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Matt Leve, PT, MSPT, GCFP

Physical Therapy, Master's of Physical Therapy, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

Feldenkrais stated that “if you don’t know what you are doing, you can’t do what you want.”  In other words, if you go through life acting in an unconscious manner, why expect a positive result.  He understood the intrinsic value of developing internal awareness.  Both Feldenkrais and Tai Chi involve the development and refinement of kinesthetic awareness through the practice of various movement patterns.  Combined with the traditional methods of physical therapy such as manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, this approach can be very effective in optimizing self organization, speeding the healing process, and reducing injury recurrence.  It is also tremendously empowering to learn that one has the innate potential to improve and cope with any challenges that life may present us.  Whether your goal is to improve walking, posture and balance, rehabilitate after a surgery, or to improve any other habitual movement pattern that seems to be a problem, I am happy to be your coach.  Everyone can benefit from awareness.

I completed my physical therapy training at the University of Montana in 2000 and have been working with Patrick at Shift since moving to NYC in 2003.  With more than 15 years in practice as a physical therapist, 20 years of experience in the martial arts, and my training in the Feldenkrais® method I consider myself a movement enthusiast and a movement specialist.  I am also an avid cook and enjoy movies and the outdoors.  I have an extensive background in orthopedic rehabilitation and treating clients with chronic pain and a wide range of neurological conditions.  I also offer private sessions for clients who are looking to improve overall fitness and I teach weekly small group or private Tai Chi classes.

Master's of Physical Therapy, University of Montana