This is my 19th video. Crazy, right!? Man time flies! For this month I thought I would try something NEW! This is a Feldenkrais lesson. In many of my other videos I amalgamate various Feldenkrais goodies into the sessions but I have yet to do a pure, 100% Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson.
So... Ta Da! Here you have it!
Now. What in the world is Feldenkrais.
The Feldenkrais Method (no - it's not a cult or religion) is named after a genius of a man named Moshe Feldenkrais who was a nuclear physicist, and the first European to get his black belt in Judo back in the 30's. He created the method due to endless hours of self-rehabilitation to avoid a major surgery.
The method is about working with your brain and body to break apart your patterns and habits, and discover new, more efficient ways of moving.
Ultimately it's about learning how to learn.
It can be used to recover from injuries, improver performance, deal with constant pain and discomfort, improve motor skills due to brain injury or underdevelopment... really, if you have a brain and you are willing and wanting to improve yourself, Feldenkrais will help you.
You will rediscover the balance, flexibility, and coordination that exist within you, all while enhancing your mental and physical being. Pretty sweet eh!
The method can be explored either in a guided class setting called 'Awareness Through Movement' lesson (like the video below) or through 'Functional Integration'; a one on one, hands on method. The learning process is ongoing and the experience is unique to the individual since we all have different shit going on!
The importance lies on the attention brought to your movements. It's all about experimenting and trial and error. Not about getting a six pack. Or forcing a stretch. Or pushing till it hurts. By exploring your habits and patterns, breaking them down into small, controlled, slow movements and better understanding how the body can move more efficiently and effectively you will discover how you are capable of so much more!
Questions? Curious? Contact me! I'd love to chat.
A few things about this video.
1. I am sitting on something that is just a bit too high for this lesson. I didn't realize the bench was that high until I went there to film. I would suggest sitting on your average kitchen chair or stool. Something where your knees are either in line with your hip creases or your knees are slightly lower then your hip creases.
2. Remember that less is more. Seriously. STOP USING EFFORT and let go of the end result. Be curious in the process. This is not an exercise. It's the opportunity for you to explore and discover the what and how.
3. My camera has a scratch in the lens and I just happen to stand myself in front of it for the whole video! Ha! Oh well. Realistically you shouldn't be watching the video anyways. You should just be listening to my sweet voice and following the steps I give you. Not copying me!
I honor you. Love Nicole
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