Relief for Stress and Deeply Healing
These movement classes are an effective means to relieve your stress, however it plays out, physical or mental.
The class is not intellectual learning but somatic learning—or re-education; it involves a re-learning that your body and nervous system maintain on their own without your having to mentally analyze the process.
It takes place in a very deep or unconscious way, because the movements and how they are done and organized reach a deeply healing part of the nervous system known as the parasympathetic branch, which usually isn’t that easily accessed. In fact, life in our contemporary society often goes against the health of this part of our nervous system.
A final few words about this movement method called Feldenkrais, named after its developer (Moshe Feldenkrais) in the mid-20th century I wrote about earlier. Yup! The cat is out of the bag!
The method is hard to categorize. It is completely holistic and also supported by science. It is holistic in that it considers the whole of the person, focusing on what already works well. It asks, what are a person’s abilities right now? It avoids the word disability, because even those of us with movement limitations have quite a bit that we CAN do.
Here’s what my movement class looks like
It’s a bit like a mindful movement meditation. It is done either seated, lying down, or standing. Most of the time it’s done on the floor on a mat. Each class focuses on a unique blend of gentle, easy, and often small movements done slowly.
Sometimes we focus on a certain area of the body. However, even if only a couple of body areas are the focus of the class, it seems that by some magical process, always the ENTIRE body is always positively affected by the end of the class.
Especially the nervous system is brought into a healing parasympathetic state. The reason why this method is so stress-relieving and capable of dealing with trauma is the deep manner in which it accesses the natural healing abilities of the nervous system. Most of us have experienced trauma in some way, big or small. A pandemic is one; and we all share that one.
Appropriate for All
The movements are very simple and meant for even the sedentary person or extreme beginner. Unless there’s an injury, everyone can participate. And even then, it can be modified to accommodate the person with an injury. Most importantly, being “fit” or young is certainly NOT a requirement at all. It is for everyone and every body.
TIME TO MAKE RELAXATION, SELF-CARE AND BETTER HEALTH A PRIORITY
If the idea of relaxation is ever-elusive or alluring to you, but you haven’t yet been able to make it a priority, then my classes are for you. And right now, for this week, I’m giving a free class if it’s your first one. If you’ve attended before then it’s half off at $7; the usual full price is $15.