Thoughts and tips on being a student of the Feldenkrais Method.
“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity” Simone Weil
-so why don’t we give some to ourselves?
-We usually act in accordance to our self image.
-Changing the self image = shifting our capacity to act.
-The movement of attention is more important than the actual movements.
-Do less, slower, with less effort & gain more.
-Engaging in awareness.
-Direct your attention.
-Training ourselves to listen to ourselves.
-Observe concrete dimensions: listen to weight, length, initiation, breathing, distance of different body parts, something very measurable in our minds.
-Do less : at the edge of movement you use your habits, in a safe place you explore freely, keep looking for more options.
-Slow down to look for the details in each motion.
-Exaggerate initial response, do more of what you do anyway you become more aware of how you do what you do. Then decrease the intensity, increasing the sensitivity of the nervous system.
-Fine tune our nervous system.
-Modify our actions: do variations, change body parts, change places, positions.
Variations maintain the curiosity which is necessary for learning.
-Posture Moshe said, is the place from which you can use the fastest with minimum effort- the dynamic and functional point of view of posture.
-Learn new ways to do what we do – freedom of choice.
-We can do things in many different ways. We learn how to learn.
We can take this learning in anything we want in life, it applies to all principles.
-Creativity- depends on our ability to be in unknown territory.
-In Feldenkrais we don’t know the end movement, there is no demonstration, we spend time in the uncharted zone.
-We develop a sense of self, on our internal criteria. It is a very valuable thing.
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