In Body and Mature Behavior, Moshe Feldenkrais draws brilliant parallels between the similarity of our reaction to the fear of falling, the withdrawal of an organism from a strong stimulus, and the body pattern of anxiety.
When we adapt or habituate to this neuromuscular and skeletal pattern, our involuntary nervous system becomes sympathetic dominant, creating a state of internal stress. In addition, there is a simultaneous inhibition of the anti-gravity muscles. This chronic muscular contraction, influences the sensation behind every movement, and creates a pervasive feeling of difficulty and effort. Our everyday ‘in the moment’ experience is effected; emotionally, psychically, physiologically and cognitively.
Victoria Class starting January 16th – Balance and a Fear of Falling
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