Advanced Twisting Part 2

Prerequisite lesson: Advanced Twisting Part 1. Back-lying, using the tilted crossed legs as a constraint to help learn more suppleness and better upright organization of the spine, chest, shoulders, and neck, with awareness of and sensitivity to one's own biases.


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Before you begin read this for practical tips and your responsibilities, and check out Comfort & Configuration below.

Recorded live in a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class, this lesson is copyright Nick Strauss-Klein, for personal use only.

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It is important that you do part 1 of this lesson before you do this follow-up lesson. The Comfort & Configuration notes for part 1 are all applicable to part 2.

This lesson involves many complex simultaneous uses of the left and right sides of the body. If you get confused, don’t worry, just continue onward. All of the variations are explored on both sides. The many variations are designed to create a very thorough exploration, and it’s ok to miss a step here and there.

The legs-crossed, tilting (or sustained tilted) configuration is not about flexibility, though that will likely improve. It’s about the learning opportunities that can be created elsewhere while in this constraining configuration.

ATM lessons often use what Feldenkrais Practitioners call “constraints”: configurations or instructions which prevent some movement possibilities and require you to learn others.

This lesson is found in the collection called Freeing the Spine, Chest, Shoulders, and Neck. It has three recommended prerequisite lessons, which are best studied in this order (or just progress through the whole collection in order).

Or you can approach these Advanced Twisting lessons in another context: they’re also in our Free While Constrained Deep Dive.

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  1. Chris Sigurdson on December 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Whoa! Interesting. More difficult than previously because of small movements in constrained positions. But the clear instructions make it doable and despite wondering at times if I was “ doing it right”, the result was really interesting. Very different and lovely sense of my torso as I walked. Freedom and space.

    • Chris Sigurdson on February 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Easier the second time with more confidence about small movements and thus more relaxed. Similar fullness in my torso as a result and some relief if a neck issue.

  2. Lorraine on October 8, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you for this lesson and for the repeat button!

    • Nick Strauss-Klein on October 9, 2020 at 10:18 am

      Love that you called out our 10 seconds back button! It was surprisingly hard to implement – makes me smile to know it’s getting used.

      • Matthew Lanzi on October 23, 2020 at 5:37 pm

        I use it ALL THE TIME. Very grateful you went through the effort of implementing it!

  3. Lorraine on May 18, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    I didn’t need the repeat button the second time I did this lesson, and I felt more free to do less and feel more.

  4. J Jordan on December 26, 2022 at 6:42 am

    Very nice lesson, thank you from my ribs and spine

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