(Re)Mind Your Body
For men and women: a practical understanding of how your pelvic floor works can help lower back pain, balance, breathing, confidence and continence – and to be effortlessly upright.
16 April 2016 Saturday 10.30 – 14.30 Penrith
Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, CA11 7TR
The Feldenkrais Movement Programme does Lateral Thinking for Bodies
Understand your movement habits and let neuroplasticity re-set
how you move
The workshop's theme is Pelvic floor – it may not sound thrilling but once you get attuned its role is fundamental and makes a lot possible without hard work.
The workshop has similarities to those with ‘Eyes’ or ‘Breathing’ as theme – we focus on actions, and our attention to those actions. Feldenkrais isn’t about aiming to strengthen muscles, but to facilitate their recruitment in a highly nuanced manner. This is a virtuoso ability and indeed this workshop will help your singing, dancing, fine and gross motor activities.
There is a great programme by Feldenkrais trainer Deborah Bowes, to which I am indebted. I have told some of you that when I last taught a pelvic floor workshop I spent a week in preparation doing these lessons myself. Deborah talks of related 'arches' - diaphragm, pelvic floor, and the arches of the feet. Give over, I thought. Until at the end of the week I glanced down at my feet ... and the arches were in better shape than pre-knee injury.
Professor Paul Hodges of the University of Queensland is a guru within the medical mainstream. His specialism is ‘Neuromotor control of movement and stability’ - a ringer for Feldenkrais. His research corroborates that the muscles of respiration and continence contribute to postural control of the trunk and to balance – and vice versa. Google him and commentaries such as ‘Many of the muscles of the trunk (diaphragm, scalenes, erector spinae, intercostals, pelvic floor muscles) and pelvic floor (anal, periurethral, vaginal) are active during breathing and they are modulated in concert with breathing. In chronic respiratory disease, posture is compromised with greater disturbances in the ability to balance in the medial/lateral direction (trunk and hip stability).’
The diagram suggests the interaction amongst diaphragm, pelvic floor, spinal and abdominal muscle groups.
Enjoy using movement & focused attention to improve your proprioception and muscle 'recruitment'. The Feldenkrais Method® offers effective, user friendly exercises that surprise and illuminate! Classes engage the brain’s plasticity to bring about improvements in the body’s comfort and function. The 4 hour practical workshop is suitable for both newcomers to Feldenkrais and old friends of it.
Virginia Taylor PhD is a Feldenkrais practitioner and dance professional. (Re)mindyourbody is a developing social enterprise providing Feldenkrais, dance, arts and health activities, mostly in the north of England.