Who’s in Charge?

Dear Reader,

One of my favorite Feldenkrais teachers likes to ask, “Who’s in charge? Who decided this is as far as you can go?” Sometimes it feels like a physical limitation—in the muscles or the joints or some mysterious body part that limits our movements. And when it comes to bigger ideas, we can think of all kinds of people and circumstances that limit our possibilities.

Moshe Feldenkrais liked the idea that we have more freedom to move—in our bodies and in our lives—than we usually appreciate. There certainly are limitations all around us, but what might happen if we took a closer look at what’s really possible. What’s binding us, and does it really need to keep doing that?

I often use the image of bumper cars. Sometimes our movements—in our bodies and in our lives—feel like running into bumpers no matter which way way go. But maybe we’re just doing the same thing over and over and not exploring new directions. You know, that old definition of insanity—doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I think we’re all a little crazy, at least some of the time.

What’s one thing you might approach a little differently? Faster, slower, from a different angle? Exploring that idea might just change your life—for the better.

Many of you will have noticed that I’m talking a lot about ribs lately. The ribs, the sternum, and the collar bones can move more than we realize. And when they do, so many things—such as breathing!—become a lot easier. So, on Saturday afternoon, October 28, I’m offering a mini Feldenkrais retreat at the Jung Center of Houston, focusing on finding greater freedom in the ribs. Unlocking the Rib Cage: Opening the Heart

And, of course, our Tuesday online Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes will also create opportunities to breathe and move more easily.

For some folks, it’s especially nice to work one to one. If that interests you, please Book an Appointment or reply to this email to get started.

Have all the fun you can!

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