Reversibility of Movement

May 2, 2017

Usually we move so fast that we’re carried by momentum; to stop a movement in process is often impossible. In a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson movements are deliberately slowed down so that we can fully learn how a movement is constructed and move in any of the four cardinal directions (up, down, left and right) without preparation; in other words anywhere along the continuum of the movement you must be able to stop and go in the opposite direction without any need for adjustment. When you can do that you have mastery over the movement; then when you do the movement quickly it becomes not only easy but elegant.

During my four years of training to become a Feldenkrais® practitioner we did many Awareness Through Movement® lessons based on forward and backward judo rolls. We weren’t marshal art students but by the time we finished the series many of us were able to do both a forward and backward judo roll as easily as the fellow in the following video. The demonstration uses almost the same movement sequences that were used in our lessons. If you watch to the end you will have a better appreciation for the form that is needed to execute these movements with ease and grace. 

Related Video:
How to Learn Judo Kicks in a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lesson with Sandra Bradshaw
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Wake Up Your Body and Brain by Sandra Bradshaw

My book, Wake Up Your Body and Brain is not meant as a “cure all”. It is a place to start a process for physical and mental improvement and give you a taste of what’s possible. It’s now your job to pursue this work and embrace it as part of your daily routine. The Feldenkrais lexicon contains thousands of Awareness Through Movement® lessons addressing every conceivable aspect of movement and improvement. Many of these lessons are available via the internet as on-line classes or prerecorded audio and video lessons. I invite you to explore and experience the possibilities. You will be glad you did! Buy your copy of "Wake Up Your Body and Brain" from Amazon, or download it today.

Sandra Bradshaw, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner Functional Movement Specialist will help you to boost your capacity to move effortlessly. With a background in special education, yoga, functional movement, and music, Sandra integrates this knowledge with the latest brain research to help you find solutions to your personal needs that are effective and long lasting. If you are interested in more information or would like to make an appointment, call Sandra today at 250 862 8489. 

The Feldenkrais Method® created by physicist Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD., combines precisely structured movement sequences with the latest advances in brain research; it will help you recover from specific areas of injury such as the neck and shoulders or to improve fluidity and ease in sports, recreational activities or life. Join the ranks of such notables as actress Whoopi Goldberg, cellist YoYo Ma and the members of the Canadian Men’s Alpine Ski Team.


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