still felt the vision of my practice was limited. Curiosity led me to Australia to study with the Neuro Orthopedic Institute (NOI) for pain treatment which includes movement and mental imagery. A chance meeting while waiting for a surfing lesson in Hawaii changed my life when I was introduced me to Dynamic Neuromuscular ReStabilization (DNS). Courses from the Prague School of Rehabilitation in DNS, including receiving a scholarship, certifies me as a DNS Exercise Trainer.
Teaching has always been a great joy for me. I have had the opportunity to teach the Feldenkrais Method as guest lecturer at the Nazareth College and Ithaca College Physical Therapy Programs. Other opportunities have been teaching the Feldenkrais Method to Physical Therapists and medical personnel throughout Finland rehabilitation clinics and Tampere University. Workshop presenter at the annual Feldenkrais Guild Conference. I have been teaching and working with musicians at the Eastman School of Music since 2000, as well as at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.
This extensive and varied education allows me to draw from a vast variety of approaches to develop your comprehensive treatment. An integrative movement approach, focusing on the innate intelligence of the nervous system, and global movement patterns which will improve your daily activities and functions, leading to improved mobility and increased confidence in your daily life. Moving better to feel better.