Conclusion

I have barely ‘touched’ upon many of the fascinating attributes of our humanness and the meaning and intelligence that our hands contribute to that. Suffice to say that if we do consider the hands to be the outer brain, then this may well indicate that our brains are visible, kinesthetically available and not just an interior concept. The relationship of this to the breadth and development of our self- image, and our capacity to learn is vast.

Just recently a friend of mine had to go to hospital for surgery. She told me while in recovery that while she was drug induced, in pain and in distress, just out of surgery, the nurse sat with her and held her hand. It was an enormous gesture that filled her whole body with warmth and calm and comfort. ‘I’d forgotten the significance of the holding the hand,’ she said.

I’ll hand it over to you for now to explore those ideas more. I invite you to hold someone’s hand and feel what you can do with that.

About Margaret Kaye

Margaret Kaye has run an active Feldenkrais practice in Australia since graduating from the Melbourne training in 1991. She is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, an Assistant Trainer and a Bones for Life teacher.

As well as her own regular classes she also runs classes for an organisation that specialises in providing exercise for older people. She runs corporate programs including the Smart Sitting© program; the Leadership and The Body program and the Running Easy program.

Margaret runs a series of post-graduate Feldenkrais Trainings on the topics of the function of the hand, arms and shoulders, called The Hand, Arms In Acture, and Active Sitting. She recently released recordings Sitting Easy, Sleeping Easy and Running Easy. Margaret also works with performers, such as actors, musicians and athletes.

References

The Human Significance of the Skin Ashley Montagu. 1986

Cortical Homunculus- Click to see wikipedia article  

The Hand Frank R. Wilson. 1998

Hearing Gesture: How our hands help us to think, Dr Susan Goldin-Meadow. 2005

The Elusive Obvious: Moshe Feldenkrais 1981

Dr. Bly's work was noted by Barbara Conable in How To Resolve Dystonias: A Movement Perspective) http://bodymap.org/main/?p=226.

Tags: hands, focal dystonia, frozen shoulder, cerebral palsy, musicians, computer problems, repetitive strain

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