"I want to thank you for being a point of light for me in this process of opening."
She is really talented and does a really great job of articulating difficult concepts. Rather than just going through a series of poses, her classes evolve and Ophra spends time with each person to make sure s/he has time to ‘get it’ and ask questions. To me, Ophra’s classes are more about learning about the mind-body connection and how it affects our everyday life than they are about doing a routine series of poses. They have helped me to grow and think on a different plane – to carry what we work on outside the studio and incorporate it into my daily life. I walk away from the classes feeling calm and open – both mentally and physically – and also like I’ve learned something.
"Thank you so much, Ophra, for all that you do. Your work has helped me grow and think on a different plane - you articulate concepts and guide our work through difficult mind-body concepts so well and it's absolutely changed the way I incorporate movement into my daily life."
"Sessions are confidence-inspiring!"
Real progress takes time, but after I began working with Ophra, what astonished me was how rapidly my pain, and my mood, began to improve. Ophra’s bodywork is not passive. She teaches you how to pay attention to the sources of pain in your body and how to think, breathe, and move in ways that will help you to heal. Her calm, empathic strength helps to root you in body and mind, and her hands are no less talented. I have never met anyone who is so fully a healer.
Ophra teaches that pain is a signal; if you do not track that signal and address the underlying causes, you will not be able to heal your pain. “Painkillers” are exactly that–they dampen the signal, but they do nothing to alleviate the physical and emotional stresses that have caused the pain in the first place.
Group classes with Ophra enabled me to take what I learned into my daily life. I breathe differently, move differently, think differently, and in ways that have made me stronger, more flexible, leaner, and more resilient. Ophra’s comfort-oriented, kinetic approach ensured that, unlike with the Pilates and yoga I had practiced, I would not stress my body and potentially re-injure myself. In Ophra’s classes, we are not static–we don’t hold postures. Instead we move, organically, in ways that our bodies aren’t accustomed to in modern life, especially after spending years sitting in cubicles.
Moving dynamically on these other planes repositioned me in the world, and much for the better. I began to improve with Ophra within the first month; five months in, it was as if someone had injected me with human growth hormone. Eight months after I began working with Ophra, my body was entirely new, and in many ways stronger than it had ever been. I now know how to manage it properly, as well as how to respond effectively to physical and emotional stress.
I carry Ophra’s business cards in my wallet, and give them to every one of my doctors and to any woman I meet with chronic pain. Ophra isn’t magic; she is something much better: the real deal. She saved my life, and whether or not yours needs saving, she can vastly improve it in ways you’ve never imagined. There is no one I would trust with my body and heart more than her.
"When I met Ophra I had spent months in bed due to herniated discs and a pain disorder. Real progress takes time, but after I began working with Ophra, what astonished me was how rapidly my pain, and my mood, began to improve. I breathe differently, move differently, think differently, and in ways that have made me stronger, more flexible, leaner, and more resilient."
"Spiritually & physically, I have been moved."
Nadia Murray Goodman
"Your work helped me to breathe into life, to trust myself and my body"
Your work has helped keep me grounded, literally and figuratively, and reminded me that a better way toward whole body health and “fitness” is from the inside out rather than starting with what the outside of the body should be doing or looking like.
I feel confident adding on the years knowing I have the type of work you are teaching me to keep me moving, confident, healthy and vibrant!
"I really count on your sessions to maintain and expand my body awareness. And I feel confident adding on the years knowing I have the type of work you are teaching me to keep me moving, confident, healthy and vibrant!"
"I've experienced a significant reduction in pain and discomfort and I no longer need to brace myself when I get out of a chair."
"My pain has all but disappeared - I couldn't have done it without your contribution."
"You are an excellent teacher."