Differentiation of Parts and Functions in Breathing (Patrons)
Various positions, about half back-lying. Experiments designed to help you differentiate the various mechanisms of breathing, and to learn a fuller, more adaptable use of the diaphragm and ALL the ribs and surfaces of the torso. Uses what the Feldenkrais community calls “paradoxical breathing.”
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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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Sometimes there is a word I can not understand ie , in this lesson at 21′ 13 I do not understand an important word sisa which is often mentioned ? What am I doing in this case Thanks a lot
I think that word is “seesaw”, a children’s playground toy that is a board balanced in the middle: when one end goes up, the other end goes down. This is like the two “ends” of your torso in this lesson: your belly raises higher from the ground and your chest flattens, and then your chest raises higher from the ground, and your belly flattens.
Helped with hick ups too 🙂
Oh, paradoxical breathing is so challenging for me! My first lesson 6 months ago made me run from any other lessons until this week. I’ve got the basics now that I’ve done a handful of lessons, but can’t release extraneous muscles while doing it. My diagonal breathing is pretty lame. The side-lying paradoxical breathing was just too much for me and that was the end of this lesson today.
Don’t be afraid – this is probably the “hardest” incorporation of the seesaw breath awareness technique in any of the lessons on our website. No need to push forward with breathing lessons, and you’ve been wise to do others instead! When the time is right have you tried Breath, Belly, Back, and Hips: Connecting to the Earth? I’m also thinking of the lessons in the red and blue boxes in our Breathing with Vitality course. They explore breathing in other ways (not seesaw).