Ease in Your Joints
So many times around the calendar we feel the impulse for change, of growth, of new beginnings. In our daily lives we change all the time. We pivot. The place where we pivot around - is a joint. So this course is about finding ease in the joints - so we can pivot with ease.
We experience the impulse to change as we transition from one state (or season) to another. At the moment-to-moment scale, we transition from one position of stability to another through turning, whether it be when we are walking, or reaching in the cupboard, or turn around to see a bird. At this moments, these are intersections, the very place where we feel change is imminent. At those moments (or spaces, or locations), how can we feel the change is effortless?
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.
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.
Rob has been providing Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education to the Calgary region since he graduated from a Feldenkrais Professional Training program 1991.
Rob took the Feldenkrais training as it appealed to his sense of respect for the human condition: we are complex individuals living our lives to the best of our abilities. The Method continues to appeal to Rob for it has great depth and wisdom.
Rob has provided classes 40+ weeks a year since about 1995, as well as many workshops, since then. He is available for individual sessions on a appointment basis (see his website).
Rob began recording his classes at the request of a systems engineer in 1999, and continues recording to this day. Every few years he upgrades the technology of recording, storing and distributing the lessons. This is the latest tool for sharing classes.
StartLesson 1: Heels in Circles
StartLesson 2 - Edges of the Feet Might Ease the hips
StartLesson 3- Reaching to the heavens
StartLesson 4: Dominant Hand
StartLesson 5: Elbows Forward (Flying)
StartLesson 6: Like Jelly Pudding
StartLesson 7: Keel (Sternum) & Fingers Backwards
StartLesson 8: The Pelvis, The Jaw, Rocking & Rolling
StartLesson 9: Wonders with Elbows
StartLesson 10: Caressing the Leg
StartLesson 11: Roller Fun
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