Category Archives: Feldenkrais Method

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

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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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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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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

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Throat Chakra Focus 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.

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1st Chakra Movement influences of Capricorn Moon

Capricorn is associated with the Root Chakra and governs personal survival and basic needs for shelter, food, water and safety.

This 1st Chakra governs motivation, groundedness, power, creativity, will power, aliveness, courage, and feelings towards ones own  physical body.

The 1st Chakra is an Earth Element and Capricorn is a  an Earth Element

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Today’s 2nd Chakra Focus of movement influenced by Sagittarius Moon

Sagittarius is associated with the Sacral Chakra and governs hips, thighs and pelvis.  The Sacral Chakra governs uterus, large bowel, prostate, ovaries, and testes.

This 2nd Chakra is associated with self-respect, creativity, purity, togetherness, feminine sensuality, sexuality and manifestation.

Sagittarius is a fire element  and the 2nd Chakra is a water element.

Try this simple Feldenkrais Movement Pattern to  influencing  balance of Sagittarius  qualities.

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3rd Chakra movement for Scorpio Moon

Scorpio is associated with the 3rd  Chakra and  governs the reproductive organs.  The 3rd Chakra influences the  liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine.

The  3rd Chakra represents patience, tolerance, contentment, happiness, wisdom and mental energy.  It is associated with new horizons, intellect, will-power, self-confidence and  fulfillment.

The sign of Scorpio and the moon are  water elements while the 3rd Chakra is a fire element.
Water puts out fire and  fire dissolves  fire.

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

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