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Spatial Relationships as a Means to Coordinated Action (Patrons)

Floor-seated, with back-lying rests. Guided asymmetrical attention and imagination tasks are applied to symmetrical movements, powerfully demonstrating your nervous system's ability to change and improve your body, movement, and awareness based simply on what you pay attention to. See the Curiosities tab for a post-lesson discussion.

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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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LESSS is more: Light, Easy, Small, Slow, & Smooth movements will ease pains and improve your underlying neuromuscular habits faster than any other kind of movement, no matter who you are or what your training is!

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Study tip: Wear loose, comfortable clothes that are warm enough for quiet movement. Remove or avoid anything restrictive like belts or glasses.

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Tip 4 – Padding

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Tip 5 – Discomfort

Study tip: If a configuration or movement causes any increase in discomfort, or you feel you just don’t want to do it, don’t! Make it smaller and slower, adapt it, or rest and imagine.

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The movements of this lesson are intended to be done in a particular position: floor-seated, knees apart (legs crossed or otherwise), leaning back on your hands. The lesson’s rests are best experienced lying down on your back.

Alterations: If floor-sitting or leaning on your hands is difficult you could do this lesson seated toward the front of a simple, level, non-rolling chair. During the movement explorations it is important that your postural muscles are engaged, so if you’re in a chair please sit upright. Don’t lean back in the chair unless you’re resting. Better yet for the rests: you could lie down on a bed if the transition from chair to floor is difficult.

The nose circles are clockwise until you hear a change. Each change of direction is made explicit, so if you’re not sure which way to go just use the most recent direction you remember.

This is a perfect lesson for reversing all the lefts and rights on a subsequent listening, on another day.

There’s a wonderful post-lesson discussion available to Patrons that unpacks the purpose and effects of this lesson, recorded immediately after this audio was recorded. Patrons can dive right in at the point of discussion, or access the full event recording (audio and video options) and participant comments here.

This lesson is one of 12 in Moshe Feldenkrais’s 1972 book Awareness Through Movement. The Feldenkrais Project has a collection of lessons from this source.

It was recorded during our quarterly Patrons video call on January 27, 2022. We recommend studying from this audio version which has been edited for better sound quality, flow, and clarity. Patrons can also view the unedited Zoom recording that includes some discussion with students before and after the lesson. Find it here.

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While taught in my own words, this lesson comes directly from Moshe Feldenkrais’s 1972 book Awareness Through Movement. Members and Patrons can access more information on other sources I used, and changes I made.

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4 Comments

  1. Nick Strauss-Klein on March 11, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Don’t miss the after-lesson discussion with Patrons who were present! It’s linked in the Curiosities tab.

    There are also some interesting written comments from Patrons who were on the Zoom. See them here.

    But please make your own comments below, right here on this permanent audio lesson page.

  2. Lorraine on March 13, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Wow! And I thought learning to play drums was a challenge to my attention!

    • Nick Strauss-Klein on March 14, 2022 at 3:47 pm

      I experience attention overload many times when I do this lesson. I have to rest from even imagining the movements sometimes! It’s remarkable how difficult some attentional tasks are. It also helps explain why they are so impactful for our nervous system and learning.

  3. Lorraine on March 16, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Difficult but so worth it

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