Monthly Archives: October 2013

Breathing Body Mind

The Feldenkrais Method can sometimes, for some fortunate folk, result in a joyful mix of emotions. Generally I leave a workshop (or a 1:1) feeling a vibrant sense of relaxation. Perhaps that sounds like a contradiction. And yet that’s how it is. It can all feel mysterious. Wonderful and mysterious.

Take Veronica’s last workshop. For the first part of the session each of us sat on a chair and moved our arms over our heads, invited oh so gently to move our arms according to Veronica’s quiet and gentle suggestions. Be aware. Notice. Just move. Just move with ease. No forcing or pushing. Just small movements.  Thirty minutes later we were invited to stand on one leg. We found (all of us) that our balance had improved. How does that work? ….Curious.

Between each spell of gentle experimentation we were invited to walk. You probably had to be there to experience the quiet wave of pleasure as each of us noticed that we were walking differently. Yes with more ease. And also with a gracefulness. A relaxed feeling of something close to…well…the closest word might be power. Relaxed and vibrant. The embodiment of feeling  All’s Well. There was some quiet giggling and a brief discussion of a word for the feeling. Not really a swagger…more relaxed and at one than a swagger. Mysterious and wonderful.

Moshe Feldenkrais a clever man. Veronica a skilled teacher. These workshops can make a difference. Change for the better. Move with Ease.

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Breathing-Moving-Living Feldenkrais

Breathing is important.  No matter what we do, from birth to death, we breathe. Breathing was one of the first independent things that we did when we entered this world and the continuation of our life depends on our ability to breathe.

Although we can breathe consciously and sometimes do, usually our breathing carries on outside our conscious control. It changes according to our activity, our emotions and our lifestyles. Through habit, it may become unnecessarily constricted. One of the great gifts of the Feldenkrais Method is that it makes it possible to change our breathing patterns, letting go of habits that interfere with full and healthy breathing.

Sometimes people are concerned to discover the right way to breathe. However, Feldenkrais breathing lessons are not about teaching correct breathing. The intention is to experience and explore the way breathing works so that when the lesson is over, your breathing returns to its spontaneous rhythm with a new sense of ease.

It’s obvious that breathing and moving are closely connected. Movement influences our breathing and our breathing allows or limits our movement. Being able to breathe more fully and more comfortably immediately brings a feeling of relief and well-being with beneficial consequences for our overall health and vitality.

Awareness Through Movement at Life Centre Romiley

Friday 15 November 1-4pm