Category Archives: Function

Why Feldenkrais & Urban Feng Shui?

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In Functional Integration sessions with clients our conversations often go to environmental influences.  This includes furniture design and placement, stairs and the use of props for sitting, standing, walking and sleeping.

I often work with extreme painful body conditions where mainstream western and eastern first aid strategies have not worked. My curiosity with clients usually leads to questions about their environment beginning with their furniture and props that support easing pain postures or strengthening them. Each time I find out their environment is not set up for assisting their recovery but is set up to  support their pain.  Often they do not know or connect to how  this can support their physicality to ease pain.  Culturally this has not been mainstream focus.  This is where a whole system of  relearning begins and too can be challenging.

An example of lower back pain and the most effective way to ease up on the pain to eventually support micro movements:

  • lay flat on your back on the floor (or bed) and raise shins over a prop that is pushed up to buttocks that supports  bent legs at 90 degree angles.

Often this suggestion brings the following responses:

  • I sit in my recliner and put my legs up.
  • I don’t have the props.
  • Can I ………. instead?
  • I have tried……..(some obscure comparison)

If they can calm their mental blocks to try this simple technique a few minutes a day, they experience a significant difference.  It is challenge tho to shift from fixing something using first aid type sources to harnessing that effort and putting it towards being still in a supported position!

What does this have to do with Urban Feng Shui?  Two things.  They either do not have the furniture to support a healthy back, pelvis, hips, knees, ankles and feet in daily functions such as sitting, walking and sleeping or they do not have the props to support more efficiency with their conditions.   This is as simple as standing up from a sitting position.  If you can sit and transition into standing you will not know the significance of this function until you loose it.

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Video – Developing Brain, part 2

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Integration of Body, Mind & Spatial Awareness

 

 

Victoria’s own Heather Clayton, Director of Learning at St. Michael’s University School continues presenting, “The Developing Brain.”  Part two of a Three part video Presentation.


Empathy & cultivating awareness from the inside out

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The intent of this article is in the context of how  communication and movement can support the decrease of anxiety, stress & fear.

  • InTouch Communication:  Values & Empathy integration in communication for transforming disconnection into connection
  • Feldenkrais Movement: calming one’s nervous system.

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Natural World Empathy Support 

  • Natures Love plant essences blended by Renee: support body, and minds feelings that block emotions and self-confidence
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  • Eating Coloured Foods:  Metal, Emotional and Physical Support
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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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Video – Developing Brain, part one

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

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Integration of Body, Mind & Spatial Awareness

 

Greater Victoria’s Heather Clayton, Director of Learning at St. Michael’s University School presents, “The Developing Brain.”  Three part video Presentation.

Empathy & cultivating awareness from the inside out

Go to – Part 2 of video presentation

The intent of this article is in the context of how  communication and movement can support the decrease of anxiety, stress & fear.

  • InTouch Communication:  Values & Empathy integration in communication for transforming disconnection into connection
  • Feldenkrais Movement: calming one’s nervous system.

new

Natural World Empathy Support 

  • Natures Love plant essences blended by Renee: support body, and minds feelings that block emotions and self-confidence
Learn more
  • Eating Coloured Foods:  Metal, Emotional and Physical Support
Learn more

Read more on Brain & Effects of Empathy
Find out more on how integrating the arts of movement, communication and space compliment your experience and encompasses a holistic approach to wellness.

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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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Intouch with Empathy and the Brain: Amygdale, Hippocampus, Prefrontal Cortex

 

Amygdalus – Implicit Memory:

  • present at birth
  • includes emotional, behavioral, perceptual and possibly body memory
  • no sense of recollection (time) present when memories recalled
  • conscious attention is not required for encoding
  • does not involve the hippo-campus

Hippo-campus – Explicit Memory:

  • requires conscious attention
  • includes semantic(factual) and episodic(autobiographical) memory
  • develops during the second year of life and beyond
  • sense of recollection present when recalled
  • if autobiographical, a sense of self and time and present
  • if autobiographical, also involves the prefrontal cortex

Prefrontal Cortex

  • regulation of body systems
  • attuning to others
  • balancing emotions
  • modulating fear
  • responding flexibly
  • exhibiting insight and empathy
  • paying attention to the body’s wisdom
  • morality

When we are triggered beyond our window of tolerance our pre-frontal cortex function stops and we are left in responses of fight or flight.  If our reactions shifts into freeze, our brain response has moved from the area of the amygdala and into the hippo-campus with no sense of time and into helplessness.

I have come to understand empathy is an effective tool to balance out the responses of hippo-campus and amygdala.  Empathy allows one to recover and  calms ones prefrontal cortex.  As empathy develops it increases connections back and forth between our right and left brains therefore increasing ones windows of tolerance.  I have also heard that empathy may have a direct link in the amygdala’s ability to accelerate the vagus nerve.

This goes beyond simply a reaction and includes the activation of our  parasympathetic system through the vagus nerve.  See diagram below to get an idea of the areas that become aroused as when we are stimulated.

These reactions includes our motor control.  As we surpass our window of tolerance we begin to lose our fine motor control.  We begin to lose our ability for tracking,  to focus and mind-fully integrate. This involves our ability for self connection, to feel safe, grounded and to be present in the now.

There are  theories to suggest the Amygdala is the accelerator through the 3 channels of the vagus nerve that controls our fight, flight and freeze experience and the quickest tool to connect to the Amygdala is through empathy.


 

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InTouch with the Brain – Physical Responses to Stress

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BODY RESPONSES

Comfortable social engagements:

  • Responsive face, heart rate and blood pressure
  • Flexible body
  • Curious, interested, passionate and calm
  • Feelings of safety and demonstrates comfortableness

Uncomfortable social situations:

Stress

Fight or Flight 

  • Partly frozen, angry or scared facial expression
  • Fast heart rate and high blood pressure
  • Tense body
  • Fear and anger
  • High alert for danger

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Freeze  

  • Frozen face
  • Slow heart rate
  • Extremely low blood pressure
  • Hopelessness, shame and confusion
  • Numb
  • Shut-down

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InTouch on the Brain – ‘Reactions to Stress’

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Left Hemisphere Reactions

  • distancing, moral superiority, logic, sarcasm, denying, educating, judgments, blame, comparison, addictions, compulsions, mild derogatory self-talk, withholding privileges or resources, letting go of agreements, fantasizing about other partners, other lives, rigidity

 

Right Hemisphere Reactions

fight or flight

  • gossip, criticism of others behind their back, clinging, retelling our story, mild confusion, medium levels of derogatory self-talk, verbal attacks, asking for reassurance, chaos

freeze

  • shock, paralyzed

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