Happy Hips & Low Back

Class Synopsis

Welcome To the First Class

 In first 5 minutes of the class, I covered some some basic concepts to help you be ready for the series:

  • The five lines (we will return to this in later classes)
  • Objective vs Subjective experiences
  • Body as a reference for the lesson
  • Comfort is primary
  • The midline

Then we started to move the right arm and used the experience of moving to explore a few more principles:

  • Comfort is primary (again)
  • Making small movements
  • Listening to yourself
  • Thinking and comparing distances
  • Inviting other parts of the body to participate

At the end, participants stood and listened/felt the differences in their arms, neck and low back.

Second Class

  At the beginning of this second class, I reviewed some important properties:

  • 5 lines
  • Objective and Subjective experiencing
  • The Body as a reference, and
  • Using the whole self for moving

I briefly mentioned the connection between these special movements and emotions. That there is a range of experiences that people experience as they delve in to learn more about themselves.

We moved into the movement part of the lesson with sensing in particular the "first cardinal line" from the tailbone to the head, using the objective data about contact and positioning and adding in subjective senses.

The sketch at right shows a basic position from which a number of variations were done. When one listens to oneself raising the pelvis, there are many questions that can arise. An overall  picture was finding ways for parts of the sine to rise while allowing others to rest, and, perhaps more than rest, to provide very clear support.

For one part of the body to rise, another part needs to sink into the floor. Thus, when the head rises, what sinks into the floor, providing support? When the pelvis rises?

When support is realized, those parts holding on let go.

When the students stood they found they were more erect and they felt taller. They tested the different ways of bending that had been done on the floor and found much greater ease. One student said, "My back was sore when I came into class, but now it is great!"