Take a Stand Towards Effortless Movement!

July 10, 2014
You’ve been sitting for a while and you go to stand up. Simple…yes? Or maybe you struggle to get up off a chair (particularly if it’s a soft, low, enveloping one) and have to use momentum or push with your hands to lever yourself up. Sitting down may be easier as you have gravity on your side and can fall into your seat. Either way you are not in control of the movements and these two activities will become increasingly more challenging unless you do something about it. If you see yourself in this scenario and want to rediscover how simple and easy it can be to make these transitional movements read on.
Our bodies are a collection of simple machines—weights (head, pelvis, torso), levers (arms, legs), hinges (joints), fulcrums (any place we make contact with another surface such as sitz bones, knees, elbows). Applying the principles of physics to movement is called body mechanics and when used properly makes movements effortless. The following two minute video will teach you how to use body mechanics to make the transitions from sitting to standing back to sitting easy and effortless.  

Thousands of people have benefited from Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons; however, we cannot anticipate the needs and/or limitations of individuals. The material contained in this lesson is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Consult your doctor or physiotherapist if you have any concerns. Responsibility for the lessons is strictly that of the user.


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