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