Buttocks Organizing the Spine (Patrons)
Mostly front-lying. Exploring and integrating contractions of the buttocks with different movements and configurations of the axis (pelvis, spine, and head).
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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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Tip 5 – Discomfort
Study tip: If a configuration or movement causes any increase in discomfort, or you feel you just don’t want to do it, don’t! Make it smaller and slower, adapt it, or rest and imagine.
Tip 3 – Head Support
Study tip: It helps to have a large bath towel nearby when you start a lesson. You can fold it differently for comfortable head support in any configuration.
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Thankyou for this and your other class on the buttocks which has made me feel stronger in walking. When lying on my stomach my heels naturally turn away from each other and the top of my feet and toes turn inwards. I find that clenching the buttocks seems to engage the arches of my feet which are inclined to cramp. Could you please suggest a class or another way of reducing the cramping of the feet?
The buttocks and the arches are definitely closely related. In the Related Lessons tab above you’ll find that Activating the Arches is a good lesson to explore this. Also try out Supple Ankles, Shifting Pelvis (32 minutes, Patrons). See the Related Lessons tabs in those lessons for more threads to follow. Length without Effort in our Getting Oriented collection may also be useful.
Thankyou so much Nick. Feldenkrais is truly miraculous and your teaching is wonderfully clear, kind and playful. I encourage everyone I know to explore the Feldenkrais Project.
This lesson and all the lessons on the pelvic clock/navigational pelvis have helped me to manage Level 1 Spondylolisthesis. I am grateful for your work, Nick.