Dynamic Balance: Stability Through Suppleness (Patrons)

Framed by brief explorations in standing, this mostly side-lying lesson presents gently de-stabilizing movements of the head and legs to help you explore and improve your balance in a supple, whole-self way.

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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Tip – Complete the Movement

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Study tip: Wear loose, comfortable clothes that are warm enough for quiet movement. Remove or avoid anything restrictive like belts or glasses.

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Tip 5 – Discomfort

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Tip – LESSS is more

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Tip 4 – Padding

Study tip: Comfort first! Carpeted floors usually work well, but it’s great to have an extra mat or blanket nearby in case you need a softer surface in some configurations.

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When you’re side-lying…

  • the floor-side leg is always bent comfortably in front of you to help you balance, even when you straighten the ceiling-side leg downward in line with your spine.
  • when supporting or lifting your head with your ceiling-side hand, always let your arm and shoulder do the work, not your neck muscles.
  • rest on your back as frequently as you wish, even when resting in side-lying is suggested (just remember which side you were on).

This lesson works well on its own but “last week” is mentioned at the start. That recording also became a Feldenkrais Project lesson, and it’s also related to balance. It is Sensing Stability: The Sacral Clock (Patrons).

Both lessons can be found in our Better Balance Deep Dive.

This lesson is found in Patrons Monthly, our collection of lessons exclusively for Feldenkrais Project Patron-level donors, with one or more new lessons added every month. It was recorded in a live Zoom class on Nov 17, 2020 then edited for flow and clarity.

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1 Comments

  1. Sara Firman on September 3, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    I enjoyed how this really woke up my back in a pleasant gently pendulating way – now the entire back area feels warm and lively.

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