Breathing, do you know how you doing it?
This series is all about working with breathing to find more space in your lungs. You see, we often suffer from shortness of breath because of loss of muscular sensation in the ribs. The feeling of breathing is actually just the feeling of the muscles opening up space in the lungs for air to come in! But, if you forget about the intercostal (rib) muscles, they won’t open up and air can’t get inside. This method is a great way to radically improve your breathing! So, are your ready to breath easier?
What will you gain from this series?
More comfort breathing through the nose
Breathing for energy – less fatigue.
More clarity – less anxiety.
Better recognition of oncoming on present anxiety.
Bigger sense of space in your lungs, chest and abdomen.
Less shortness of breath – and more comfortable extended periods of inhale and exhale time.
My students report feeling calmer, have more energy, feel taller and wider. My own experience with this method has lead to less anxiety and depression symptoms, better sleep, more energy and less pain.
I don’t believe this method can solve your problems, but I do believe it gives you choices.
The series is really called Gluing in the Lungs, which names the sensation of the muscles in between the ribs pulling the lungs into the ribs on all sides when inhaling. It feels like they are gluing themselves onto and in between the ribs. It’s a really amazing feeling. The more you become aware of this sensation, the more you will open yourself up to deeper and easier breathing.
The first lesson, we gently start to use small, quick and easy breaths to feel the gluing sensation. We also bring into awareness a “sucking” sensation in the exhalation. The second and third lessons get deeper into the gluing and sucking; adding in light pressure from your fingers to help awareness. The third lesson is a deeper continuation, doing the lesson on the belly, along with approaching the gluing sensation from all angles (even the back!). The 4th lesson is incorporating more movement into the search for the gluing and sucking sensations. The last two lessons will explore fun ways to get up from lying to sitting to standing, all the while paying attention to how breath can help rather than hinder or tighten a movement.
→ In these Awareness Through Movement classes, I verbally lead you through a sequence of movements in a variety of positions. These precisely structured movement explorations involve thinking, sensing, moving and feeling. By increasing awareness, you will learn to abandon habitual patterns of movement and develop new alternatives, resulting in improved flexibility and coordination, less pain, more comfort. It helps counter anxiety by understanding the effect on the body. It really just makes you feel taller, more grounded and relaxed – and who doesn’t want that! Doing Feldenkrais is not only for chronic symptoms or pain, it’s also used to increase skill, to open yourself up to new ideas, find choice in absence, and secure proper and easy aging!
→ Many Awareness Through Movement lessons are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities (reaching, standing, lying to sitting, looking behind yourself, etc.). Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. Lessons are fully accessible to those with varying movement possibilities – because lessons can even work in the imagination. Sounds like magic because it is!! The magic of the brain!