Falling over in standing and falling over in sitting

I shared an article recently on a Balance class participant who didn’t walk, stand or sit in an upright position.  In this article I want to share what motivated a change in her mental, emotional and physical behavior in her first two classes.

Our first class together was spent re-directing the focus from her storytelling to noticing how to stay upright in her seat and do the movement patterns being shared with her.

She didn’t show up for the second class however did come back for the third. Between our third and fourth classes there was a significant difference.  She had been the first one to arrive at the third class so there was enough time to spend propping her up to stay in an upright position.  She was frozen solid through her shoulders, arms, neck, head and torso with one side of her rib cage shorter than the other.  arm support To keep her upright props were placed under her arm on the side that was contracted.  Blocks were put under her feet so she could feel them on the floor.

By the end of the lesson she became aware that she had stopped using her back muscle strength to hold herself upright even in sitting.  She had lost physical contact with engaging them!

After our class she went home and used the same propping technique to support herself in sitting.  This was obvious  as at the next class she was able to bring herself into an upright position in sitting and hold it.  She had no concept of this the week before.  As I place props under her arm I noticed her arms were more flexible and she was bracing herself less!

She was more happy and content in this class and I noticed she was listening more deeply and paying attention.  At the end of this class she exclaimed, “No one is showing us this or explaining how the body works.”

This is an extreme example of the meaning of Moshe’s quote:

Flexible Bodies, Flexible Minds

Moshe Feldenkrais

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015
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