Sunday, February 03, 2013
I just recently started to attend a bi-monthly Feldenkrais workshop. It is one hour and 45 minutes of movement designed to give you body awareness. The idea is that as you become more aware of what your body is doing, you will find easier and less painful ways to move that make your body move as it is intended.
I find the workshop to be much like a very gentle yoga with mats, guided movement that is slow and purposeful. We also are talked through paying attention to what different parts of our body is doing while we make the movements. It is amazing to me that simply by going through these guided movements and learning to listen to my body, my body will be able to move farther and more freely by the end of the session.
I'm sure classes at different locations will differ, but the ones I've gone to have averaged around 15 people in a class. The vast majority have been women but of course it isn't designed for one gender over another. I have been one of the youngest attendee in both classes I've gone to. I haven't gone around and asked, but I would estimate that most of the class has been in the 60's, with a few in the 50's and even fewer in the 40's.
It has also been a bit embarrassing to find that despite being one of the youngest, I've also been one of the only people both times who has needed adaptations to do the moves. I cannot lie on my back and grab my foot. I tried but just could not do it. So today I spent half of the class being the only one to have to do the moves sitting up. I also got a bad cramp in my right leg from doing the movements. Fortunately that was right before we had a break so I could stretch it out a bit. But really, that isn't the important part. What is important is that even though I could not do the moves exactly as described, I still had improved mobility by the end.