In 1997, Olivia Cheever co-founded the Mind/Body Department at Longy so that students and faculty might benefit from mind-body awareness as part of their development and practice as performing artists and teachers.
Deepened by working 20 years as a licensed psychotherapist and massage therapist, Ms. Cheever focuses on the mind-body connection and somatic education, including the Feldenkrais Method® and the Feldenkrais-based Bones for Life® bone strengthening programs. She has applied her multidisciplinary background to help musicians, athletes, somatic educators, dance movement therapists, and other health professionals.
Ms. Cheever’s publications include an article “Connected Knowing and Somatic Empathy” in the Spring 2000 issue of Revision and a book chapter co-authored with physical therapist Lisa Cohen called “The Feldenkrais Method” in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Rehabilitation.
“The Feldenkrais Method is a passport to independence. One of my students calls it a “get out of jail free” card. Worth noting: Feldenkrais practitioners (some 3,000 trained worldwide since 1969) think of the people we work with as students, not patients. This is meant to be an educational modality, not a medical treatment. Paradoxically, when you focus on learning, healing seems to happen on its own.”
B.A., Smith College; M.A., Columbia University; Ed.D., Harvard University (Counseling Psychology). Certified Feldenkrais teacher training with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais; certified Bones For Life® teacher/trainer (studies with Ruthy Alon). Licensed psychotherapist and massage therapist. Seminars for musicians, health, and mental health professionals at Boston University, Wellesley College, Harvard Medical School, Lesley University, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, MGH institute for the Health Professions, Muscular Therapy Institute. Presentations in Europe and Canada. Faculty: Longy School of Music, Lesley University, Union Graduate Institute.