“Beard Pull” Pecking, with Chanukia (Patrons)
Back-lying, exploring pecking movements to create ease, clarity, and better carriage of the head, neck, shoulders, and spine. Uses the playful image of having a chin beard that an imaginary friend gently pulls toward the ceiling. Movements from the Chanukia lesson are used to develop possibilities. A link to that prerequisite lesson is in the Comfort & Configuration tab.
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.
Tip – LESSS is more
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Tip 5 – Discomfort
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Tip – Pause the recording
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Tip 3 – Head Support
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Tip – Directions are Relative
Study tip: Directions are always relative to your body. For example, if you’re lying on your back “up” is toward your head, and “forward” is toward the ceiling.
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Thanks Nick, love that see saw feeling of the spine ????
Another fabulous lesson, Nick! I felt all sorts of interesting and unaccustomed connections in head, belly, hips, neck, lower back…
A few days later, i still feel my joints have been oiled! And i’m enjoying new (“better”!?) relationships between my belly/abdomen, pelvis and lower back.
This is the third time I did this one. It’s made me very pleasurably aware of the movement through my spine of my pelvis as I breathe. I’m going to do the dynamic core lengthening the spine next; another way of organizing pelvis and spine with breath.