The One Shoulder Lesson (19 min, Patrons)

Side-lying. A brief, asymmetrical exploration of movements of one arm and shoulder in relationship with the whole self, intended to leave you curious about and learning from the differences created between the two sides of your body.

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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Once you’re lying on your chosen side you’re invited to rest your head on your arm or a folded towel. Please choose according to your comfort, and perhaps try both as the lesson progresses.

Lying on your side, all the movements of this lesson are done with the ceiling side arm extended directly toward the ceiling, standing up plumb in gravity. Please lower it for rest any time you wish, and even pause the recording and rest on your back at any time (just be sure to return to lying on the same side).

On a subsequent listening, if you’re reasonably comfortable lying on your non-preferred side it’s of course great to try this asymmetrical lesson in the other possible side-lying choice, with the other arm and shoulder doing the movements of the lesson.

This lesson is found in Patrons Monthly, our growing collection of new lessons (one or more added every month) for Feldenkrais Project Patron-level donors.

Like most of our lessons, this one can be studied out of context, but it also appears in our Deep Dive course called Shoulder Cloak, Rib Basket, Sliding Sternum.

It was recorded as the second lesson in my Twin Cities Feldenkrais 10 Year Celebration workshop. Patrons also have access to the full uncut workshop recording here.

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2 Comments

  1. Ann Thomson on September 9, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    At the end of this lesson, selecting my left shoulder,I had an overwhelming wish to come to standing from my left side. It seemed quite remarkable that this short lesson changed my long established habitual right side preference .I am 84yrs old.
    Ann

    • Nick Strauss-Klein on September 10, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Thanks for sharing! After more than 20 years of Feldenkrais I myself am still surprised by personal discoveries asymmetrical study can lead to.

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