The natural s shape of a healthy spine has 4 curves and is made up of 24 independently moving vertebrae and 9 fused vertebrae.  There is shock absorbing connective tissue in between each vertebrae to support easy and flexible movement.  The flexibility and stability of these  bones is created by  muscles, ligaments, ribs and pelvis.

The spine connects your head, chest and pelvis, and distributes the weight of your upper body through the pelvis to the legs.  It also protects the spinal cord and nerves.

Spinal Cord

The spinal cord is a tubular bundle of nervous tissue and it support cells that extends from the brain.  The brain and spinal cord together make up the central nervous system.

It starts at the occipital bone and extends down to the space between the first and second lumbar vertebrae.  The spinal cord does not extend the entire length of the vertebral column.

  • In men it is about 18 inches or 45 cm
  • In women it is about 17 inches or 43 cm.
  • It ranges from 1/2 inch thick in the cervical and lumber regions to 1/4 inch in the thoracic area.

Protected by the vertebral column it’s primarily function is the transmission of neural signals between the brain and the body.  It has neural circuits that can independently control many reflexes and central pattern generators.  There are three major functions of the spinal cord:

  1. As a  conduit for motor information
  2. As a conduit for sensory information
  3. A center for coordinating certain reflexes

The spinal cord is described in three parts and each has a level of body function as follows:

Cervical Spine

  • Neck flexors
  • Neck extensors
  • Supply diaphragm
  • Shoulder movement, raise arm, flexion of elbow, externally rotates the arm
  • Extends elbow and wrist
  • Flexes wrist

Thoracic Spine

  • Flexes wrist
  • Supply small muscles of the hand
  • intercostal and trunk above the waist
  • Abdominal muscles
  • Thigh flexion
  • Thigh adduction

Lumbar Spine

  • Extension of the leg at the hip and knee
  • Flexion of the leg at the knee
  • Dorsiflexion of the foot
  • Extension of the toes
  • Plantar flexion of the foot

Symptoms that have visibly eased in students influences by the somatic movements of Feldenkrais have been in the diagnosed conditions of:

  • Anxiety, depression & mood disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Chronic Pain
  • Eating Disorders
  • Edema
  • Fear
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Injuries
  • Intimacy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle Tension
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Parkinson’s
  • Spasms
  • Stroke
  • and more………

Why Feldenkrais?

It’s not a philosophy & there is no guru

The focus is upon a natural learning system & development building blocks that may have been interrupted through one’s lifetime

The wonderful integration focus of micro-movements in this somatic system of learning stimulates confidence and inner-strength.  It’s singularly focus is upon activating one’s learning awareness within themselves that increases a more complete and natural system of support.  In many students these patterns of micro movements has reduced the conditions and attachment to any diagnosis they have had.  It appears that changing movement patterns can decrease years of habits and reaction contributing to the diagnosis.

Feldenkrais is a self-focused learning system uniquely designed to increase ones abilities to function in the world.

The only way to change is action

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More on functional Awareness:

Feldenkrais integrates well and supports:
  • Awareness through Eating Programs
  • Awareness through Food Programs
  • Awareness through Goals
  • Awareness through Living  Programs
  • Awareness through Space Programs
  • Awareness through Spoken Word Programs

Learn more

by Renee Lindstrom

Effective Movement Posture Mentoring Programs Available:

 1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
& Renee Lindstrom Live
Copyright 2014 – 2021 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement®, Functional Integration®, are registered service marks of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America. Feldenkrais Method®

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