What’s the best way to breathe? Through the mouth or through the nose? More in the belly, or more in the chest? It it always better to breath deeply? Some techniques teach the expansion of the abdomen as you breathe in, others as you breathe out. Which is better?
If you’ve ever been to a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class, you’ve probably experienced the wonderful, and at times profound, changes that can take place through this method in your body and in your sense of self.
Now imagine what could happen over the course of four whole days, as you go deeper and deeper into your senses, and flesh out the map of your self-image.
And now imagine that you are spending those four days exploring and improving your breath!
Whether you sit to meditate, to work at a desk, or, as I do, to play a musical instrument, the quality of what you are doing is deeply affected by how well you sit. In this Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® workshop you will begin to discover a balanced and dynamic approach to sitting posture and learn some tools to practice and improve at home.
This series will draw on my years of study of Tai Chi and on the martial roots of the Feldenkrais Method to help you:
- free the power of your breath
- cultivate a sense of your physical and mental center so you can keep calm and grounded under performance pressure
- develop soft, yet powerful arms, hands and fingers, while leaving your neck and head free and relaxed
- refine the connection between slow, controlled practice and fast, agile execution
Balanced, Grounded, Centered…. We use these physical ideas to describe our emotional states, but is there a real relationship between the physical and the emotional? When you are emotionally balanced, will it be easier for you to walk a real tight-rope? When you feel the center of your body, are you more emotionally centered? (And where is the center of your body anyway? Experts may disagree!). We will not be walking any literal tightropes in this workshop, but we will refine the feeling of our center as we move, and explore the effects on our state of mind as well…
The Sounder Sleep System is based on the discovery that specific small, slow, repeated physical movements can shift us from the active, waking state to a state of profound physical and mental repose. When we reach that tranquil state, if we need sleep, we will fall asleep.
I personally have found this work to be hugely beneficial not only to my sleep, but to my general level of anxiety and tension, and even to the specific issues I faced with the chronic hand tension that led me to Feldenkrais work in the first place. I honestly do not think I would have been able to beat the tendonitis and play again if it were not for the Sounder Sleep System.