The Movement of the Eyes Organizes the Movement of the Body (Patrons)
Standing, then mostly side-sitting on the floor, with rests lying on the back. Discovering how improving the smooth tracking of the eyes in various turning motions can improve the whole self.
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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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I first did this lesson back in 2002 when I recorded it on cassette straight from the book. Probably have not done it since 2005. Your pacing was very enjoyable. I remember the lesson somewhat differently. Are they abridged in any way?
Hello! It’s been a few years since I recorded and listened to this one, but my intention with these lessons from Moshe’s ATM book has been to stay as close to the written lesson as possible, even as I put things in my own words. At this point the lessons I have left to add to this collection are the ones that will require a little more creativity! So I’m pretty certain this version is close to the source, though I do recall some ambiguity in Moshe’s instructions about differentiation of the eyes. I chose to play with that step late in the lesson in supine, to hedge my bets a little. If you happen to compare directly, comment again and let us all know! -Nick
I have only just come to Feldenkrais.
During a retreat that I attended Feldenkrais was run each morning.
I found them amazing….Having MS I felt a huge benefit in my movement.
I just now did this session and now I will do it regularly because by the end of it my balance and movement was so much better.
I’m a convert.
Definitely one of my favorite lessons. It may seem our eyes are working and our body is what gets stuck when really it’s the other way around.
Is there a lesson that works with the eyes in more of an up and down manner? Also what lesson would you recommend for improving the side sitting configuration?
[2023 Update: Basic Folding and Arching (Patrons) is a more direct exploration of your question (up/down eyes).]
I believe that the first half of More Precise Hips and Spine includes movements like this, at least for the skull, jaw, and tongue – maybe the eyes too (it’s been a long time since I’ve done it). Either way it will help with the eyes up and down question.
Regarding getting more comfortable in side-sitting, I’ve added info to the Related Notes tab on this lesson, above! Thanks to your comment I’ve added another cross-reference for donors there.