Happy Feet – Mini Feldenkrais Series #02

How are your feet today?

Give your feet the attention they deserve and you will stand, walk, run, dance and keep your balance better. Using my short Feldenkrais lessons will support you and your feet on this journey. Below you’ll find the five lessons from my Happy Feet – Mini Feldenkrais Series #02.

“Many people have never made any but the most primitive use of their feet. As a result, the only use and idea associated with them is that of a plate-like support to the body.”

Moshé Feldenkrais

Since the beginning of 2021 I am sending out on a weekly basis short Feldenkrais lessons via my newsletter. If you want your own copy join my mailing list HERE, pick Feldenkrais (or Feldenkrais & Tango) as the reason you are joining and on Friday afternoons you’ll receive your movement explorations.

Back to your feet. Pick one or more of the Happy Feet Mini Feldenkrais lessons a day to counteract the influence of stress and tension in your life. 

Happy Feet – Mini Feldenkrais Series #02:

  1. Moving the foot and heel up and down
  2. Moving the edges of the foot
  3. Circles with the foot
  4. Circles with the heel
  5. Playful toes

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