Abbe has been working as a movement & somatic educator since 1998, and is a qualified practitioner in Feldenkrais Method, Pilates, and classical ballet (R.A.D).
Having been introduced to somatic (mind-body) learning approaches during her dance training, Abbe continued further studies in this field over the years (Ideokinesis, Alexander Technique), before beginning classes in Feldenkrais Method in 2001. One of the first teachers to introduce Pilates to Ireland in 2000, she was a co-founder & director of Dublin Pilates Studio from 2002-2006, before establishing Feldenkrais Dublin in 2007.
Following a back injury in 2004, a course of individual Feldenkrais lessons (with practitioner Sabine Volkmann) proved to be a life-changing experience, enabling a full recovery along with an unexpected improvement of ease and ability far beyond the pre-injury state. This opened up a ‘new world of movement’, previously unimaginable, and led to a professional training in the Feldenkais Method from 2005-2008 (Amsterdam International Feldenkrais Training).
Abbe’s approach is informed both by her background in somatic movement, and her own experience with recovering from injuries. Her practice is based in Dublin (with regular days in Killarney, Co. Kerry) and she enjoys working with a wide range of people with diverse needs – from people of all ages with back, shoulder and neck pain, to professional performers (musicians, actors, dancers), and athletes.
Particular areas of interest and experience include working with: postural and movement limitations, scoliosis, back, neck and shoulder pain, arthritic conditions, repetitive strain injuries, post hip-replacement, stress reduction, and specific training for performing artists and athletes.
Abbe is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and member of Feldenkrais Ireland (www.feldenkrais.ie).