Gabriella uses very slow, very gentle movements to retrain the brain and nervous systems to "wake up" a body to its original vitality and freedom. Bad habits, traumas, pain, aging — all of these take a toll on the body's ability to move gracefully, and Gabriella, with great good grace and soft, skillful manipulations puts things right.
I understand the principles, but I don't understand the artistry. And yet I do know that what Gabriella does works. A lesson with her is worth about a thousand massages,
and about the same number of yoga sessions. The movements are very slow, but the results seem to come very fast. I am very grateful for what she has done for me.
When I first started to work with Gabriella, I had just been in an automobile accident and was dealing with a moderate concussion. My symptoms included; seizures, headaches, vertigo, language and writing misfires, tinnitus and slow processing of information.
From my first session, I was surprised by the gentleness of the work. At first, I wondered how something so gentle could make a difference with what I was dealing with. I found the sessions to be very relaxing and in the process recognized that being relaxed contributed to the effectiveness of her work...after several sessions, my gait improved.
I noticed a difference after the first session. I felt more relaxed and I also remember noticing after lessons that I felt like I had just done a yoga session.
I credit my significant recovery from my concussion to the lessons and her work on/with me.
As a concert pianist, I am especially sensitive to subtle inward bodily sensations that translate on a moment to moment basis into sounds. Gabriella's lessons came as revelations.
At the end of each session there was always an epiphany, notable by its unexpectedness. I felt like I had a new body, or a body that had reawakened to an earlier state. Sometimes a certain group of muscles (some of which I did not know I possessed) had entered into a harmony with each other that I had never thought possible.
Gabriella has a wonderful presence that allows me to enter deeply into the lesson.