Free Your Shoulders – Mini Feldenkrais Series #01

I don’t know about you but I can often feel some tension creeping up in my shoulders after hours in front of a computer screen. Of course as a Feldenkrais practitioner I have the tools to help myself and others softening the shoulders and to get the body in gear.

Therefore I started a newsletter series of short movement explorations in 2021 (subscribe here if you haven’t yet). Each Friday afternoon I will drop a new lesson into your inbox so you you can do them where ever you are, whenever you need them and as many times you like.

“You can’t teach anyone anything, you can only create the conditions in which they can learn.”

Moshé Feldenkrais

Free Your Shoulders is the first series of many and contains Mini Awareness Through Movement (ATM) explorations which will help you to soften your shoulders and increase your general well being.

Pick one or more of the Free Your Shoulders Mini Feldenkrais lessons a day to counteract the influence of stress and tension in your life. 

Free Your Shoulders – Mini Feldenkrais Series #01:

  1. Lifting
  2. Forward
  3. Backward
  4. Sternum
  5. Circles
  6. Sit bones

If you would like to receive your own copy of my future Feldenkrais mini lessons join my mailing list HERE. Please make sure you choose Feldenkrais or Feldenkrais & Tango as the reason you are here.

Guidelines for the Mini Feldenkrais lessons

Here are some guidelines to consider.

  • Do the movement as slowly as possible. The quality of the way you move is more important than finding the limit of range and speed. When working with a Feldenkrais mindset everything slows down. Resting in between the explorations gives your brain time to adjust.
  • If at any point the movement gets uncomfortable or even painful, make it smaller or stop completely. In that case work in your imagination instead. Your brain doesn’t learn when you are in pain. The goal is comfort and ease rather than pain and exertion.
  • Read each instruction, do the movement 5-10 times and then explore the variations

After your exploration keep on investigating to see if something has changed in your body and the way you move during the next hours and days. Feel free to repeat these Awareness Through Movement lessons as often as you like and let me know what you think.

Mini Feldenkrais Series

by Bärbel Rücker | Moving Experience