by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:
Observing people’s posture in standing and walking for the past decade has been educational. I have begun to notice subtle nuances that show the mind, physical and emotional bodies state. I have noticed too that the most common condition for people is a separation of mind and physical movement.
In general terms I have found that the focus of most people’s attention is in the thinking state of interpretation. For me this means having a fixed perspective, opinion or belief. If a physical ailment surfaces a fixed belief is to go and have someone fix it or use tools to make physical movement easier. Tools like a cane, walker, scooter, special chair and bed. What’s missing is the exploration of how to move differently. I am not referring to practices such as yoga, therapy, stretching or exercising as the difference is that you are following a limited structured pattern. I am referring to increasing awareness of how you move as you move. This includes growing your ability to focus your attention on how each bone and joint movement can be sensed and increase flexibility. What I personally experience and see in others experience is an increase in joy and happiness. It’s a spontaneous outcome!
I have observed that when there is an experience of feeling an increase in physical ability and flexibility while paying attention to the patterns of movement one has an increase in their ability for coping. The mask of fear, anger, pain and anxiety is replaced with a peaceful and open appearance.
Recently I wrote about settling the fight, flight, fright experiences of the Hippocampus from the perspective of communication. I have noticed that another more effective way to settle these reactions has been through the application of Feldenkrais® Movement.
Working with three ways to settle ones flight, fight and fright reactions I find the application of Feldenkrais Movements the quickest and most effective for shifting and integrating change. It engages more immediate functional connection between ones physical, mental and emotional states of being. Many times I have experienced someone in a series of 6 classes for balance where after the first or second class someone has given up their cane. They describe that they are less fearful to stand and support themselves.
This year a trend has been the lack of connection to feeling one’s legs. I had to purposely show someone that they dragged a leg behind them when there wasn’t any physical reason for this. It turned out this leg had been broken years before and this person forgot how to use this leg. This resulted in collapsing. When life became too difficult to enjoy they requested an operation, however there wasn’t anything to operate on!
Recently I encouraged someone to consciously shift weight purposely into one of their legs and their reaction was to say that this leg couldn’t support them. I asked them how they had walked all these years and suggested that this leg must actually be supporting them. We spent a few minutes practicing shifting weight from foot to foot and their fear was tangible. A short week later the leg that was not trusted appeared stronger and I smile as there was no hesitation in using this leg. The fright, flight and fight reactions were not visible!
What is exciting as a guide for exploring patterns of movement is that there is no story the mind can grab onto to take the attention away from this discovery. The conditions for holding simply release and there is present awareness (being in the moment).
The two other ways for calming states of flight, fright and fight this guide offers is through increased understanding of your emotional and intellectual functions and your environment.
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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication, Empathy, Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015
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