by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Upper & Lower Rotation – locked Head
Are you like me? Do you observe body postures in other’s? Even prior to being a movement specialist I focused my attention on people’s body language. I remember a cuz asking me why I was looking at a friend of hers as she was walking towards us. Only I was a teen and didn’t know the answer at that time, which as it turns out is how I take in information!! For me, what people say out loud sometimes and what their body story do not match up. Even at an early age I began listening to body postures, not words!
In this picture above this gal has a nice upper and lower rotation however her head is locked! You can see that her right leg is forward while her left should is rotated forward, however her head is locked in a forward facing position. What does this mean? Her movement is not efficient so she is using too much effort in her activity. What can she do differently? Unlock her head and let is swing slightly as she moves forward. Why? Well let me show you some outcomes of a locked head (securely placed in one position always).
Head falling forward – depression, pain & anger
Head falling forward – neck, shoulders, ribs, & shoulders frozen
Beautiful walking rotation posture enabling balance and ease in holding babies weight!
This posture is nice example of upper and lower rotation in walking. His head rotation is looking over his right leg to look at something on that side of him. However, for a more perfect alignment to support his babies weight, his head could be looking over his left leg.
Can you turn your shoulders left and right while turning your head in the opposite direction?
Learn more about your movement @ an upcoming workshop or class @ Monterey Centre – upcoming calendar. Movement focus events are on; Jaw, Balance, Walking, Breathing, Sitting and Self Awareness in Movement.
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Jaw Release Program since 2007, Authored Achieving your Goals 31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program. Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children
“The Feldenkrais Method has had remarkable success in a wide range of complaints ranging from the debilitating to the merely nagging.”
– Science Digest
Explore Feldenkrais in 2 ways:
- Group Glasses & Workshops called: Awareness through Movement or ATM (Classes below)
- Individual Sessions called: Functional Integration (for increasing available movement for conditions, injuries, athletes, musicians, dancers and development
Cultivating Awareness through ATM focused upon the feet
Exercises for between Awareness Through Movement® Lessons
Toes – Begin with one foot first. With a small towel or scarf on the floor, begin to pull it towards you with your toes and sense the quality of your movement. Notice the effort in each one of your toes.
Purpose: to begin to loosen the toe joints and increase their ability to bend. After a few pulls towards you now use your toes to push the towel/scarf away from you. Lengthening them and beginning to push them into the floor as you push the towel/scarf away.
Slowly focus your attention remembering to practice with only one foot at a time. Begin to notice any sensation in your toes. Curl your toes under and push them way to lengthen them.
Softly – begin to lighten the effort and softy pull the towel towards you and softly push it away.
Take time to notice first one foot and compare it to your second one before starting. Notice any sensations in your toes and then explore to see if you notice anything elsewhere in your body that may feel differently.
Take time each day for a few minutes to wake up your toes!
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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