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Falling over in standing and falling over in sitting

I shared an article recently on a Balance class participant who didn’t walk, stand or sit in an upright position.  In this article I want to share what motivated a change in her mental, emotional and physical behavior in her first two classes.

Our first class together was spent re-directing the focus from her storytelling to noticing how to stay upright in her seat and do the movement patterns being shared with her.

She didn’t show up for the second class however did come back for the third. Between our third and fourth classes there was a significant difference.  She had been the first one to arrive at the third class so there was enough time to spend propping her up to stay in an upright position.  She was frozen solid through her shoulders, arms, neck, head and torso with one side of her rib cage shorter than the other.  arm support To keep her upright props were placed under her arm on the side that was contracted.  Blocks were put under her feet so she could feel them on the floor.

By the end of the lesson she became aware that she had stopped using her back muscle strength to hold herself upright even in sitting.  She had lost physical contact with engaging them!

After our class she went home and used the same propping technique to support herself in sitting.  This was obvious  as at the next class she was able to bring herself into an upright position in sitting and hold it.  She had no concept of this the week before.  As I place props under her arm I noticed her arms were more flexible and she was bracing herself less!

She was more happy and content in this class and I noticed she was listening more deeply and paying attention.  At the end of this class she exclaimed, “No one is showing us this or explaining how the body works.”

This is an extreme example of the meaning of Moshe’s quote:

Flexible Bodies, Flexible Minds

Moshe Feldenkrais

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

Posture collapse! Find out more about how fear, pain and movement go hand in hand in ultimate experiencing! Your life can change in a moment….

walker-1082410_960_720I saw a new student to our balance class walking in behind her walker.  She was bent completely over with arms outstretched in front of her, hands on the walker handles, head and eyes looking directly down towards the floor.  I was surprised and curious at how to teach the class and include her.

Sitting down on a chair was an effort for her with turning, twisting and letting go of the walker to sit down all the while talking and totally unaware that we had started the workshop. She began her story before coming through the doorway and didn’t stop for most of the class.

Her story, the one that gave away the secret of her current condition was possibly the first one she shared.  One we could all face in some way.  She had taken her elderly husband into  an overcrowd hospital where they left him in a bed in the hallway.  She tended to him herself and when trying to lift him she hurt her back and bent over in pain.  bend-1296747_960_720From the looks of her posture she never stood back up!  Did I forget to mention she is 4 foot 11 inches and a senior!

After many doctors visits with x-rays she heard there was nothing medically wrong.  No spine or brain damage and no strokes, etc.  In addition to her fear, she now experiences her husbands feelings of frustration at her condition.. She has fallen a few times and lost three teeth.

Some challenges we experienced together with her loss of connection to her own body:

  • The first challenge – stop talking long enough to experience the movement patterns and let  everyone benefit from the workshop
  • The second challenge – to support her sitting posture.    Not only was she falling over in standing, she was falling over in sitting.
  • The third challenge – remind her to stand up.
  • The fourth challenge – re-introduce her to her pelvis.
  • The fifth and sixth – to re-introduce her to her legs and feet.

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Surprisingly she grew up a dancer and taught it up until that hospital visit you read about above. When she began to listen and follow our guided movement patterns she recognized them as movements she made and taught in her own classes.  Now in her frozen state she wasn’t making these movement patterns that were hers for seventy years.  Pain and fear had erased them from her posture and memory!.

Read more on what affected her the most and shifted her into paying more attention to learning what she could do verses seeking answers


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

Low Back Pain

Feldenkrais® Method Research

After four Feldenkrais sessions, 76% of participants with chronic low back pain improved to normal activity. All had tried a variety of other therapies without success and all had experienced discomfort, restriction and stiffness prior to these sessions.

Lake, Bernard. Photoanalysis of Standing Posture in Controls and Low Back Pain: Effects of Kinesthetic Processing (Feldenkrais Method) in Posture and Gait: Control Mechanisms VII. eds. M Woollocott and F Horak, U of Oregon Press, 1992, pp 400- 403.

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