One Foot in Front of the Other

Dear Reader,

Most of us do it every single day. We stand up on our two feet and walk. We’ve been doing it since we were quite small. Until something interferes with the ease of walking, we tend to take it for granted. Put one foot in front of the other and move forward—or sideways or backwards…

But walking is actually quite complex. To put one foot in front of the other, you’ll want to put all your weight on that other foot. And, because the joint that attaches the leg to the hip is a ball and socket joint, there are countless ways of doing that. And that doesn’t even take into consideration, the knee joint, the ankle joint, or all the joints in the foot.

Perhaps you know that we have three different gluteal muscles—on each side. And each of those muscles moves the leg and pelvis in a different direction. And that direction is different if you’re standing on that leg, or if the foot has no weight on it.

Here’s one of the cool things about doing Feldenkrais lessons. You don’t have to know any of this to make improvements. As if by magic—it’s really by bringing attention to what you’re doing—you learn something new about yourself and how you move. Your nervous system can sort out all that new information and suddenly you have more—and easier, more graceful—ways to move about in the world.

There’s something deeply satisfying about paying attention to our patterns of movement and finding more comfortable ways to get around in this crazy, wonderful world of ours. Toward that end, I hope you’ll join me for a Feldenkrais lesson. Our online Tuesday Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons are free/pay as you wish. You can book an appointment for a private online “Functional Integration” lesson or a free consultation . Please contact me directly at 713-213-7643 or reply to this email to book an in-person private lesson.

Have all the fun you can!

Man walking along the Thames Path
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