Michael de Styrcea

About Me

For most of my working life, I have practised in London in the property industry specialising in property management consultancy to major organisations in the public and private sector.

Whilst pursuing a conventional career, I nurtured an interest in healing which was rather sidelined by professional demands and the pressures of bringing up a young family. But then something happened which changed the direction of my life significantly.

After my son was born, it became apparent that he was not developing normally. Investigations revealed that he had nerve damage in his neck which affected the way that brain signals communicated with his muscles leading to impaired balance, mobility etc.

As he grew older he had regular physiotherapy to assist his development. This undeniably had benefits but our impression was that it was not so much helping him to advance as preventing deterioration. However, the process was often painful particularly when muscles were being stretched and this made him reluctant to participate. Additionally it was recommended to surgically cut his adductors to lengthen them and to use botox injections to relax the muscles.

After further research, we refused both recommendations. We did not believe that a surgical intervention to cut a muscle would do anything other than weaken it and, in spite of its popularity, we felt instinctively that regular injections of a harmful toxin could lead to longer term problems. In short, we felt let down.

Consequently, we investigated alternative therapies and interventions which might benefit him. Top of the pile was the Feldenkrais Method. We knew nothing about it but it sounded promising.

Over the following years, my son had regular Feldenkrais lessons. The sessions were challenging but fun. He enjoyed them because there was no pain and he could see progress.

The lessons involved a series of exercises that replicated many of the developmental patterns of growth. They particularly focussed on crawling, turning, reaching and grasping. They included manipulation of feet and hands; all done gently and often as games.

And the benefits began almost immediately. He began to develop many inherent and reflexive skills that had lain dormant. His balance improved, the range of movement expanded and he began to grow much faster.

The improvement was steady. Each improvement would be assimilated and then built on. We would sometimes get a bit frustrated when we couldn't see any improvement but then we would see a major leap forward as various changes suddenly came together. He was also rather proud of his achievements. It all seemed rather miraculous!

The process was so amazing that I had my moment of epiphany. I could put my interest and talents in healing to the Feldenkrais Method. So I decided to train to become a Feldenkrais practitioner and in 2003 I enrolled on a course. After training spread over four years, I qualified in 2007 and began my practice. Now based in Hampshire, I practise in the beautiful countryside near Petersfield.