- Focus on flexors.
This lesson is done lying on your back. Key movements:
- Lift head, explore lifting/rounding small of back.
- Interlace hands to lift head, explore bending knees at same time
- Knee to elbow: same side, opposite elbow
- Interlace fingers below knee, knee to chin, mouth, forehead
- Hold knee with same hand, knee to opposite ear
- Stand, compare turning
- If you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want. Sensing the differences in your back for each variation. Do a movement first with tricks, and then you can do it without the tricks.
Also see Theme Flexion Lesson:
- “Twenty-Five Lessons by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais” by Michal Shoshani and Margalit Sonnenfeld under the supervision of Noa Eshkol – Lesson 2, 3 and 4
- Alexander Yanai Vol 2 #59 – Lifting the head with the hands
- Amherst Year 1 – Flexing the upper body, Elbow to the knee (continued)
- Diagonal bending AY 448
- Elbows and knees touching AY27
- Flexors LT5
- Frog – continuation-(Toad)-AY320
- Lifting the head to activate flexors – Amherst Year 1
- Lifting the head to activate flexors (continued) – Amherst Year 1
- On back, lifting the head with the help of the hands SF1
- Scanning E1
- SF Public Workshop – Rolling
- SF Public Workshop (1976) – Lower Back Ease
- Vancouver 1973 – Art Gallery (16 August 1973) – Interlace fingers behind, lift and lower head
- Vancouver 1973 – Edmonds Center (6-16 August 1973 – Morning course for Seniors) – Flexion with foot differentiation, rolling back
- Vancouver 1973 – Hotel Vancouver (10-12 August 1973) – 4. Flexion (Flexor), 11AUG73
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- Differing viewpoints are welcome and desired!
- Many people start this one only trying to lift head and shoulders to bring elbows to knees. Pushing down in the middle, and thinking of lengthening lower back and tipping pelvis are often major discoveries.
- Auxilliary movements
- Focus on flexors to relax extensors
- Counter-balance: what pushes down for something to lift up
- Where is motion initiated
- Movement from both directions: both elbows and knees move
- Strategies: Auxiliary movements, balancing flexors and extensors.
- Lie flatter on back, reduced lumbar curve, weight more distributed.
- I’d include this in workshops for healthy backs.
- Watch out for the overachievers who are more interested in touching knee to elbow – it’s easy for people to hurt themselves with this one if you don’t nip this in the bud at the beginning.
- In FI, think of aiming for knee with different parts of face as you lift the head.
After doing a lot of standing, a few minutes of the motions from this ATM helps me relax my back.– IPasternack Sep 15, 2010
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