This category contains Feldenkrais Exercises that are designed to free up your shoulders and help integrate your arms into movement and function. Almost everything we do involves the shoulders and arms to a degree and many Awareness Through Movement lessons work directly with them.
For different reasons, many people find themselves with pain and stiffness with the shoulders and arms. This can be particularly debilitating and greatly reduce the capacity to both enjoy and participate in life.
If you do these processes very gently and even just visualise the movements you should gain relief for yourself.
One of the most striking differences between someone who is well coordinated and someone who isn't is the degree to which the arms / shoulders and torso are integrated. With high quality movement, such as we are after here, you see a type of spiraling and flowing effect through the body. Usually the best of the best athletes illustrate this.
For someone who isn't of that standard you tend to see the opposite which is highly differentiated movement. That is the arms move in isolation to the shoulders and torso. Invariably this leads to stiffness, pain, inaccuracies in performance and balance of a lower order.
You particularly see this higher level of quality to a striking degree in those who are well skilled in the softer internal martial arts.
These Feldenkrais exercises are quite complimentary to each other. It is quite a common practice to design lessons to be used in conjunction with each other.
Exceptional movement seems to have a slow motion fluidity about it.
Even at rapid speed.
The reason for this is 'graduated movement'.
This means that the whole body is participating, even at micro movement levels.
To do this we need to be able to mobilize every vertebrae and rib into the action of movement.
All this is useless, however, if it doesn't gracefully flow out through the arms and shoulders.
These lesson are designed to cause just that.
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