Introduction: Feldenkrais at the place of Intersection
Spring is a time of change, of growth, of new beginnings, hence transitions. The theme in this series is Transitions -- reflecting what we are feeling as experience the seasonal change.
Change and movement. The body is not a static, unmoving object -- of course it constantly moves. Our minds are constantly moving, as are our emotions.
Movement requires a transition of energy, whether in the brain (neurons firing), in the gut (e.g. peristalsis), the beating of the heart, or breathing, or moving the limbs, or bending the spine.
There are places in our body where it is clear that a transition happens, for a force changes direction. For example, in the foot, the weight of the body travels down the two lower bones ( the Tibia – the shin bone, and Fibula, on the outside) and then it gets distributed across the foot, to the heel, to the front across 5 toes, and the ball of the foot.
Where there is a transition, a joint, while there is movement, there is also a chance for errors, or other non-intended happenings, such as calcium build-up, bone spurs, etc.
Intersections, places of transition
Thinking about the phrase, "To go from the Impossible... to the Possible, from the Possible to the Easy, and from the Easy to the Elegant", all of these represent experiences of transition. That is, "It is impossible to bend my leg", or "My wrist bends a bit, but hurts while doing it", or "I can turn my head, but not smoothly"... All these experiences correspond to functions of the transition points, usually joints.
In this series we will use the Feldenkrais Method to most directly increase our awareness of how these transitions can be more free, more comfortable. Fluid, powerful, graceful.