Arona is amazing! I had
some issues with my back and pelvis a while back and Arona's sessions did wonders. My sessions with her started with a Feldenkrais
based evaluation of my posture and movement that eventually incorporated Argentine Tango and Contact Improv to help me gain
better awareness of my body.
It's hard to describe a typical session
with her since she adjusted and customized each session to fit my mood, energy, and needs for a particular day. Whether it
was floor work, manipulation on a table, or simple guided movements, every aspect of Arona's session created a lasting effect
on my body and mind.
Her sincere interest in my wellness
was felt with every touch and suggestion. I highly recommend Arona for any and
all body related work. She'll give you the ability to learn more about yourself and help you gain the skills you need to take
control of your own well being. She is also an awesome dancer and teacher of Argentine Tango. A few simple suggestions from
her dramatically improved my embrace, walking, and connection. Contact Arona if
you have any interest in living in harmony with your body and to get expert evaluation of your movement. She will change your
- Jonathan H., Engineer, Aikido Yondan (4th
Dan) & Systema Martial Artist
I am a physical performer and quiet used to move and to be manipulated
( mostly deep tissue massage). I met Arona with a sore lower back. During the next 90 minutes Arona
manipulated my whole body,
Strangely bearly giving attention to the source of my pain: the lower back. But it felt very
good. Arona continued to "play" around the source of pain, sometimes mentioning her observations.
After our session I was invited to move around the room.
Standing up and starting to move I realized: my pain in the lower back has vanished. I felt easy and light, I had the urge
move to jump, and so I did. It was astonishing how all our bones and muscles are connect
to each other, and that a local pain might be a symptom of a miss function somewhere else in the body.
- Ante U., Cirque du Soleil Performer
I found Arona to be warm and intelligent....she is a teacher that my students could relate to immediately.
She is well versed in her areas of expertise and would certainly be an asset to any organization she was employed by.
- Helen Hayes, Youth Dance Ensemble Director, Joy of Motion Dance Center
I thought the class Arona Primalani
taught the YDE students was very refreshing yet informative, as it was unlike anything I had done before. As a beginner, I
really appreciated Arona's patience, knowledge, and clear instructions. It was a wonderful class!
- Cecily Lo, Youth Dance Ensemble graduating senior, Joy of Motion
Thank you Arona for your wonderful Feldenkrais experience! I needed so much, it's so important
to travel inside ourselves each time we have an opportunity.
I hope we can meet more often!
- Cecilia Gonzalez, Professional Tango Performer & Teacher (Argentina)
I had the pleasure of participating in some of Arona's Tango-Kinetics workshops
and also had a private Feldenkreis session with her. It is obvious that she has dedicated her time and energy to master
the Feldenkreis method and the broader topics of mind/body connection. She has developed a novel way to apply this body of
knowledge in the context of dancing tango - a clear personal passion of hers. I found Arona very effective in helping dancers
expand their awareness in the pursuit of effortless and liberated movements. Not to mention, her workshops are fun!
- Aneta K. , Executive Coach,
TED Speaker (San Francisco, CA)
My body did not ship with the repair manual it so desperately needs. Arona
has sensitivity to the body so deep that her brain becomes that missing manual. At one session her fingertips enact
the essential chapters on alignment; at other sessions they artfully work through the chapters on sustained healing. If
you experience pain unresponsive to your or your physician's best efforts at relief, I heartily recommend working with Arona.
Her judgement is superlative, not just fancifully intuitive. This is why she transcends the haystack of bodyworkers.
- Rik G., Entrepeneur-Inventor
I learn a
lot about how right and left sides are different. I learned a lot about how my body is organized and engaged in different
situations. I learned to self observe my own body. The first impressions after standing up from the table [after a private
session] were a sense of grounded-ness, a sense of presence and inner peacefulness. [And] A sense of happiness. After sessions,
my dancing felt more grounded and relax, but at the same time more engaged and connected therefore it reflected on my dancing
with my partner ...
- Rosa C,
Professional Dance Instructor & Performer (San Francisco, CA)
I am a tango dancer and
not only for enjoyment, which is enormous, of course, but for therapy as well. Yes it has been clinically proven that tango
has therapeutic effects on people with PD (Parkinson's Disease). In my case it has the added benefit that the slight but annoying
shaking of my right hand miraculously disappears the instant I embrace my partner and start dancing. For me Arona has been
not only a wonderful dance partner but an astute, patient, observant, meticulous, and effective Feldenkrais practitioner dedicated
to understanding the nuances of my particular situation and to find ways to slow down the progression of my disease. I highly
recommend Arona's private Feldenkrais sessions!
- Marius P. , Rock Climber, Parkinsonian,
Dancer (Alameda, CA)
[I felt] free in movement, hard to describe, maybe like taking off a piece of
clothing that wasn't fitting so well but I didn't notice it was restrictive.
- Ian R., Engineer & Dancer (San Francisco, CA)
Session 1: I can tell you that I was feeling so good...I felt straight, without any extra tension in my hips.
As if my hips were normally blocked and suddenly they had freedom.
Session 2: I found myself yesterday eating
much more straight than usual. It was a nice surprise to see my shoulders in their place without even thinking about them.
- Marianna A., Professional
Tango Teacher (San Francisco, CA)
is dramatically improved across my entire life and self. ... Those tiny moments of panic (when something I've never done before
is led, or when I mess up) are gone from the dance. [As my dance partner said], "the playground just got twice as big."
My whole shoulder girdle is softer and lighter.
My movements have more curve and flow. I feel slightly serpentine... sometimes semi-liquid or honey-like. Feels like I was
moving kind of in large-ish blocks before, and I'm now more articulated and layered, that movement flows through or along
my body more ... This feels like experiential education at its most basic and powerful.
Self-confidence and self-image continue to improve, I'm really enjoying this. I feel like
my whole emotional baseline has shifted for the better in the last few weeks, and will stay better. Still have ups and downs,
but the overall median is better. My mind & heart used to often feel like a rather unruly pack of lemurs that sometimes
co-operated and sometimes not, with lots of different voices, needs and wants that often conflicted. Now I mostly feel like
one animal with a range of thoughts, feelings and experiences. This is much nicer, and less tiring.
- Jill, Dancer (San Francisco, CA)
Thank you for introducing me to this work. It is
quite amazing and I think you have a natural talent for this type of work.
- Paige, Director, Not-for-Profit (Oakland, CA)
is really good at what she does. She combines strong technical knowledge and experience with curiosity and a deep intuitive
sense, in beautiful balance. In working with her, I have never felt judged or "treated". It's been
a very empowering experience of guidance and growing partnership in learning more about myself, what I am capable of, and
expanding the range of choices I have across all aspects of my life.
You don't have to have something "wrong"
with you to benefit from this, although I can see how it would be helpful for a wide range of issues. I went to her
wanting to dance better, to improve my body awareness, balance, sense of axis and groundedness. From the first session,
I got this and so much more. My dancing improved dramatically, literally overnight. So did my awareness, balance
and ability to feel grounded, across my entire life and self. This probably sounds kinda new-agey, but it's very real
Best of all, I have much more self-confidence, and it's not some blindly optimistic "I
can do anything!", but the kind that comes from a much better awareness of my own capacity. Also, the illusion
of separation between the physical, intellectual, and emotional is so much less. I struggled for years trying to balance
these aspects, to sort of translate learning in one area to the others. Now it doesn't feel like that. I am
much more comfortable, feel more ME.
Some other things that I've gotten out of the Functional Integration sessions
- Physically, my movement
is much less blocky; it's more fluid and articulated, has more curve and flow.
- Finer grained awareness, across multiple
levels: physical, emotional, intellectual, etc.
- I'm much more relaxed, and can choose to be relaxed, including my
neck and shoulders which carried a LOT of tension for many years.
- Feels like my "flow" is souped-up.
- I think more clearly and creatively, I'm better at problem-solving, more able to figure things out, and don't get as
caught up in feeling bad about things.
- Patterns and habits across many parts of my life sort of loosened up and became
more optional; I became more aware of them, and also curious and playful with them.
- I'm generally happier, my mood
baseline has shifted more towards the positive. I have a much more curious and playful approach to things,
The really wonderful thing about this work is that it didn't feel like work. It felt like natural, easy transitions
that just happened. This is serious personal development that feels easy, playful and fun. I recommend it very
- Jill G, Hiker, Dancer
I really enjoyed
Arona's emotion in motion workshop. I took away many things I had not thought of before. For me, to connect emotionally
during the embrace of dance is of utmost importance. So I took every opportunity she gave us during the many different excercises
to apply it to my own dancing. Those parts alone were worth it for me.
I highly value a teacher who challenges
and pushes me and brings forth areas and angles I hadn't thought of before. That's one of Arona's greatest gifts.
I highly recommend classes/workshops/privates with her. She is a wonderful teacher in every sense of the word.
- Randy C., Tango Dancer
(San Francisco, CA)