FELDENKRAIS Learnings

to one or two topics, allowing more in-depth investigation. Metaphors abound in lessons, and provide links to daily living. Examples of some metaphors are:

Self and responsibility

• Movement and sensing are self-generated;
• Perceptions of the world are self-generated and perpetuated
• How integrated action allows us to be free in the world

Support 

• Self-support: How I support myself (physically/ but in my life, too)
• Environmental (how the floor supports me: where in the world this happens)
• Social: how I get support from family and society

Strength

• What things that I do actually need strength? how much?

Flexibility

• Experiencing benefits of Flexibility; Ways of being flexible in the world

Orientation

• Ones' bearings - from the inside out
• Knowing one's direction, meeting needs

Bearing weight

• The weight of living

Effective action 

• Slow vs fast

 Somatic Education is practical, in the sense that it assists a person increase functioning on a moment-to-moment, day-to-day basis, with these biomechanical topics that have direct connection with academics and other daily actions:

Breath

• Increasing quality of function of the breath
• Experiencing Breath in daily life
• Experiencing Breath at rest
• Experiencing connection of Breath and health
• Extending and shortening
• Experiencing possible ranges and integrating this into daily life
• Turning
• Experiencing new ways to turn; integration

Weight-bearing

• Learning to bear weight in more efficient ways

Supporting the metaphor are learning opportunities covering a variety of topics:

Thinking

• Habits of thinking (e.g. black-white) versus both/and;
• Learning to think differences in new areas, in new ways
• New types of logic that opens new possibilities in living
• Different ways of thinking, allowing new approaches to challenges

Sensing

• Habits of feeling
• Recognizing habitual tightness
• Understanding Sensing
• Learning to feel differences in new areas, in new ways
• Differentiating stress-based discomfort from organic (disease-based)

The Physical

• Habits of moving
• Recognizing habit patterns
• Learning strategies for moving in new ways.

Body awareness; spatial awareness

• Body image as a representation in the brain for generating movement
• Discovering personal “gaps” in body image
• Increasing accuracy of image and thus fluidity of movement

Our Limbic System (Emotional Brain) and the Sympathetic/Parasympathetic systems

• Habits of the Limbic system; recognizing sympathetic reactions
• Understanding how the Limbic system changes
• Learning to re-program the limbic system to attend in new ways

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