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Lifting and Pressing (38 min, Patrons)

Back-lying, some front-lying. Relating to the support surface with simple, potent movements designed to promote whole-self awareness and distributed, lengthening efforts as we physically connect to our world.

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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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It’s audio from the lesson I taught in the March 2020 live video conference for Patrons.

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4 Comments

  1. Lorraine on November 28, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    My earliest memory is of lying on my back and trying to lift my head. Wow! I have learnt so much since then.

  2. Lorraine on April 1, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    So on the second attempt at this lesson I managed to remember to do less and feel more. So satisfying at so many levels!

  3. Susan Mayer on April 12, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    LOVE this lesson. So simple and basic and foundational for me. Also showed me that I am absorbing the teaching of Feldenkrais, while clearly having much more to learn. I suspect this will be one of my go-to refresher lessons.

  4. Sara Firman on July 26, 2023 at 1:57 am

    This lesson is perfect for rebalancing my left and right sides of the body and for reminding myself how to truly let go. Very soothing.

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