We see someone walking and we just know — that’s Mary! How do we know? Maybe it’s the fluidity and gracefulness of her movement. Or the particular way her head moves, how the arms swing, or the fact that the arms barely move at all! Like walking itself, recognizing another person’s walk is not usually a conscious process. But we can use conscious attention to improve our own walking comfort and enjoyment. An easy place to start is with the shoulders. Perhaps you’ve experienced the difference in walking while holding your shoulders and arms very still compared with allowing your shoulders and arms to move. Most of us notice we take smaller steps when our shoulders and arms aren’t involved
Our brains evolved with a “negativity bias,” So writes neuro-psychologist Rick Hanson. While this was useful to our survival as a species, it is not so helpful in today’s world where chronic stress is a problem for many. Luckily, we can shift that bias, thanks to neuroplasticity, the capacity of our brain to change its connections and structure. Learn how to spend just a few minutes doing so. Your “positivity bias” will grow with practice.
For many, a Feldenkrais movement class is a once, or perhaps twice a week, experience. Like many things, the more time we invest in something, the more rewards we realize. As this article explores, repetition by itself is not the answer. Follow these specific instructions and notice how your ability to sense your movement, alignment and posture grows. And how your ease of movement, comfort, perhaps even coordination and strength improve too. I’ve included several suggestions to expand your movement “practice.”