About Paris Kern

Visit Paris Kern at the new Baltimore Feldenkrais Training site!

Paris Kern is an outstanding Feldenkrais Teacher. In a rare synergy, she combines a depth of understand with an effortless creativity. David Zemach-Bersin, Director Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs.

Paris Kern is a Feldenkrais® practitioner based in Baltimore, Maryland. For the last twenty two years she has helped many adults and children overcome pain, improve their quality of movement and quality of life. Growing out of  a special interest in the concerns of riders she has developed Riding with the Whole Self, a system that specifically tailors the principles Feldenkrais to the needs of horses and riders. She is also an authorized teacher of the Sounder Sleep System®.

“Paris has shown me how to reach that ‘sweet spot’ in producing a glorious sound on the trumpet. After each session, I can’t wait to pick up my horn!” Rene Hernandez, Assistant Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Paris Kern has been practicing the Feldenkrais method since 1992 and brings a compassionate yet light hearted manner to her work. Underlying her philosophy of the Feldenkrais Method is her deep belief that everyone can improve their function and quality of life. Understanding that knowledge is the only thing that lies between a person and his or her own improvement . Paris sees it as her job to guide people in their own self healing and learning. By sharing the knowledge she has gained as a practitioner and teacher of new practitioners, she teaches people how to be independent and self sustaining in their own growth.

“Like many of my clients, I first came to the Feldenkrais method as a last resort in the search for an end to pain that was severely impacting my life and livelihood. At that time, I was a touring singer and guitarist and had been forced to cancel concerts due to burning, radiating pain in my neck, arms and back. My father, Dr. Howard Kern Jr. was one of the pioneers in the whole system approach and conducted workshops and training programs to teach other psychiatrists and physicians  that you can’t address a person’s symptoms without addressing the whole person in their environment. Therefore it seemed natural to me to ask the physicians and therapists whether my breathing and posture could be connected to the pain I was experiencing. However, they had no answers for me and instead sent me away with exercises and pain medications and stretching exercises that did nothing. When I went to first Feldenkrais workshop and the teacher spoke about a person as a whole entity, not as a mind separated from a body, this approach made perfect sense to me. After that one workshop, I felt for the first time I that I was more than just the pain I was experiencing.

“It’s wonderful to be 59 years old and finding freedom of movement I had lost years ago.” Saudra Code, Level IV Senior Centered Riding Instructor and Alexander Teacher

“After taking individual lessons and group classes in Feldenkrais and Awareness Through Movement, not only did my pain disappear but I found myself a stronger, more confident performer. Two years after that first workshop, committing to a four year training program Anat Baniel seemed like the obvious choice because Feldenkrais work was the only thing I found that awakens the same inner passion in me that music does. I cut back on my touring schedule after my son was born in the fourth year of my training and as his independence grew so did my practice.

“The last twenty two years of my professional life have been devoted to helping adults and children reach their fullest potential and pursue their joys. In addition to mentoring practitioners, I organize and co teach the Feldenkrais training program in Baltimore. Because Feldenkrais work is focused on treating each person as an individual rather than applying a rote system to treating a problem, my passion for this work only continues to grow as time passes. If you would like to talk with me about how Feldenkrais work can help you or your child, please contact me.