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The Hip Joints: Moving Proximal Around Distal

Recorded live in a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class, the lesson below is copyright Nick Strauss-Klein, for personal use only. This and all our audio lessons are 100% donor-supported. Read this before you begin for practical tips and your responsibilities, and check out Comfort & Configuration below. Click the other lesson note tabs if you’re curious.

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Back-lying, knees bent, feet standing, often one leg resting out to the side on a pillow. Learning to move the whole self (proximal) in relationship to a quietly resting limb (distal). This reversal of the typical image we have of moving a limb creates a novel learning environment within the self, with benefits for the legs, hips, back, and our overall organization. Sitting on the floor at the beginning and end of the lesson is used to help identify some of the changes that take place.

For this lesson have one or two bed pillows or sofa cushions nearby. For most people pillows available at home work better than the props mentioned in the recording from the classroom where the recording was made (folded blankets, rollers, yoga blocks).

You can even simply lean the passive knee against a nearby piece of furniture, so long as that’s comfortable!

Curious about “proximal” and “distal”? These terms are talked about in the recording. You can also read about them in the Curiosities tab for the first lesson in this collection, Connecting Hips and Shoulders Part 1.

This lesson is found in the collection called Learning the Limbs, from the Center.

Like most of our lessons, this one can be studied out of context, but you may find additional learning value by approaching it in the order of the collection it’s in.

This lesson also appears in our Pelvic Clock “Primer”.


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Comfort & Configuration

For this lesson have one or two bed pillows or sofa cushions nearby. For most people pillows available at home work better than the props mentioned in the recording from the classroom where the recording was made (folded blankets, rollers, yoga blocks).

You can even simply lean the passive knee against a nearby piece of furniture, so long as that’s comfortable!

Curiosities

Curious about “proximal” and “distal”? These terms are talked about in the recording. You can also read about them in the Curiosities tab for the first lesson in this collection, Connecting Hips and Shoulders Part 1.

Context

This lesson is found in the collection called Learning the Limbs, from the Center.

Like most of our lessons, this one can be studied out of context, but you may find additional learning value by approaching it in the order of the collection it’s in.

This lesson also appears in our Pelvic Clock “Primer”.

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11 Comments. Leave new

  • What a wonderful lesson! So interesting moving the pelvis in so many directions around the head of the femur. Having one leg totally relaxed helped a lot! One aspect that I added for myself, that I found helpful, was having a smooth belly or even bringing the belly forward in certain positions.
    Thank you very much for this lesson!
    Stephanie

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  • Great ending to a long walk. Feel a loosening if my hips.
    Noticed new ATM the second time around.
    Thank you, Nick!

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  • I think this is a terrific ATM. I’ve done it twice now, each time I get something new. Thank you very much, Nick! Blessings, Lauri

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  • Chris Sigurdson
    October 20, 2018 11:41 am

    Fantastic. Never had a smoother easier pelvic clock- at the end. A keeper

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  • Christine Barrington
    August 27, 2019 12:21 pm

    I have been dealing with the impact of double frozen shoulder for over a year now. I have been doing various kinds of Feldenkrais and myofascial release, all of which helped tremendously. However, there was a particular range of motion I could never regain, no matter what I seem to do. Two days after this lesson, something just changed, and a huge chunk of range returned to me. I am almost completely back to normal, and I know if I just keep exploring this beautiful site, I will extend the experience of my body and being beyond what I call “normal.”

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  • Thank you for recommending this lesson. It does indeed help with my unstable left hip and thigh. I will keep this lesson as a favorite.

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  • Remi Falquet
    May 20, 2020 4:33 pm

    I have done years and years of awareness through movement lessons including a lot of pelvic clock lessons. This lesson got me to feel the pelvis much more accurately and smoothly than any other. I was also very stiff at the start of lesson and now feeling so much looser, can feel movement of pelvis and shoulder has created a nice integration of all the rest of my body as a nice rolling ball, well oiled, moving so easily.
    Thank you Nick!

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  • This was a perfect class for my unbalanced pelvis and back pains. Thank you so much. Will definitely come back to it.

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  • Segolene Marchand
    January 22, 2022 9:31 pm

    Wonderful lesson!
    It allowed me to feel details and differences between my comfortable hip joint and the one “with history” with surprising clarity.
    Having the leg supported brought a sensation of safety that allowed me to identify and let go of a lot of involuntary muscle work around the joint I had no idea was happening.
    That sensation of feeling the weight of the femurs dangling from the hip joints ridden of all the tensions when standing afterwards is priceless, I’ll definitely have to investigate and play with this lesson some more… new favorite!
    Thank you!!

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  • Feels great in my hips now after the class. Thank you. ????

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  • I use Feldenkrais to recover from desk work which I notice stiffens my outward hip mobility, so this is going to be a ‘go-to’ session. Very soothing too.

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