Zhiwei Li

Zhiwei is a dedicated and passionate guild-certified Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement teacher. With a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from New York University, Zhiwei's academic pursuit was driven by a profound interest in understanding the neural mechanisms of curiosity, which is a significant missing piece in our modern day education system. Yet, recognizing the significant role embodiment plays in the understanding of curiosity that is lacking in the current academic paradigms, Zhiwei embarked on a mission to bridge the gap between cognitive science and somatic education.

After completing the PhD and gaining experience in the tech industry, Zhiwei made the decision to follow her passion for somatic education through the Feldenkrais Method. This transformative approach not only helped Zhiwei overcome chronic back pain, but also revealed how the body plays a crucial role in decision-making and self-exploration. For Zhiwei, the Feldenkrais method has become a fundamental methodology for learning anything, from rock climbing to singing, playing musical instruments, or even optimizing comfort when using computers.

As the Chinese saying goes, "giving a person a fish is not as valuable as teaching them how to fish." Zhiwei is dedicated to sharing the Feldenkrais Method with curious students who are eager to unlock their physical health and reach their full potential by learning how to learn through the body and movements.

What My Clients Say

"I really enjoy the detailed examination of movements, as well as the knowledge of anatomy and neuroscience that Zhiwei offers to help deepen my understanding and connection to myself. It feels deeply applicable to my everyday life.” — David S.

What My Clients Say

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What My Clients Say

"I really enjoy the detailed examination of movements, as well as the knowledge of anatomy and neuroscience that Zhiwei offers to help deepen my understanding and connection to myself. It feels deeply applicable to my everyday life.” — David S.

What My Clients Say

"Zhiwei is very open and supportive, allowing me to gradually overcome my fear of expressing and communicating my needs.“ — Sutay L.

What My Clients Say

“At first, I tried to slow down my movements, and it felt very difficult. My brain had a hard time relaxing and relinquishing control. But after a while, all the movements gradually became incredibly easy and smooth. Even when I walk and rock climb, it has become immensely light and enjoyable!” — Yasmin Z.

What My Clients Say

"Mainstream culture emphasizes 'willpower' and 'efficiency' too much, making me feel tired and anxious all the time. However, the Feldenkrais Method is so gentle and subtle, helping me gradually unlearn many thought patterns and become more compassionate to myself." - Sara S.

"By the end of the tenth session, I could hardly believe the transformation that took place over time. Only by looking back to session one can I truly appreciate how far I’ve come. The changes were incremental, and minuscule at times, but that’s how lasting change eventuates."

Laura Thomas

"Eleven months ago, at the age of 22, I had a spinal repair of my L5-S1 vertebrae. This was the last resort to continuing back issues from the age of 10.  I am currently pain free and have not felt this good in a very long time.  If bodywork is desired, then Alex is the person to see."

Michael Locasto

"As a licensed therapeutic bodyworker myself, I choose Alex as my bodywork therapist.  It is the focus, self-authenticity, and centered presence that Alex brings to his work that truly makes him a gifted healer."

Courtney Cowie, LMBT

"He works with both confidence and curiosity, and has a special ability to hold space for his clients free from judgement and expectation. As a result of this work I now inhabit my body in new ways."

Annemarie Kalson

"For the last 15+ years I’ve learned to function outside of my body as a method to suppress emotions and also as a protective means in an effort to deal with chronic pain. Not only has Ellen helped me find the ability to listen to my body, but she helped me find my voice and confidence, both of which I was previously greatly lacking. Ellen was a voice of strength when celebrating my success, and she also provided unwavering support when some of the work brought up “old stuff” that felt scary for a short time. To infer that the work we’ve done together has been transformational would truly be an understatement. Not only has my physical pain reduced, my relationships with my family and partner have flourished due to my ability to regulate myself and effectively communicate needs and hold appropriate boundaries. I am so grateful to Ellen for all she has done, and I look forward to continuing our work together as we continue to work on releasing the chronic stress and tension in my body, helping to calm my nervous system, and ultimately move toward an even more comfortable state of embodiment."

"Working with Ellen one-on-one was an incredible deep dive into self-knowledge through experiencing my body. Where Ellen shines is her talent for creating a space for exploration that is gentle, honest, safe, and empowering all at once. Ellen’s knowledge and expertise are clear, but her approach is one of partnership. And it works! I clearly see the physical and emotional results."

"I've always been someone who'd rather be in the library than at the gym. So when I seriously herniated a disc in my lower back, I was completely unprepared for the recovery process. The injury was very bad, and I had to have surgery for pain relief. The surgery was successful, but for many years my core and leg muscles remained incredibly weak and intractable, and I was living with chronic nerve pain in my legs.

Then, after multiple unsuccessful rounds of physical therapy, I met Ellen, and working with her changed my life. She met me where I was with my body and mind-body connection, which felt like rock bottom. She taught me fundamental somatics exercises for recovering command of my body, and radical knowledge for developing my own daily somatics practices. It's not an exaggeration to say her therapy renewed my relationship with myself. Today I feel more cognizant and comfortable in my body than I've ever felt before in my life. My daily life isn't organized around nerve pain anymore, and I'm able to relax and move again. I actually feel more desire to move and grow than ever before. I can't testify to her work and wisdom enthusiastically enough."

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