Category Archives: Awareness through Movement

Introducing the Cerebellum

Cerebellum is a Latin word that when translated into English it means little brain.  The circled part of brain pictured here is the Cerebellum.  It is located behind the brain stem just under the two lobes of the brain.

Early in my Feldenkrais training a video was shown of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais working with an infant who was borne without a Cerebellum.  Her name was Elizabeth.  Elizabeth’s parents had been told by numerous Doctors after her birth that she would never be able to learn, walk, talk or think.  Their predictions and recommendations were dismal.  In their first meeting Dr. Feldenkrais told Elizabeth’s parents that she was far more intelligent than her earlier Doctors had predicted.  As it turns out Elizabeth did grow up and attend University and had the ability to walk independently.  Thankfully her parents didn’t listen to all the earlier diagnoses and continued their pursuit of supporting their young child to reach her potential!

Why am I writing about the Cerebellum today? 

This body part became a dominate focus of attention in meditation this morning.  While sitting I guide my focus of attention through my body parts for a sensory check in, especially if I feel agitated. My intention is to discover  where the agitation is located.  Having a strong Kinesthetic sense means that if one part of body function is agitated balance is off. This sitting and scanning pattern allows for awareness of what is out of balance and gives the opportunity to pause and observe the agitation.

Usually recognizing it without going into story or strategies is enough to clear it.  If not, this recognition cultivates awareness of how this imbalance may influence the days functional abilities giving more choices of how to respond versus reacting.

It’s important to increase understanding of the impact the Cerebellum has in our moment to moment living experiences.  It governs key functions such as speech, mood, fear and pleasure response, balance and posture, mental function, movement, motor learning, and vision.  ​It receives information  from other regions of the  brain and body to coordinate and control voluntary movements.  Recognizing the world events is influencing  my cerebellum gives me pause to consider that it will be a major influence in others current experiences as well.

The Cerebellum is known as the fear and anger center which communicates with the pre-frontal cortex.  Five tangible ways you can choose to increase the window of tolerance in the fear and stress responses of in the cerebellum region:

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Read More on Physical Reactions to Fear

Watch Video of Elizabeth receiving Functional Integration as young adult


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Read more on Mental & Emotional Responses to Fear

#3 & 4

Read more on Pre-frontal Cortex Responses

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Awareness Through Living

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
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Your focus is where your attention goes…….

Your focus stimulates your connection physically, ethereally, perceptually, emotionally, mentally and ultimately your connection and contribution to life, environment and planet.

 


One of the physical areas that is a hit right now in my Feldenkrais work is  eye focus.  It seems that those spending time using Zoom have been getting coaching on how to appear through facial expression and eye contact.  It seems that the focus has gone from full body expression to facial with this current medium for staying in touch!

This leads to a question for consideration.  Do you focus on the world and take aim with your eyes or do you let the world come to you?  If you had to guess, which action would be intense and which action would be soft?

What I am hearing as a need from those on the receiving end of a Zoom connection is for empathy expressions.  Those who haven’t accomplished slowing down and softening their eyes are unable to mask their lack of empathy over Zoom.

If you would be interested in discovering more about ways to cultivate this skill through simple micro-moves connect and arrange a Zoom  session.   This is not a trend for healing yourself or others, it is simply increasing your functional facial expressions that increases your accessibility.

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Awareness Through Movement® Programs Available:

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

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Spring Feldenkrais in Oak Bay starts March 16th


March 16th to April 27th, ’20

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New Feldenkrais Workshops start in Oak Bay:

  • Balance & A Fear of Falling –  read more
  • Awareness through Movement – read more

Register @ Monterey Recreation Centre – 250-370-7300

1442 Monterey Avenue

Balance


by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
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Copyright 2014 – 2020 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Balance Tip for falling fear when going down inclines

Are you fearful of falling going down stairs or an incline? This is the  number one  question at Renee’s Balance & A Fear of Falling Movement Series. 

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Her answer:  

Drop your center of gravity

Try it. 

  • Drop your center of gravity.  Can’t figure it out?  Bend your knees and let your butt drop down slightly.  Notice the difference in your feet.
  • Straighten up again and notice your body weight and posture
  • Now drop down and notice the difference.

Bending your knees and dropping your butt slightly is more grounding and can give one a sense of  solidness in their feet calming the fear center.

Learn more about Feldenkrais 

Learn more about Movement Series

by Renee LindstromEffective 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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Feldenkrais® Awareness through Movement® Series starts with Moon in Leo

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What a great sign to begin a six part series.  Leo reflects fun, adventure and exploration which are the qualities to best capture the illusive awareness experience.  Too serious it passes by without recognition!

Two classes begin today.  One has a focus on balance and the other on growing qualities of awareness in the action of movement.  (Unlike yoga and the arts as the focus is placed on different functions)

The focused parts of the body for Leo are:  Blood, Heart, Lower Back, Circulation, and Spleen.  I will incorporate these into today’s movement patterns.

Learn more about Feldenkrais 

Learn more about Movement Series

by Renee LindstromEffective Movement Posture  Mentoring Programs Available:

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

Follow the journey on TwitterInstagram or Facebook

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
Renee Lindstrom Live

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

How out of balance Gemini qualities can manifest physically & embodying change

When these parts are out of balance here are some physical ways it can manifest that become habitual. 

Gemini needs movement, variety and mental stimulation.  The influence of Gemini would appreciate Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement Lessons and intensive learning experience of functional integration.  Moshe Feldenkrais created a method of somatic learning that would meet the needs of this sign.  It is different from all other methods and therapies as it has a focus of tapping into inherent abilities to learn.  It is not focused upon self-image, set patterns or solutions.  Feldenkrais captures all human functions as described below in the parts of human functioning.

Developing an awareness of how to focus and enhance ones lifestyle can change the story of these conditions.  Cultivating this awareness to focus attention on whole function on the inside and expand it to go beyond ones perspective and beliefs to include physical, mental and emotional functions.

In the following figure the parts of  the human functional process are separated into visual bodies to make them easier to identify.

Currently understanding of human function seems to lack the knowledge of how each body of  function is inter-related.  This creates a gap of in ones ability to regulate and balance functions leading to system malfunctions.

For example, if someone is totally focused upon physicality with strong cultural beliefs of self-image, their personal mental and emotional health may suffer.  They may act out false self-esteem through aggression in relationships creating escalating conflict.

Since 2007 Renee has employed methods to support the creation of personal balance and inner harmony at home, work or at play.  They integrate the Bodies of Function whether the gateway session  is focused upon movement,  relationships, or environment.   This concept easily translates into individual coaching, mentoring, and  group learning events.

More in-depth learning about the Body of Functions is incorporated into the Intermediate Awareness through Communication teachings and deepened in Intensive Embodied Mentoring Programs

Guidance through simple change agent action steps can harness ones power of  learning to retrain mental, emotional and physical behaviours.

   The major benefit is taking one’s power back by cutting through the materialism  that gives it away.

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MORE  below ON UNDERSTANDING  TO EFFECT  EXPERIENCES OF INNER CHANGE


EXPERIENCE IS THE ALIVENESS OF  EXPRESSION & ACTIONS

AWARENESS OF LIFE IS THE NEW ZEN

Check out this interpretation of the structure of of living zen versus sitting zen

Grounding & Support

 #1.  Physical Environment 

  • environment influences
  • eating plan

Affect change through retraining using methods of Awareness through Space and Awareness through Eating.

Awareness through Space Coaching or Consulting can be as simple as adding  or subtracting influences to create mental & emotional harmony & balance or functional to support physicality
Calming decor accents for out of balance Gemini behaviours

 

Awareness through Eating Coaching or Consulting can be as simple as receiving empathy, setting goals, creating an environment for success or accountability coaching.
Eating with the Stars ←

 

Gemini Moon Influences for Daily Goal Setting ←

 


Creates life  (how life is lived & experienced)

#2.  Body Function

  • senses; sight, sound, touch, taste & smell and abilities to hear, see, feel, taste & smell
  • brain function
  • physical body & functioning –  voice, breathing, movement, responses, circulatory & glandular systems, digestive function,  reproductive &  elimination systems, etc.

Affect change through retraining using methods of Awareness through Movement

Awareness through Movement can be experienced through guided patterns of movement in classes or personal functional integration sessions.

 

Gemini Awareness through Movement introduction

 


Filters information, responds and captures experiences

#3.  Mental Function

  • short-term & long term memory
  • learned thoughts (one’s thoughts are personal and not what others believe)
  • learned thinking (how one thinks is a personal process and doesn’t translate to being another’s perspective)
  • learned communication (how one choose their words is personal and the words may not have the same impact for someone else)

Affect change through retraining using methods of Awareness through Communication & Effective Empathy

Awareness through Communication & Effective Empathy Listening  Consulting, Coaching, or Training can be explored privately or in groups.

 

Six ways to balance emotions & reactive behaviours of  Gemini ←
Gemini Moon Influences for Daily Goal Setting ←

 


MENTORING IS AVAILABLE FOR EFFECTIVE PERSONAL  INTEGRATION

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Daily Moon Phase Calendar for Personal Goal Setting

Goals, Food, Movement & Life Style Updates

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
 & Renee Lindstrom Live

Focus of movement for Throat Chakra in today’s Gemini Moon

Gemini is associated with the Throat Chakra which governs the voice, endocrine gland, thyroid, and communication.  It relates to truth, nobility, serenity, spiritualism, thoughtfulness and kindness.  It is associated with faith, caring, peace and fidelity.

Try this simple Feldenkrais Movement Pattern for influencing  increased balance of these qualities.

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
 & Renee Lindstrom Live

MENTORING IS AVAILABLE FOR EFFECTIVE PERSONAL  INTEGRATION

Book a personalized Coaching session for self, work, group or create a retreat – 250-361-7508

Daily Moon Phase Calendar for Personal Goal Setting

Goals, Food, Movement & Life Style Updates

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