Tag Archives: #yyjFeldenkrais

Nov 14 ’18 Inside News: Empathy for the Parasympathetic & Sympathetic Nervous Systems with Feldenkrais®

In our last newsletter shared how foods could improve our emotional groupings by connecting them to body regions along the parasympathetic and the sympathetic nervous systems. This practitioner is going to call that ‘Food Empathy’ due to the amazing emotional shifts food can create!

This newsletter will suggest that movement can also affect these systems giving the reader more choices in increasing their skills to shift or transform uncomfortable behavioral patterns using  Awareness through Movement® Somatic Patterns.

The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) controls homeostasis and the body at rest and is responsible for the body’s “rest and digest” function. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) controls the body’s responses to a perceived threat and is responsible for the “fight or flight” response.

The difference for this Feldenkrais Practitioner has been that Feldenkrais articulates the inner movement through sensing along the nervous system to mobilize other moving parts to increase ease in movement while other styles of movement are stylized exercise patterns.  The most difficult process this practitioner has observed in others in lessons is the difficulty many have in transitioning from needing to know how to do it before trying it to simply experiencing it through patterns.

Below  are some physical examples along the nervous system that compliment the emotional sensing of the Nonviolent Communication 4 part model, Observation, Feelings, Needs & Request as well as subtle energy center foods mentioned in the last newsletter.  This practitioner is suggestion that these movements can increases one’s window of tolerance and ability to cope as she suggest foods could by increasing the gut brain connection.  It is the body’s natural empathy resource.

To read more from this writer on this topic:

Awareness through Movement for Crown & Brow

The Brow Chakra encompasses the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower part of the brain and is associated with the center of ones intuition.

All guided Awareness through Movement® Lessons, called ATM’s, would support the 6th & 7th Chakras as the intention of the patterns are designed to focus ones attention to specifically bring a state of experiencing each moment using the movement itself. In meditation one is taken into a practice of following the breath or imagery while Feldenkrais® takes one into the focused experience of their personal action from the inside out.

Try this example experience of 7 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

Awareness through Movement for the Throat

Located in the throat at the voice box and Adams apple areas, the Throat Chakra governs the voice, endocrine gland, thyroid and communication.

The guided patterns Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase ones ability to sing higher or lower, speak with more groundedness, swallow easier and unblock air passageways going down into the torso.  Mobilizing unused muscles and spinal movements can free up any restrictions limiting information and fluid going upwards into the head and brain also.

In Nonviolent Communication, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg discussed how the base of the throat area is the line that separates reaction with thinking and speaking  from connection to universal values increasing empathy.  His focus of empathy was an action with an intention of the heart (or values).  If one was speaking only from the mind only the result would be disconnection and conflict.

This Feldenkrais Practitioner, who mentors and coaches using Nonviolent Communication,  can see clues in others who appear to living in their heads, so to speak.  It is evident in their facial features, colouring and body posture.  Sharing  lessons in either Awareness through Movement or Awareness through Communication  this Practitioner can see the changing environment in ones colouring, features and postural changes.

Try this example experience of 8 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

Click the links to read more on the remaining centers:

Two ways you can enjoy the Feldenkrais Method is through group classes or personal integration sessions called:
Function Integration  & Awareness through Movement 

To demonstrate the difference between Feldenkrais and other Movements in this weeks Awareness through Movement Lessons I showed the group a yoga mat and a mat I use in my movement classes.  The differences you can actually see are that the yoga mat is sticky on purpose to support held patterns while the Feldenkrais mat is for mobility for the purpose of having no environmental
restrictions.  In yoga one holds a pose and moves into another contrived pose while in Feldenkrais one has a focus on all the steps of the inside structure on their way towards striking any one posture.  

Follow on TwitterInstagram or Facebook

individual or plan group Coaching/Mentoring

  • Turn Intentions into goals following pattern that increases self-esteem and confidence replacing self judgements in areas of movement, relationships & lifestyle
  • Begin Planning now for 2019 using a model of integration where your vision can become reality.
  • Celebrate your commitment to yourself with monthly organized labyrinth walks to reflect and check in.

Book a personalized Coaching session for self, work, group or create a retreat – 250-361-7508

Re-attaching Heads in Jaw Release Level 2

Re-attaching Head to Whole Movement

Triangle of Head, Shoulders & Arms by Renee LIndstromFigure 1 – Triangles of Head, Neck, Shoulders, Arms & Hands


Level two Of Jaw Release begins immediately on floor mats with a guided check-in to connect and focus on personal sensing.   In re-attaching ones head to core movements the Jaw Release Awareness through Movement® lessons are designed to draw ones attention to the rotation triangles of  the head, arms and shoulders.  It starts with the farthest point from the body – ones hands!  Quite interesting to think about how one’s hands are connected to one’s jaw.  In particular when during one’s lifetime the focus is on isolating ones mouth with attention only on the placement of  teeth!

This would be a great workshops for your Dentist office employees!

Below is a description to the  three parts to the workshop:   Re-attaching Head for Whole Movement in Jaw Release.

  • First Movement Focus in Re-attaching Head for Jaw Release

Attention is first drawn to the movement in ones extremities,  the farthest parts from the  body core.  It begins with the joints in one’s thumb and fingers, before moving closer inward to ones shoulder and spine to sense and notice movement in ones palms, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders.fingers-to-thumb by Renee Lindstrom

Figure 2 – Thumb and Finger Tips Together

  • Second Movement Focus in Re-attaching Head for Jaw Release

Movement then shifts into ones shoulders, ribs , spine, neck and head beginning with sensing and noticing regular up and down motions of ones breathing pattern.   The integration of further patterns creates ease in rolling ones head left and right that includes a short introduction to synchronizing movements in rolling ones head forward and back in time with ones pelvis.body-bending-rotation by Renee Lindstrom

Figure 3 – Body Bending & Rotation

  • Third Movement Focus in Re-attaching Head for Jaw Release

The first two parts of the Jaw Release Workshop is designed to increase one’s sensing skills so  that in the third part the movement patterns one begins to sense the differences within ones mouth and how the jaw  and neck moves in time with one’s tongue!Jaw & Tongue by Renee Lindstrom

Figure 4 – Tongue & Jaw Movements in Rotation

This program is suitable for all ages in all situations.  These movement patterns can be restorative or for learning to improve your functions.  Can be taken into the office  and schools for increasing brain function and reducing distractions.  It is the natural next step to mindfulness training however, it is based on the real function of one’s senses so opens a new one to a new experience.  An experience of being present in action; walking, talking, thinking, being!

Excellent for improving ones abilities and experiences such as for those chronic sufferers of TMJ or to:

  • reduce neck, jaw, shoulder pain
  • neck and shoulder release
  • clear nasal passages and open air ways
  • reduce fear
  • reduce anxiety
  • increase whole movement connection
  • increase breathing
  • increase creativity
  • increase brain function
  • improve fine motor skills
  • breathe easier
  • improve speech & sound

Interested in becoming more fully present in how you walk and act in your day-to-day activities.  Consider Feldenkrais® as it is the next level to your mindfulness or yoga training to become more fully aware of your spontaneous movement patterns versus holding  a pattern.

Celebrating 10 years of #yyj Jaw Release Program!

Upcoming Jaw Release Workshops 
Inquire about Private Lessons
Book an Educational Program for your Office or School
Read more about Feldenkrais Method 
Read more on Moshe Feldenkrais


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’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

Feldenkrais Fitness Chronicles – TMJ Pain Support

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

TMJ Jaw Release Workshop

At a weekend workshop for TMJ a student shared their surprise and relief during a  previous workshop.  They realized that others had similar pain and recognized they were not alone.  From this experience they longed for a support group, simply because they had spent so much money and time searching for answers and no one has any!  I smiled, these workshops and classes to me are supportive groups too, not only learning opportunities.

Find out more about Feldenkrais®

Follow on  Twitter,  Instagram  Pinterest or Facebook.

Book a Functional Integration® or Find out about upcoming class

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