This Balance series aligns and tones the entire spine for “core” support. Feldenkrais lessons differ from traditional exercise by using less effort and focusing your attention on how you make the movements. You’ll feel stronger in your spine through better coordination of how you move.
Begin with “Lesson 1- Cardinal Lines” and follow with “Lesson 2- Finding Center” to establish a strong foundation in balance before doing other lessons. All balance lessons (and other series) build on this initial balance lesson and are gentle. Each lesson can be repeated many times.
I recommend beginning my entire collection of ATMs with at least the first two balance lessons. If you have limitations or pain with any of the positions or movements, the vision or breathing lessons are very gentle and may be a good starting place.
Balance Lessons: Benefits
– Agility for Graceful Movement: Walking, Running, Sports and Dance
– Core support and solid footing
– Emotional & Mental Balance
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Benefits and Description of Each Balance Lesson
1. Cardinal Lines (Esalen 1)
Essential Feldenkrais lesson for core spinal alignment and tone. Improve posture & balance for walking and all activities. Lie on your back and use various movements of the 5 cardinal lines of your limbs and head.
2. Finding Center (Esalen 2)
Find a solid “center” with your spine for better balance and core support! Lie on belly to gently align and tone your spine through lifting movements using one leg or your head with arms and other leg in various positions.
3. Turn the Spine (AY 308)
Lengthen your spine with gentle turning for improved balance, flexibility and posture. Lie on back with one leg long with movement variations of holding head or arms to differentiate turning the spine.
4. Move Against a Flat Plane (AY 112)
Improve agility and core support for graceful walking, running and dancing. Align spine and hips. Lie on back and in sitting with guided hand and foot movements against and imaginary glass plane.
5. Lower Leg Circles (AY 118)
Slightly more advanced lesson for aligning core & sacrum, strengthen footing and leg support. Great for agility. Lie on back and on belly positions with knees bent, moving legs in circles with various positions.
6. Stork Diagonal Balance (AY 345)
Improve one-legged balance and leg alignment for elegant walking, running and all activities. Lie on back with sliding movements with arms overhead in various positions of bent legs, lengthening with one heel.