What is Debono Moves*?

Debono MovesSM is an easy-to-learn, natural approach that empowers people to create healing relationships with their animals.

Debono Moves uses gentle touch, movement and a heart-centered connection to help animals release tension, move more freely, recover from injury and minimize age-related changes. It can cultivate a deeper bond, create a calm state and reduce stress for both animal and human. It was developed by Mary Debono, who incorporated many of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ teachings into her work.

*Debono Moves was formerly called the SENSE Method.

What are some of the benefits of Debono Moves?

  • Easier, more comfortable movement, even when arthritis is present
  • Can facilitate a full recovery after injury or surgery
  • Minimizes problems associated with aging
  • Promotes long-term soundness and vitality
  • Anxiety is replaced with confidence
  • Supports end of life transitions
  • Deepens the animal-human bond
  • Relieves soreness and tight muscles
  • Improves communication between animal and human
  • Provides a wonderful way to give back to your animal friend
  • Makes grooming a pleasant experience even for sensitive animals
  • Improved body awareness can make training easy and fun!

Debono Moves benefits animals of all ages and levels of fitness, from improving the performance of an agility competitor to helping a dog with hip dysplasia move more freely. Debono Moves maximizes the potential of all animals, enhancing the healing process and reducing the risk of injury and degenerative disease. Well-being and comfort are increased.

How does Debono Moves work?

Debono Moves uses techniques that include lifting, holding, sliding, rocking and circling different parts of an animal. These movements help release tension while they wake up areas that have been “turned off” due to previous injury or imbalance. With this hands-on help, the animal experiences movement that is balanced and unrestricted. Since the new movement is also pleasurable, the animal’s nervous system will be more likely to integrate it, thus creating improvement in the animal’s comfort, functioning and well-being. The gentleness of Debono Moves makes it appropriate for virtually all ages and physical conditions.

The non-habitual nature of Debono Moves also increase the human’s ability to be in the moment and “tune into” the animal. Communication between human and animal is taken to a new level and a deeper bond is forged. Some experience telepathic feelings or dreams about their animals after doing SENSE work.

Since being attentive to your own comfort and movement habits will increase your ability to help your animal, we incorporate Awareness Through Movement® lessons from the Feldenkrais Method®, a system of somatic education that improves human functioning. The Feldenkrais Method can improve people’s ease of movement, posture, flexibility and balance, while reducing their aches and pains. Debono Moves is indeed a win-win for animal and human!

What makes Debono Moves unique?

Debono Moves is designed to simultaneously improve the functioning and well-being of both the human and the animal. Debono Moves helps you to tap into the healing power of connection to generate well-being and vitality in both yourself and your animal companion.

Difficulty and deterioration are not inevitable for yourself or for your animals. Empower yourself by learning how you can easily improve your health and harmony and that of your animal companions!

What kinds of workshops, products, and services do you offer?

  • Canine Workshops
  • Horse and Rider Workshops
  • Feldenkrais Method® Workshops
  • Products to improve posture and relieve back pain
  • Private Feldenkrais sessions for humans in my office in Encinitas, California
  • Group clinics may be arranged for dogs, horses and people in other locations

For dog lovers, Mary leads canine workshops. Participants learn how to improve the well-being, comfort, and movement of their animal friends. Participants also use Awareness Through Movement exercises to improve their own body awareness and comfort.

For horse lovers, Mary Debono teaches horse and rider workshops. Participants learn how to effectively use Debono Moves concepts to improve the well-being and performance of horses, while they improve their own body awareness (and thus their riding) through the use of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® exercises.

Mary teaches Feldenkrais Method workshops to help people improve their ease of movement, balance, posture and coordination.

Products include our unique Rollercise Package that instantly eliminates back and shoulder tension while improving posture. We also have additional Feldenkrais videos available.

Based out of her office in Encinitas, California (USA), Mary maintains a busy private practice for people. Mary is occasionally available to work one-on-one with dogs and horses in her geographic area. Group clinics may be arranged for those outside the North County San Diego, California area. Please email her at mary@debonomoves.com or call 858.842.4006 for appointment information.

How can I organize a workshop in my area?

Organizing a workshop is easy! To host a canine workshop, please call 858.842.4006 or email mary@debonomoves.com. To learn how to host an equine workshop, please click here!

Q: What is the Feldenkrais Method® and how does it eliminate pain and movement restrictions? Can it improve my athletic skills, too?

The Feldenkrais Method, named after its creator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, is a profound approach to improving human movement and maximizing potential.

The Feldenkrais Method uses sensory motor learning to ease aches and pains and enhance skills. It is an innovative approach to achieving dynamic health and well-being and reducing stress. Feldenkrais® practitioners teach people how to discover efficient and comfortable movement patterns, freeing them from restrictions and pain.

Individuals who participate in Awareness Through Movement lessons or private sessions can expect improved performance and enjoyment of pursuits such as riding, golf, running, handling their canine companions, swimming, yoga, martial arts, tennis, walking, and weight-training.

In addition, the Feldenkrais Method has proven to be effective for people with carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries, chronic and acute back pain, neck and shoulder tension, headaches, neuralgia, foot, knee and hip pain.

As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM, Mary’s development of SENSE Method was strongly inspired by the teaching of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.

For further information, go to our Humans page. To find a Feldenkrais practitioner in your area, go to www.Feldenkrais.com.

What is Mary’s training?

Mary graduated from the four-year professional Feldenkrais® training program in 1996 and the development of Debono Moves was greatly informed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’ pioneering work for people. Prior to that, Mary’s studies have included canine and equine bio-mechanics, massage, acupressure and other energetic techniques. Mary’s husband, Gary Waskowsky, also a Certified Feldenkrais® practitioner, is a gifted healer of mind and body and she has learned a tremendous amount from him. For the past 20 years Mary has worked full-time with equine, canine, feline and human clients, ranging in condition from severely disabled to high-performing athletes. Witnessing her clients’ improvements – many quite dramatic – has helped shape Mary’s understanding of what is possible.

*Debono Moves was previously named the SENSE Method.