About Eileen Bach-y-Rita

Eileen Back-y-Rita

Eileen Back-y-Rita

Eileen Bach-y-Rita is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, author and teacher of healing modalities based on the plasticity of the human brain.  In her private practice, clients with a variety of physical injuries, limitations and special needs have come to see her from afar to spend full days or weeks for the rapid relearning possibilities she facilitates for them.  Users of her audio products love her voice, the simplicity and clarity of her teaching style, and have learned to overcome a variety of physical limitations and injuries through these programs.

Eileen Bach-y-Rita is a graduate of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ first professional training in the United States. Eileen studied with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais between 1977, in San Francisco, and 1981 in Amherst, after experiencing the remarkable healing of her own injured back, during a four-day workshop led by him. She was an Instructor in the Feldenkrais® Guild Professional Training programs for 10 years.

She received her B.A. from Dominican University in San Rafael, California in 1978. Eileen is a certified Trainer in “Bones for Life”, a Feldenkrais -inspired approach developed by Ruthi Alon, which helps prevent and reverse osteoporosis.

In 1996, Eileen was the recipient of the Dominican University Psychology Department Alumni Achievement Award, given “in recognition of leadership and vision, commitment to community and dedication to applying spirit and knowledge toward building a better world.” Eileen is also a member of the National Honors Society in Psychology, Psi Chi, and is listed in the National Registry of Who’s Who,
1999 edition.

In 1997, she toured Australia for 6 weeks at the invitation of the Feldenkrais National Council of Australia, teaching advanced trainings to their Feldenkrais Certified Practitioners in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. In Australia, she appeared on several Television and Radio shows to promote the Feldenkrais Method™, her public seminars as well as her own teaching products.

In 1976 and 1977, under grants from the National Institute of Health and the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana de Mexico, Eileen designed and led two successful pilot projects in movement recovery and brain plasticity for ‘permanently’ brain injured adults, in San Francisco and in Mexico City. Even after being paralyzed for up to twenty years, individuals in her group regained motion and abilities that they and their physicians had thought were lost forever.

Her thesis, “New Pathways in the Recovery from Brain Injury”, was published by Somatics magazine in 1981. Her ten-hour audio course, originally titled “Feldenkrais at Home™, Aligning Your Body I, II, & III“, a sequential movement program on CDs and downloads, has sold continuously since 1985. The Esalen Institute, the Upledger Institute, and the Feldenkrais Guild of North America carried them for many years; also through Physical Therapy and Massage Centers, by word of mouth and through her website. The original program has been retitled “Aligning Your Body I, II & III” .

Articles about her work have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, This is Your San Francisco, The Sydney Jewish News Somatics Magazine, Spa Magazine and Escapes. She has appeared on KRON TV, and KLCC, and in Australia, Channel 10, The Monday through Friday show, Channel 9, THE TODAY SHOW and been interviewed on Australian Radio programs.

Invited and sponsored by the “Association Bertrand” in Grenoble, France, Eileen returned for several years to work with infants and young children with varying degrees of brain damage, helping them to catch up with their age group.

For the last 45 years, she has studied the advances in the field of brain plasticity and has combined this knowledge with the ideas of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, Dr. Candace Pert, and Dr. Milton Erikson with excellent results for her clients and students.

She has taught Courses for the General Public and “Advanced Trainings for Feldenkrais Practitioners” on various topics including “The Plasticity of the Brain and the Language of Feldenkrais”, “Early Developmental Movements for Children and Adults”, ” Improve your Back and Neck the Feldenkrais Way” and ” Grow your Brain at Any Age for Health, Repair and Recovery” and “Baby Movements for Grown-ups”.

“New Pathways in the Recovery from Brain Injury”, Somatics, 1981.
“Feldenkrais at Home™” a ten hour comprehensive movement course for body alignment and enhanced posture and performance. 1985.
“The Tale of The Lame Paw” Published in the 8/2016 issue of SenseAbility, the online publication of the Feldenkais Guild of Somatic Education.
“Visualization, Play and “Doing it Wrong” Feldenkrais Strategies for TBI” Published in the 1/2016 issue of SenseAbility, the online publication of the Feldenkais Guild of Somatic Education.

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