Moving well, moving naturally: Feldenkrais
Sometimes, after too much time on the computer or sitting still reading, my hip/leg suddenly give way when I move about… Clearly something is out of alignment (my life schedule, for one!), so I’m experimenting with a couple of things that are already bringing good results:
First, I quit crossing my legs at the ankle.
Crossing the legs at the knee is a no-no. It pulls the body alignment out and it weakens your body-mind energy (you can check this with a simple muscle check: On if it strengthens your system, Off if it weakens).
I sleep on my side, so I’m careful now to support the upper knee with the lower knee. If you can’t do that comfortably and want to “scissor” your legs, hip specialists suggest supporting the upper knee with a firm cushion.
Next, I happened to take a week’s retreat and came up with a more balanced schedule.
If you can afford a week off somewhere – away from computers, phones of all kinds, texting, you name it – with lots of quiet time, nothing like it! Positive ideas and solutions start bubbling up after a couple of days’ of complete rest and quiet.
While away, I began looking at ways to integrate into my day more time away from my computer (I’m a writer!) and more time for things I tend to avoid (but enjoy), like being outside…
Third, I’m tracking down ways to get Feldenkrais movement at home.
Feldenkrais involves subtle movements – one teacher says “The less, the better”. It realigns your system, retrains the brain for moving in natural ways – helps you deal with the pains & consequences of years’ of moving in the wrong way.
You can find practitioners/teachers near you at feldenkrais.com – and you can find lots of videos at YouTube.com including this series by somebody who trained with Moshe Feldenkrais for 20 years.
Even watching these videos helps your system! It is subtly strengthening and attuning when we watch things that are beautiful and natural. So if you avoid “exercise”, like me, give yourself a break and watch these!
PS: A local Feldenkrais teacher just sent in this info – a website with free Feldenkrais lessons: openATM.org (with 2 lessons, I notice, on Sitting!).