Samantha Faulhaber

1. How would you define your personal practice?
Thoughtfully doing whatever I want most of the time, plus Brazilian jiu jitsu.

2. What turning points have you encountered on your movement journey?
FRC was a huge turning point in learning what the body was capable of and most importantly variable grades of isometric training and how it can inform the body. Prior to that, I was educated in traditional northern-style Thai massage and learned about healing and energy lines through a Thai lens. A good friend of mine taught me some things about traditional Chinese medicine. They all make sense to me, sometimes. Like everything depending on the person in front of you. The stuff that resonates strongly is probably the thing for them. Between Thai training and FRC I started following my intuition and have continued down the path of trusting myself to listen closely with any available perception.  Brazilian jiu jitsu is my college, teaching me how people move and what it feels like close up.

3. What role has injury played in cultivating your current niche?
Not much. Mostly wanted to help people.

4. Do you consider yourself a teacher? Why or why not?
Yeah. We all are.

5. What has been your experience with physical education, both in the schooling system and sought out knowledge/ know-how elsewhere?
I remember playing dodgeball and basketball. Not a lot of resonance from younger ages. Choosing my teachers in recent years has resulted in a community my brain is happily expanding within. I shy away from anything that doesn’t encourage free thought and exploration. Being told what to do for others will be wrong at worst and not as good as it could be at best imo.

6. How do you involve your mind/ emotions into your physical routines?
No separation. Everything is everything for me.

7. What are your personal aspirations regarding movement? How do you hope to find purpose and use in the skills you have built?
I want to help free people to pursue what they want, and physical limits are often a key place they get hung up on. It’s also the thing that’s more likely to get them through my door right now, from where we often explore other reasons for things.

8. How can people find/ contact you? Do you have a site or social media handle to share?
For the moment (I just moved from Philadelphia, and will be redoing the website as Move Well Durham or something else soon).
Facebook: Move Well Durham
[email protected]
I offer 30 minute to 3 day session experiences and immersions that I feel are all beautiful.


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