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Rib Basket, Shoulder Cloak (Patrons)

Framed by brief standing explorations of breathing and walking, this mostly back-lying lesson is designed to improve differentiation of the ribs and shoulders, and to improve their integration with functional movements of the arms, legs, hips, spine, and head. Uses a fascinating constraint of precisely relating the scapulas to the plane of the floor.

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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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This lesson benefits from a lower friction mat, so please avoid using a sticky yoga mat (for example). Throw a smooth blanket over it if that’s all you have.

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’s one of our only lessons that appears in three Deep Dive courses, because it benefits a lot of different functional contexts and learning contexts. They are: Shoulder Cloak, Rib Basket, Sliding Sternum and The Illusion of Isolation and Better Balance.

Audio was captured during a live Zoom class on June 30, 2020, then edited for flow and clarity.

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3 Comments

  1. jean kirk on April 3, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    This is a great lesson. I learned more about being upright than I have from any other lesson. Jean Kirk

  2. Joan Oliver Goldsmith on April 5, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    For me, sensing the weight of the elbows was really important in keeping the shoulder blade on the floor. Also, when lifting the left hip, the left lumbar region really wanted to tighten and protect. I wasn’t often successful in keeping it soft even though that felt much more pleasant.

  3. Sara on January 14, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    I noticed I was using my entire rib cage to breath in the upright check-in at the end – a sense of three-dimensional expansion being possible. I plan to return to this and see if I can progress in keeping the shoulder blades truly in the up/down plane. Great session – thank you.

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