Breathe in and out through the nose. Inhale on a slow count of six, visualizing filling up from the bottom to the top of the lungs. As you exhale, empty out in reverse, from top to bottom, on a count of six.
Curves of the spine
Lie down with knees bent and soles of the feet on the ground, heels in line with the sitting bones. Identify where your pubic bone and ribs are. Keeping the pelvis on the ground, roll your pubic bone towards your ribs, flattening your back. Then roll your pubic bone away from your ribs, lifting up through the lower back. Repeat until the movement is smooth. Now find the natural curves of your spine where you are neither unduly arching the lower back, nor flattening it.
Stand with feet parallel, sit-bone distance apart. Pick up your toes and spread the little toe away from the others and see if you can place it down. Repeat with your big toe. Bring the other toes down. Keep your weight in the heel of your foot and press down through the big and little toes. This allows the bones to spread and your arches to lift.
Shoulder and neck pain can be very debilitating and is often related to loss of mobility of your chest and rib cage. In this short video Australian Feldenkrais Physiotherapist Jodie Krantz demonstrates a flowing sequence of movements that help you discover feel how the neck, shoulders and chest can function in a more integrated and harmonious way, to bring relief of pain and stiffness.
When practicing Feldenkrais exercises here are a few useful tips to increase both the effectiveness and safety of the exercises. 1. Move slowly and smoothy and keep the movements small 2. Do less than you know you can do safely (especially if you have pain) 3. Reduce the effort, let go of tension in your belly, face, eyes, jaw 4. Continue to breathe gently and evenly throughout 5. Watch the whole video through once before attempting the exercises yourself. Thank you and please post your comments below for a prompt response.
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