NPR Articles on Sitting:
To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit
Washington Post/Denver Post Article on Feldenkrais
The Feldenkrais Method®
The Feldenkrais Method® is a powerful and revolutionary mind/body approach to improving life that uses gentle, mindful movement to bring new awareness and possibility into every aspect of your life. Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the Feldenkrais Method® has helped millions of people worldwide.
The Method can be experienced in two ways:
· Private sessions called Functional Integration Lessons®, where a teacher guides an individual student in movement lessons using gentle, hands-on, non-invasive touch as the primary means of communication.
· Group sessions called Awareness Through Movement Lessons®, where a teacher verbally guides students to sense themselves through slow, mindful movements that explore functional movements of daily life.
Your brain loves to learn. It thrives on acquiring new skills such as playing a musical instrument, learning a new dance or a new language. In order to learn anything new, you need to focus, move slowly and deliberately, and think about what you are. Without this focus and attention, you wouldn’t acquire the new skill, or deepen your knowledge. The focus on, and practice of these new activities causes the brain to morph, to grow new connections between billions of cells, and to create new motor and sensory-motor maps for each new physical activity. Your brain’s ability to change itself is called “neuroplasticity.” It allows brain cells and nerves to change their appearance and function: to grow or shrink, connect or disconnect, and re-connect to each other in entirely new ways.
Feldenkrais lessons use this self-generated exploratory learning process, focusing attention on unique movements that help overcome the results of accidents, illness, disabilities or unhealthy habits acquired over a lifetime. Specific reference to how neuroplasticity is stimulated through The Feldenkrais Method®: listen to this Interview of Dr. Norman Doidge (author of The Brain’s Way of Healing) with Ginger Campbell, MD, Brain Science Podcast (10 min. excerpt)
• Relaxercise: The Easy New Way to Health & Fitness, by Zemach-Bersin & Reese ** highly recommend
• Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais [Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, & Personal Awareness]
• Stop Sciatica Now, Help Yourself Eliminate Back and Leg Pain, by Pamela Kihm
• The Brain’s Way of Healing, by Dr. Norman Doidge, 30 min. interview of his book
• You can find these, any more at The Feldenkrais Store: http://www.achievingexcellence.com/
• You can look for a practitioner and learn more about the Method at our Guild's site:
• Sign up to receive free monthly lessons at http://www.uncommonsensing.com/free-resources/
YouTube videos: There are many Awareness Through Movement lessons & interviews on YouTube – www.youtube.com. Search for “Feldenkrais Exercises” or “Feldenkrais Interviews.”
When doing the lessons on your own, it's best to lie on a firm surface, start out slow and small and most of all, be comfortable and take good care of yourself!
Olli Neck & Shoulder Comfort: April 10-May 1, 2019
Week 1, April 10
Download Lesson: Freeing the Neck by bringing more of yourself into the action of Turning
Turning involves using your whole self: hips, waist, ribs, shoulders, neck, head and eyes. When more parts assist in turning, the neck is free to move with ease and support.
(lying on back/sitting in chair: rotation)
Week 2, April 17
Connecting Arms to the Trunk & Legs
The Pelvis Supports the upper body in Sitting
Download Lesson: When the arms feel connected to the rest of the body (trunk and legs), the shoulders can move with less effort and strain. Pelvic awareness & mobility provides support for your head, neck, shoulders and ribs while sitting and rising from a chair.
(lying on back/sitting in chair: flexion/extension)
Week 3, April 24
Shifting weight and Reaching (Mobile Pelvis)
Audio-partial only (stops before gluing knees together)
Paper version of entire lesson
Discover how shifting your weight side-to-side assists in reaching with less effort placing less strain on your neck and shoulders.
(lying on side/sitting in chair: sidebending)
Week 4, May 1
Putting it all together and Review
Recording not available
This lesson brings together all the cardinal movements (rotation, flexion, extension, sidebending) into play. It’s a nice review of practical applications learned earlier.
(lying on back/sitting in chair)