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In search of more than just technique, I offer a vital and dynamic approach to therapeutic mind-body training and integrated wellness, one that’s highly effective, deeply creative and resonates with our longing for a better world.
Ophra

I come from a line of beautiful and incredibly strong women. My great-grandmother is still remembered by some today in the streets of Fez as the Jewish woman who was healer to the King’s court. My grandmother Sol uprooted her family’s deeply established life in Morocco to give her seven daughters a chance at realizing an entirely new way of being.

I was born in Jerusalem, just three years before Sol passed at the young age of 54. My love for her sparked a flame that’s fueled me to live a life that heals the wounds and venerates the power that these women have carried forward, and that I have learned to own.

Three years old is also when I started dancing in my dreams. I had vivid and recurring dreams, in one I’m up in the sky playing a game and every time the wheel spins, I’m chosen to be a dancer.

I started dance classes soon after and I stopped when I was about twelve, increasingly convinced of my inadequacy. When I rediscovered dancing in the dark warehouses of San Francisco the summer of my Freshman year in college, the demon of inadequacy was right there where I’d left it. But this time I couldn’t stop dancing.

I joined the dance department at UC Berkeley as an antidote to the wild all-night improvisations, and came face to face with myself in a wall of mirrors. I survived it (despite the terror and the tears) because I had a conviction. Two years into studying the mechanics of social movement in the Sociology department, I knew without a doubt that it wasn’t the world I had to change, it was myself.

There was intense urgency in my longing for peace – I grew up in a war and there was plenty of fighting and misunderstanding right at home. At nineteen I saw that the war was as much inside me as out, so I dove into movement and made a lifelong commitment to unraveling the blocks and opening the pathways to another way of being.

It’s been almost two decades now that I’ve been fully dedicated to investigating the connection of the mind, body and heart through movement, performance and bodywork. I’ve gone pretty far to do this, across five continents in search of teachers and into the woods with experimental theater groups, and my curiosity has been fed a hefty dose of laughter and love to keep me at it for decades to come.

Like me, my work is a unique synthesis with roots in the ancient, presence in the moment and an eye towards the future, creating and embodying a new culture of self-awareness. In search of more than just technique, I offer a vital and dynamic approach to therapeutic mind-body training and integrated wellness, one that’s highly effective, deeply creative and resonates with our longing for a better world.

So where do we go when we’ve reached the limit of what our current way of living can offer us? What do we do when the way of life we’ve worked so hard to create and stabilize is destructive to ourselves and to our environment?

"We go inside to discover new possibilities and create new dimensions."

Patterns Patterns Patterns

I look a lot like my mom, and I strongly resemble her six sisters and many of their daughters. Growing up around all these women who look like me gave me plenty of chances to see the physical, emotional and psychological patterns I was embodying, and to understand that many of them preceded me. I also understood that the patterns I was less than thrilled about were likely to stick around long after me if I didn’t do something about it. Instead of assuming that that’s just the way I am, I started to ask, why am I like that? And more to the point, what kind of change can I affect?

While exploring my own readiness to heal and taking responsibility for patterns that had deteriorated both my physical and emotional well-being, I discovered that I can be a guide to others.

People often come to me when they’ve run out of options and don’t know what to do. So where do we go when we’ve reached the limit of what our current way of living can offer us? What do we do when the way of life we’ve worked so hard to create and stabilize is destructive to ourselves and to our environment? We go inside to discover new possibilities and create new dimensions.

Healing Hoo Ha!

In our society, healing seems to be a passive exercise, something someone does for you or a mysterious act that’s done on you. I’ve helped catalyze some incredible transformations in people’s health and vitality, but I’m not in the hoo ha business. It’s important to understand that you are your own healer and we each have our own way. I just act as a guide to help you understand how patterns of movement – physical, emotional, and psychological – are shaping the way you move through life and give you the tools to essentially heal yourself.

I invite you to enter the practice  starting from where you are. Sometimes we open the pathways for a shift into a new pattern through therapeutic hands-on practices and sometimes through awareness and movement exercises. An initial assessment will help us chart our course and determine if any of the therapeutic hands-on modalities I offer – Thai Bodywork, Chi Ne Tsang, Biodynamic Craniosacral, Reiki and Qi Gong meridian work – are appropriate for you.

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