Updated: Feb 21, 2019
Are you in need of some optimistic news? Perhaps your body has something to tell you.
I recently taught a lesson in a class that challenged most of the students. It involved more complexity than some had experienced before, and they had to sense their shifting weight while finding flexibility in the hip joint, which was not possible without activating certain muscles in their back. That particular movement concept felt unfamiliar to some.
As I gave the instruction, I received a few, “You want me to do what?” looks from them. But then, they continued playing with the movement I had described-- slowly, carefully exploring the seemingly pointless concept, until, one by one, they each discovered something new, and what had seemed impossible not only became possible, but, for some, turned into something easy.
We did not have time to complete the full lesson, but we paused to note that not finishing the lesson did not hinder the quality of their experience. Sparked by something that, at first, almost irritated them, but then became easy and clear, some students wanted to know when that particular lesson will again be included in class. There was almost a buzz in the room at the end, with easy smiles and conversation, people chatting from a new, lighter place in themselves.
Feldenkrais lessons take us into a nurturing zone of play, exploration, novelty, choice and surprise. The experience provides just enough structure to feel secure, but plenty of freedom to adapt and modify as you learn to listen to yourself.
I like to say that my class is a quality hour that you spend with the most important person in your life---you. And there is plenty within you to explore.
If "just enough" challenge sounds good to you, or if you could use a little optimism or reconnection, call or message me for upcoming session information. Or check out the offerings on this site. Come and hear what your body wants to tell you!