Finding Center

Everyone knows what it feels like to be a little off center—mentally or physically. When life pulls you in so many directions that overwhelm sets in and you feel like the slightest nudge will push you over the edge. Just as we know when we are off center, we also know what it is like to be centered. But often we over compensate to find that sense of balance or centeredness.

Feldenkrais Tweet  “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” —Hermann Hesse

We know that there are certain activities can help us to feel as though we are more connected, more grounded, and more centered. I am here to say that the Coordinating Flexors & Extensors Feldenkrais Lesson is one of those activities—literally. The purpose of this lesson is to enhance the coordination of the front muscles of your body, your flexors, with the muscles of your back, your extensors. With the larger muscle groups balanced, you are left with a sense of length, groundedness and power.

So I invite you to give it a go, and let me know what you notice in the way you feel before and after (physically, emotionally and mentally)

Coordinating Flexors & Extensors Free Audio Lesson:

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Feeling balanced and being ‘centered’ is not a static state. Rather it is a dynamic dance of of falling off center and recovering again. It is the active dialogue between mobility and stability. It it making friends with the instability of great mobility, so that we can better know the constraints and freedoms bound within our sense of stability.

Mindfulness based movement practices are one very effective way to get more familiar with your center. Regular practice teaches you what it feels like to be both connected with, and disconnected from, your sense of center and provides you with solid strategies on how to get back there when you get temporarily lost.

This movement lesson is inspired by lesson five in Moshe Feldenkrais’s Awareness Through Movement (1977) and the companion audio series, Basic Awareness Through Movement. It is one of those lessons to put into your back pocket for those days when the life-line to being grounded and centered has been lost in the fog. Personally I have done this lesson, or some variation of it, hundreds of times. There is something so wonderful about the state that it leaves me in. I get the feeling of being totally centered, balanced and calm.

So enjoy the lesson and please let me know what you discover by leaving a comment below.

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  • Donald Young says:

    An amazing technique that actually works. Having experienced this method myself I highly recommended this to anyone experiencing pains throughout the body that other methods have failed to relieve you from.

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