Sensing Stability: The Sacral Clock (Patrons)

Framed with explorations of dynamic stability in standing, this back-lying lesson is a play on Moshe Feldenkrais' most famous image. Small movements in an unusual configuration of the legs create a precise, gentle challenge designed to promote new awareness and choices for our hip joints, pelvis, and lower back (along with everything else).

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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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Safety first as always: during the standing parts at the beginning and end of the lesson the “little shoves” you’re asked to imagine receiving should be minimal and completely safe. Please glide back to center after each “nudge” as slowly as you wish.

You may wish to have a roller or rolled up towel nearby for under your knee(s) if it makes it easier to do the legs-lying-long parts of the lesson.

All lying down parts of the lesson are done with comfortable space between the legs, at least the width of your hips whether your legs are long or your knees are bent, so your loosely resting legs and hips are free to shift with the movements of your pelvis.

The resources mentioned in the recording, which I sent by email after class: a link to an article with my favorite graphic of sit bones. And here’s the Wikipedia pubic symphysis entry with lots of pictures and info.

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 also in three Deep Dives: Better Balance and The Pelvic Floor: Less Is More and our Pelvic Clock “Primer”.

Audio was captured during a live Zoom class on November 10, 2020, then edited for flow and clarity. This class was part of our Sensing Stability themed lessons.

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  1. Lorraine on July 18, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    This lesson was so interesting to do. I feel renewed interest in the pelvic clock and what it reveals about myself.

  2. Claire Gunn on December 29, 2022 at 4:47 am

    Thank you. This led me to places that felt central to the holding of unnecessary tension. Thank you for suggesting alternatives for comfort, it allowed me to access all variations eventually. And the eyes of the sit bones will forever be able to see too !!

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