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Vertebrae & the Spine

One dimensional views of the spines vertebrae


Vertebrae & the Spine

The spines vertebrae connects the skeletons head, chest and pelvis, distributes the weight of the skeletons upper body through the pelvis to the legs and protects the spinal cord and nerves.

Dare I write the natural 3 and 4 dimensional S shape of a healthy spine has 4 curves and is made up of 24 independently moving vertebrae and 9 fused vertebrae.  The 3 and 4 dimensional flexibility and stability of the vertebrae is created by muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue that acts as a shock absorber to increase  easy and pain free movement.

The motion and rotation of the vertebrae can be spontaneously motivated by a shift of skeletal movement of areas of  the head, ribs, shoulders, arms, pelvis, legs and feet.  By increasing a spontaneous fluid motion through this core skeletal system it improves balance and general overall health; physically, emotionally and mentally.

This core system of articulating, sensing and cultivating awareness of each unique pattern of movement describes the focus point of somatic learning in Feldenkrais. Read more about Feldenkrais below

Those who created the anatomy learning standards had a dominant left-brain approach using a 1 or 2 dimensional  focus when they separated the vertebrae into smaller sized chunks to compartmentalize them for easier scientific study and micro management.  These four parts of the spine are labelled; Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral.

  •   Cervical spinal cord & nerve functions

  • Thoracic spinal cord & nerve functions

  • Lumbar spinal cord and nerve functions

2 direct ways to influence vertebrae and spinal functions

1.  Feldenkrais & the Spine

The patterns of micro-movement in Feldenkrais increase available movement and are intended for participants to begin observing the activity of  how each body part participates in the focused  pattern of movement.    Whilst observing the patterns one is creating another intention is to increase felt awareness of each movement.

Here are some examples of symptoms and diagnosed conditions that have been eased through learning some of the somatic movements of Feldenkrais:

  • Anxiety, depression & mood disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Chronic Pain
  • Eating Disorders
  • Edema
  • Fear
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Injuries
  • Intimacy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle Tension
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Parkinson’s
  • Spasms
  • Stroke
  • and more………

Why Feldenkrais?

It’s not a philosophy & there is no guru

The focus is upon a natural learning system & developmental building blocks that may have been interrupted through one’s lifetime

The wonderful integration focus of micro-movements in this somatic system of learning stimulates confidence and inner-strength.  It’s singularly focus is upon activating one’s learning awareness within themselves that increases a more complete and natural system of support.  In many students these patterns of micro movements has reduced the conditions and attachment to any diagnosis they have had.  It appears that changing movement patterns can decrease years of habits and reaction contributing to the diagnosis.

Feldenkrais is a self-focused learning system uniquely designed to increase ones abilities to function in the world.

2.  eating for Spinal Cord & Nerve Functions

Cultivating awareness of the nutritional needs for the vertebrae and all it’s functioning parts can create direct actions towards improving the conditions one’s experiencing.  Focusing upon an eating plan that feeds all ones moving parts can be an effective lifestyle change not only physically but emotionally and mentally.  Retrain your brain through eating and growing appreciation for the actual function it is feeding.

The only way to change is action

by Renee Lindstrom

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Personal Life Change Testimonial

I am pleased to receive and share a testimonial from a caregiver of partner diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

“I am the caretaker of my husband who is recovering from Parkinson’s Disease.  When I first took him to see Renee last March, his muscles were very tight and constricted making it difficult for him to get in and out of our vehicle.  I also had difficulty getting him in and out of his bed.  He also had a fear based mind, and was living in survival mode.  After six months of treatments, one treatment a week, he is now more flexible and living more freely, not always in survival mode.  Although he still lives in fear, he has improved to a place where he has more self-confidence and love for himself.  I am very grateful for Renee and her Feldenkrais treatments as it has given us the opportunity to travel more freely.  It has also made my work at home easier with his shower and assisting him in and out of bed.”  BL

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication Relationship & Life 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


Feldenkrais® Method Research

This study demonstrates that the disabilities of Parkinson’s Disease can be lessened with early Feldenkrais intervention as gains are made in musculoskeletal flexibility, alignment and functional movement. Early intervention is important and can delay the need for pharmacological intervention, which, because of long-term use, is associated with potentially unwanted and toxic side effects. The study illustrates improvements in balance, gait, and functional movement made by an individual who was not yet receiving medication for Parkinson’s disease. A second case study illustrates improvements of balance gait and functional movement made by an individual who was already receiving medication for the disease. These case studies illustrate the dramatic improvements that Feldenkraisintervention can achieve in the patient with Parkinson’s disease.

Shenkman, M., Donovan, J., Tsubota, J., Kluss, M., Stebbins, P., Butler, R. Management of Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease: Rationale and Case Studies. Physical Therapy 69: 944-955, 1989.

Wendell, L. L. Some effects of the Feldenkrais Method on Parkinson’s symptoms and function. Unpublished case study by L. L. Wendell client and Marilyn Johnson, Feldenkrais Practitioner. June 2000.


Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Functional Integration®, and Awareness Through Movement®, are Servicemarks of The Feldenkrais Guild®