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How Your Body Learns New Stuff: Neuro-Muscular Coordination

When you are first learning a new movement or action, you might notice that your movements are kind of big and jerky and rough... but after a while (sometimes just a very short while) it all becomes smoother and easier. Why IS that? Well, this is your body busy learning.  Specifically, it is your nervous [...]

How Your Body Learns New Stuff: Neuro-Muscular Coordination2017-01-03T21:33:45+00:00

Your Back Space – Use it to Find More Movement Freedom!

Your "back space" - the back side of your body... is, well, "out of sight" eh.    It is "back there somewhere", but often not something we notice or USE in our awareness of our movement. So, what happens when you DO pay attention to it?    (And what the heck does a rolling pin have to [...]

Your Back Space – Use it to Find More Movement Freedom!2017-01-03T21:33:45+00:00

Moshe Feldenkrais Working with a Child with Cerebral Palsy

Today, something different from my usual blog and blog video.  I am sharing with you a remarkable TV interview done in 1981 with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (the originator of the Feldenkrais Method®).  The TV show was called "The Medicine Man", with host Dr. Stephen Langer. In this interview, Moshe talks about how, in situations where [...]

Moshe Feldenkrais Working with a Child with Cerebral Palsy2017-01-03T21:33:46+00:00

For Strength: Spread Out the Work, and Go Get “The Big Guys”

Spring is here! I can tell, because the swans and geese are flying overhead - AND I was able to get my canoe into the lake and up into Miles Canyon this past weekend. YIPPEEEEEE!  (This is all happening unusually early this year, after an oddly warm winter here in Yukon.) Every spring, as I [...]

For Strength: Spread Out the Work, and Go Get “The Big Guys”2017-01-03T21:33:46+00:00

Explore new open Length – without “Stretching” or Strain

Last time we looked at one good question, eh:  What is the biological purpose of tightness, and why does some tightness stick around for soooo long and sooooo persistently?? Today, a related good question:  why does "stretching" often not work very well (or feel good!), or last very long??   Hint:  the answer to this is [...]

Explore new open Length – without “Stretching” or Strain2017-01-03T21:33:46+00:00

Why We Have Chronic Tightness – and How to Shift It

So here is a good question, eh: Why DO we have chronic tightness? What is the biological purpose of tightness, and why does some tightness stick around for soooo long and sooooo persistently?? Your body is smart, and it has what it considers to be a good reason for holding on to that tightness. In [...]

Why We Have Chronic Tightness – and How to Shift It2017-01-03T21:33:46+00:00

Release Neck Tension: Move Your Head and Eyes Separately

Welcome to "Grow Your Movement Freedom"! This is my blog that comes out on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, exploring how you can unlock your body, create movement freedom - and open your world! Last time, we looked at how your eyes work, and talked about "vision" and "seeing". And how to [...]

Release Neck Tension: Move Your Head and Eyes Separately2017-01-03T21:33:46+00:00

Release Head and Eye Tension – and See Better

Our eyes do a whole lotta work, every day. Watching the world is a busy business! Humans have "camera-type" eyes. Light comes into the eye, and gets focused through a lens on to a light-sensitive membrane called the retina. We have muscles within the eyeball that help us to focus by bending the lens in [...]

Release Head and Eye Tension – and See Better2017-01-03T21:33:46+00:00

HOW the heck Do We Create Lift, Lightness, Length – against Gravity?

Today, we explore one of life's little mysteries:  HOW do our bodies create length and a sense of lightness, length, lift... a sense of "Up" - against gravity??? The classic model of biomechanics is that bones stack up, like a tower.  And muscles contract to move the bones (because that is all muscles can do [...]

HOW the heck Do We Create Lift, Lightness, Length – against Gravity?2017-01-03T21:33:47+00:00