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Shoes for increasing body balance

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

Natural Foot Motion each of us was borne with.  Without it one is less likely to have balance.

 

For 13 years I have been asked about what shoes I would recommend by clients and students in my Feldenkrais® Private Movement Practice and Awareness through Movement Classes. Shoes are a very personal decision and one must be comfortable with the design, style, fit and personal concepts of what will give them the best support.

An opportunity to work more closely with foot pain led to some postural patterns becoming obvious. Postural patterns that seemed to be created by the insoles in ones shoes. Insoles that hold the foot in one place with no natural shift of weight through the foot from back to front, front to back and side to side. This surprising awareness was enough to break a 13 year pattern of not getting into shoe talk and the start of taking a deeper look.

This pair of Adidas will explain one of the reasons I have not recommended shoes in the past. It goes against the past few decades of advertising and marketing that has been somewhat misleading.  Yet these are quite possibly the most comfortable shoes I have ever slipped on. These are wide enough to let ones toes move and the uppers are soft without any weight, seams or tight bands or pressure. It has a sock fit construction with pull tongue and heel making it easy to slip on and off.  The insoles are a soft foam with no rises, valleys or dips letting the weight move through the feet and toes curl to create natural arches. This design lets one have a more natural gait.  The only aspect of this shoe that I have reservations on is the slight incline of the heel, however smaller concern than I have for other styles.

Why recommend they type of shoe? 

“Flexible Body, Flexible Mind”   Moshe Feldenkrais

I am going to recommend this type of shoe as they are weightless.  When wearing them the focus is not on lifting the shoe in the same way as the more familiar styles of shoes.  This will increase the potential of increasing the movement of the foot and ankle versus the effort of lifting a heavier shoe.  Ideally one would not lift their foot from the floor or ground to take a step.  Instead  they would use the ground to push-off from that comes from  a shift of weight through their foot to create a pattern of movement moving up the up leg.  This shoe design has the potential to allow one to have freer movement through the bone structure in the feet.  The sock fit of the shoe eliminates the distraction of laces and weight at the top of ones foot allowing more felt sense awareness of how ones foot is moving.  My experience of this shoe is the one can begin to cultivate awareness of their feet in motion versus loosing a connection to them in heavier more confined shoes.

Link to Adidas Ultimafusion on Amazon

 more on Healthy Feet (reducing pain) coming soon

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Copyright 2014 – 2019 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

 

 

 

Are you like me? Do you observe body postures in other’s? Check out these walking postures….

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Upper & Lower Rotation -locked Head

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).

Sitting Posture

Head falling forward – depression, pain & anger

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Head falling forward – neck, shoulders, ribs, & shoulders frozen


Walking

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

Experiencing Presence through Left Brain, Right Brain Movement Awareness

As I consider today’s Self-Awareness through movement workshop I am searching for a focus point of motivation.  Recent Feldenkrais students have deepened the connection between left and right brain movement actions.  I recognize that this is the intention for today, the balance of the right and left brain in movement that creates  presence in action.

Babies are the most present and aware beings on the planet.  They have to be to be able to teach themselves to roll over, sit up, crawl, stand, walk, run do somersaults and cartwheels.  This will be a good place to focus the workshop participants.  Not on doing cartwheels, exploring babies first movements!


One segment of society that I have consistently worked with this past decade is seniors, men and women.  This includes those with diagnosed conditions and those without.  As my experience of theirs and societies behavioral patterns become more recognizable, I find an urge to begin to write a series to share some aspects that I am discovering that influence false believes of  aging.    If you are interested in learning more, check back in to explore this series!


Recent Comment:  Thank you for the amazing session which helped me to better understand the pain and anxiety issues I’ve been dealing with. Very insightful experience. I felt way more relaxed Friday evening and I’m monitoring myself to help ensure I’m releasing tension and breathing properly. Am impressed by it and by your skills. D

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

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

Body sense can change how your feeling!

How can your body posture create your attitude and behaviour and affect your sense of  well-being?

Emotions happen not just in the mind; they’re in the body as well.
One isn’t expressed without the other

Try this simple exercise to find out more…….

1.  What are you feeling now in this moment?  If you are not feeling happy, content, and are not enjoying the quality in the moment, uncross your arms and legs, sit up and start to notice if you have any tension in your jaw.
  • Are your teeth clenched together?
2.  Loosen your lower teeth from your upper and let your jaw become slack.
  •  Notice your tongue  placement and if it is against the roof of your mouth let it fall.  
3.  Relax your forehead, eyes and cheeks.
  • Take a moment  to massage the space between your eyebrows to soften the tight knot and widen your eyes a few times and then let them relax.  
4.  Notice your breathing pattern.
  • Are you holding your breathe?  If so, begin to breathe as you would normally and follow your exhale for 3 rounds of 5 breaths. Pause between each round.  If you notice each out breathe has a different length don’t change it, simply notice it.  A few times on an out breath, slouch, round your back and bring your upper arms together towards each other in the front.  Let your chest sink onto your diaphragm.  
5.  Now go back and notice how you are feeling.  
  • Have your original feelings shifted into something else?

It is impossible for you to think about something, without having some form of physical response to it.

Every thought always reflects through the body in some way, because of the electro-chemical, neurological, and physiological processes going on in both your brain and body.

This exercise demonstrates in a simple way how you can change your emotions and thought patterns through your physical body posture and patterns of movement.

 

“Living your confidence balanced with empathy” in relationships and redefining ego

It takes courage to be heart-centered, confident and self-assured.  It also takes courage to live from this point of independence.

Experiencing any beauty in your relationships begins with your behavioral  patterns and how much inner-confidence and independence you feel balanced together with your ability for being self-assuring.

You may seek change by changing the way you look through diet, clothes, fitness  and re-designing your surroundings.  Do these last when you are affected by your relationships!  What is the first thing you reach for when you have a disagreement or are bored?  

What would your personal goal success rate be by starting with inner change support, so what you show on the outside is coming from the inside?

Inside Awareness Methods focus upon seven steps for personal success.  They are integrated into Renee’s coaching and teaching experiences.  Whether you are looking for transformation in your relationships or increasing your  movement abilities,  following these simple steps change how you experience yourself.

SEVEN STEPS TO SUCCESS

  1. Commitment
  2. Intention
  3. Grounding
  4. Practice
  5. Integration
  6. Learning
  7. Conscious Habitual Patterns
If your “search” for change has deepened into a “longing” for change it is time to take grounded and supportive action to make it happen.  Find out more about each one of the these steps by joining Renee at one of her events or by making a direct inquiry.  Email her at renee(at)insideawareness(dot)com or call her at (two, five, zero) three-six-one-seven-five-zero-eight.  

 

Behavior is a result of how you react to your environment

Three doorways into exploring  behavior awareness and change with Renee at Inside for increasing your confidence and improving your relationships are:

  • your own body posture and movement patterns
  • your relationships
  • influences of your surroundings

If you are ready for change in your relationships Renee recommends a program of seven steps to increase your rate of success.

For more information or inquires email renee(at)insideawareness(dot)com.