Anxiety, Chronic Stress and the Feldenkrais Method®
Victoria Worsley FG (UK)
While we think of anxiety and stress as mental or emotional states, it is important to remember that they are part of a very complex story that encompasses a cascade of physiological events throughout our whole selves. This story involves a delicate flux and balance held in the (autonomic) nervous system between arousal and relaxation, triggering changes throughout our systems (vascular, pulmonary, muscular, digestive, immune) that ideally enable us to meet periods of challenge effectively and, just as importantly, come back to a quieter, easier place when circumstances allow.

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SenseAbility is a monthly newsletter written by Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionerscm and trainees to explore the various applications of the Method. We have well over 100 articles here to enrich and expand your understanding of the Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness through Movement® lessons, Functional Integration® lessons, and our founder, Moshe Feldenkrais.
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Rib "Cage" or Rib "Basket"?
by: Pamela Kihm, GCFP



Most of us grew up calling the bony structure that surrounds and protects the heart and lungs a "rib cage" but, is it constructed to be more of a cage or a basket? This is a very fundamental question because if you truly think of your thorax as a "cage," you might move with more rigidity. Terminology can affect our perception and performance.

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Sitting Comfortably
by: Jean Elvin, GCFP



Many people have the idea that the pelvis should be "vertical" to have proper posture for sitting. This means that the sacrum, or the back of the pelvis, is at roughly a ninety-degree angle to a flat chair seat, with the "bowl" of the pelvis neither tipping forward nor backward. There are ways to use our pelvis more effectively when sitting, so that we can stay comfortable for longer periods of time, and for moving while sitting, in activities such as computing, driving, visiting with friends, reading, writing, and eating, to name just a few. The short lesson in this article will begin with a vertical pelvis and then explore another alternative. This experiment should take about ten minutes or less. If you start to get tired or sore, of course, stop and rest immediately.

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Becci Parsons Talks about Reclaiming Her Life from Neuropathy
by: Ira Feinstein, MFA



Ira Feinstein: How did you become interested in exploring how the Feldenkrais Method® can help those living with neuropathy?

Becci Parsons: I’m a Feldenkrais® practitioner living with neuropathy.

Over the course of my active life, I've had a number of disc injuries. My original disc herniation was in 1992, a year after I became a Feldenkrais practitioner. I managed pretty well for a few years, largely because of what I learned during my professional Feldenkrais training. When my disc fragmented and the fragments traveled and compressed my spine nerve root, which innervated my foot, surgery became a necessity.

After my first spine surgery in 1997, I had partial foot drop and a little bit of numbness. My balance on my right side was terrible. If I caught my heel on a rock or uneven surface, I fell. As a former professional dancer, this was pretty devastating to me. I used to be able to, jump, turn on a dime and point my foot, but after that injury and surgery, I had muscle weakness and loss of motor control.

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