As I guide people through movement with my voice or with my hands, I am always reminded of how we can shift and expand the space we sense within in order to build a clearer and healthier relationship with ourselves.
Exploring this relationship requires the willingness to softly dance with our body, mind, emotions, and stories.
It is with great respect for all life experiences that I bring my understanding of being connected to our bodies and to the world into my work.
“To pay attention, that is our endless and proper work”
Growing up with scoliosis and going through the intense treatment of physical therapy, full upper-body plaster cast and then brace as a young teenager, Francine knows how it feels to be disconnected from her body.
She encountered the Feldenkrais Method through one of her first martial arts teachers in her native France, in 2004. This work helped her highlight her sense of self both on an emotional, psychological and physical level as well as finding more ease in movement and decrease the long-time back pain she was experiencing.
She moved to the US in 2006, in San Francisco, where she found another practitioner, and in 2012 decided to enroll in a 4-year long training program in Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, under the direction of David Zemach-Bersin, a direct student of Dr. Feldenkrais, who still mentors her to this day.
Her lifelong interest in holistic practices, earth-based spirituality, and human behavior has led her to ongoing studies in related fields like psychology, trauma, myths and stories, or family constellations.
She discovered the teachings of Pixie Lighthorse in 2011 and completed the last level of Soulodge Earth Medicine School in 2018. She has been studying the materials of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Sharon Blackie, Martin Shaw, Lara Veleda Vesta, Bayo Akomolafe... Most importantly she has a deeply developed relationship with the living world, which she describes as what is seen and what is unseen.
Francine lives near Philadelphia with her husband, their two daughters, a howling dog, and a lively garden. She enjoys spending time outside, finding balance between family and alone time, and expressing herself through arts: dancing, cooking, art-making, gardening.
Transformation has been a guiding lantern on Francine’s path.
To transform means to look at one's old wounds, re-write some stories and build a healthy self-image.
Francine knows that taking responsibility, having support, and exploring all parts of ourselves in a safe way will restore our life force.
Her spiritual approach is very grounded and she can walk both on the light and the shadow side, offering compassion and safety to those who are looking for authentic support and community.