19th October: Mobilising the spine

Autumn’s arrived and it will soon be time for our October Feldenkrais Friday workshop.
The theme is a development of the idea that participants want to be able to bend with ease and grace, to be more flexible in our movements. It involves getting to know ways in which the spine connects with our bodies and enables movements.

As Veronica writes:

By heightening our awareness of our movement, breathing and posture, the Feldenkrais Method® brings us closer to realising our full human potential. Bringing this into our lives, we learn to move more freely with greater ease, flexibility and grace. The Method can permanently improve our posture, balance and coordination, awakening our innate capacity for life-long vitality and continuing self-development.

I’ve noticed that after Veronica guides us through these experiments in movement, my idea of how I move can change and the range of movements can increase. Often there’s a real delight in the process, a  feeling of relaxation which deepens during the afternoon. After 3 lessons, releasing some habitual patterns there’s a shift, a gentle sense of ease, body and mind. Each person experiences differently, though much is shared.
Want to feel the difference that an Awareness Through Movement Workshop can make? You can experience The Feldenkrais Method, here in Stockport on Veronica’s next visit to Romiley for our October workshop.

Bookings by cheque (made payable to V.Rock). Book as soon as you like.

Date: Friday, October 19th 2018
Time: 11.45 for 12pm – 3pm
Place: Romiley Lifecentre, 3 Stockport Road, ROMILEY, Stockport
SK6 4BN
Early bird fee (before October 5th): £30
Full fee (after 5th October): £40
Mobilising the spine with The Feldenkrais Method

 

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Mobilising your spine with the Feldenkrais Method

Mobilising your spine with the Feldenkrais Method

Feldenkrais is about learning how to better utilize our bodies, to move more freely and to live in greater comfort.
 
Date: Friday, October 19th 2018
Time: 11.45 for 12pm – 3pm
Place: Romiley Lifecentre, 3 Stockport Road, ROMILEY, Stockport SK6 4BN
Early bird fee (before October 5th): £30
Full fee (after 5th October): £40
Mobilising the spine with the Feldenkrais Method

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have decided to defer the workshop planned for 13th July.

Each and every early bird has received an email to let them know.

If you wanted to join us but didn’t know if you would be free to, then there’s another possibility on 19th October, when we will offer an afternoon of Easy Bending, given continuing interest in the theme.

Please email to let me know if you would like our October Feldenkrais Friday at The Life Centre in Romiley to consist of 3 lessons exploring bending movements with a view to enabling you to bend with ease.

Our workshops in the autumn will take place on Friday 19th Ocober and Friday 7th December.

We always welcome ideas for themes for our workshops. In September emails with further information as well as circulating any suggestions received about future workshops.

We look forward to hearing from you.

In the meantime, there’s a summer to enjoy!

 

Hand/Eyes/Connections

Another afternoon experiencing the wonder of the Feldenkrais Method, with three lessons, guiding us through novel movements with awareness. Small, gentle movements and focused attention, leading to sense of deep relaxation as well as a feeling of better connections between mind, body and the space beyond. A gentle expansion in being and doing.

Our first lesson focuses on the dominant hand. Moshe Feldenkrais observed that almost everyone would hold more tension in their dominant hand than necessary. This lesson offers the possibility of having a gentle awareness of the movement in this hand, without habitual unnecessary tension. 

For about 40 minutes we rested on our backs, on our blankets, on the carpeted floor of the Life Centre. Exploring the movements in our dominant hand (and for every one there this was the right hand) we simply rested the upper arm on the ground by our sides, arm bent at the elbow, with lower part of the arm held perpendicular to the ground. Starting with the hand held with fingers pointing continuing in the direction of the lower arm. Then we experimented with allowing the hand to relax down, bending at the wrist. Repeating, alternating, slowly raising and then allowing to fall, before then following steps where attention was given to different parts of the hand. Moving each finger in turn, for example. Touching thumb to little finger. This sequence of guided movements is extraordinarily successful in relaxing tension that perhaps you didn’t even know you had.

Similarly, in lesson 2 we were able to experience real and deep relaxation in our eyes through a sequence of guided moves. 40 minutes resting with our eyes closed, moving our eyes, in the dark under our lids or under our palms. Anyone who has done a Feldenkrais lesson involving micro movements of the eye might be aware of just how much concentration and brain power is needed. It can be absorbing. It can be tiring. And for some it can result in a few minutes of sleep! Afterwards I felt almost too relaxed for speech.

As our teacher pointed out, there is a rigour in the approach in these lessons and in following through exact directions for these often novel combinations of movements of the eye. It might be enjoyable and it might be relaxing and it also involves a focused attention. Perhaps relaxing and enjoyable in part because of the precise focus of attention?

This second lesson on the eyes involved palming. This technique can give an idea of how relaxed our eyes, our brains and our bodies are. An alert/anxious state generally shows as patterns of light and colour when we palm our eyes. By the end of the guided movements of eyes, palming revealed dark, inky, velvety blackness, suggesting a more relaxed state, not just in the eyes, but throughout the body.

There’s more on this in Norman Doidge’s  book: The Brain’s Way of Healing.

As a rough guide, about 30% of the brain that attends to movement is taken up with hands. Another 30% with facial areas. Our third lesson got our brain linking these areas with a focus on the universal activity of pointing*. 

For a few minutes at the start of this lesson we played with standing and pointing our index finger and just noticing our movements as we looked and pointed around the space we were in. Then, in the more usual position for a Feldenkrais lesson, resting on the floor, we explored connections. For example of our left side with our knees bent, head resting on left arm, taking our right arm so that it extended on the floor pointing above our heads. Extending the arm slightly, just a centimetre or two and then allowing a bit of a roll, noticing. Taking our right leg long and then extending that away. Extending arm and leg, pointing index finger away above heads, foot extending the opposite way. A small gentle rolling action. And much relief across the body. A feeling of lightness.

The Feldenkrais Method is a delightful way to experience better connections. Between mind-body, neural networks, body systems. And with that can come a gentler way of asserting your body’s ability to move with ease.
For our next Feldenkrais Friday we will be exploring ways to bend with ease. Bending backwards, forwards, sideways. Easy bending. So much of our lives involves these bending movements. How delightful it can feel when we can bring a gentle sense of connection to these movements. To experience the benefits, you are invited to join us for our next workshop on Friday 13th July.
 

*For more on the universal nature of pointing see Raymond Tallis’s Michelangelo’s finger.

Friday 4th May 2018

The FELDENKRAIS METHOD
Led by Veronica Rock, MA, Feldenkrais Teacher since 1990
Eye/Hand Co-ordination
 
By heightening our awareness of our movement, breathing and posture, the Feldenkrais Method® brings us closer to realising our full human potential. Bringing this into our lives, we learn to move more freely with greater ease, flexibility and grace. The Method can permanently improve our posture, balance and coordination, awakening our innate capacity for life-long vitality and continuing self-development.
Date: Friday, May 4th 2018
Time: 11.45 for 12 – 3pm
Place: Romiley Lifecentre, 3 Stockport Road, 
ROMILEY, Stockport SK6 4BN
Cost: Early bird price (paid by April 20th) £30 
         Full fee (after April 20th) £40
Please wear loose, warm, comfortable clothes & bring a mat or blanket to lie on.
For information on the Feldenkrais Method go to www.feldenkrais.co.uk

Friday 4th May

These Awareness Through Movement afternoons can often surprise us most when they focus our attention on small parts of the body. Maybe they are parts of the body that we take for granted or rarely pay attention to. Yet they can have a powerful effect, relaxing our whole sense of being.

In our next workshop we will focus on that part of us which may be the most powerful in this respect.

We will be having a look at how our eyes move. And in the process we will be making small, slow movements with awareness. The novelty of the moves aids focus. The nature of the attention and the movements allows change and relaxation. It’s an extraordinarily effective combination.

If you’ve read about how our eyes are increasingly taking the strain of our screen time, you’ll be interested in experiencing relaxed eyes. If you’ve come across the notion that consciousness resides in the 7 muscles around the eyes, you’ll be curious to see how awareness of how those muscles move and relax affecting our experience in the moment. Then again, if you just want a relaxing afternoon, that might be reason enough to join us on Friday 4th May.

Friday 4th May: One lesson on eyes. Perhaps one lesson on hands. Then integrating hand movement and eye movement in the magic mysterious way that is The Feldenkrais Method.*

*It might feel magic and mysterious, meanwhile neuroscience is giving us more of an understanding of how and why Feldenkrais helps.

See Norman Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing

Chapter 5  Moshe Feldenkrais: Physicist, Black Belt and Healer

Healing Serious Brain Problems Through Mental Awareness of Movement

Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?

Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?

…and I’m not thinking of spots on apples or paving paradise. More a kind of opposite.

After our last workshop with Veronica, I see that it can be true in a good way too.

In our recent lessons on jaws and lips, we made micro movements. Small movements, made slowly and with as little effort as possible. Small, slow, with ease. Our first 40 minute lesson, we were resting on the floor. Moshe Feldenkrais likes to reduce the pull of gravity and allow us to move without worrying about staying upright. So…

Comfortably on our backs on mats or blankets on the floor.

We spent 40 minutes following instructions to make small movements, slowly and with minimum effort.

Afterwards we realised what we’d lost: tension in the muscles around our jaws.

And because of the way these things are connected the spine relaxed into a healthier feeling position as well. As our Pilates teacher participant observed: ’the key to unlocking the spine is to release the jaw’

Probably each of us experienced a different response and yet we all felt the release of tension that , before the lesson, we perhaps didn’t even know we had.

And if you’ve never thought about the tension in your lips, then you’d be in for a surprise after lesson 2. Again, resting on our backs on the floor. Again small, slow movements, this time of the lips. Again Feldenkrais Method does the trick of dissolving tension and allowing movement with ease. Looser lips, softer smiles.

These Awareness Through Movement afternoons can often surprise us most when they focus our attention on small parts of the body. Maybe they are parts of the body that we take for granted or rarely pay attention to. Yet they can have a powerful effect, relaxing our whole sense of being.

In our next workshop we will focus on that part of us which may be the most powerful in this respect.

We will be having a look at how our eyes move. And in the process we will be making small, slow movements with awareness. The novelty of the moves aids focus. The nature of the attention and the movements allows change and relaxation. It’s an extraordinarily effective combination.

If you’ve read about how our eyes are increasingly taking the strain of our screen time, you’ll be interested in experiencing relaxed eyes. If you’ve come across the notion that consciousness resides in the 7 muscles around the eyes, you’ll be curious to see how awareness of how those muscles move and relax affecting our experience in the moment. Then again, if you just want a relaxing afternoon, that might be reason enough to join us on Friday 4th May.

Friday 4th May: One lesson on eyes. Perhaps one lesson on hands. Then integrating hand movement and eye movement in the magic mysterious way that is The Feldenkrais Method.*

*It might feel magic and mysterious, meanwhile neuroscience is giving us more of an understanding of how and why Feldenkrais helps.

See Norman Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing

Chapter 5  Moshe Feldenkrais: Physicist, Black Belt and Healer

Healing Serious Brain Problems Through Mental Awareness of Movement