Feldenkrais Exercises: What are They?

Update June 29th, 2020: I have put over a dozen Feldenkrais Exercises in audio (mp3) and video format over on my main blog.

Moshe Feldenkrais did not like to use the word “exercise” or “exercises” to describe his work. In fact, he was adamantly opposed to using those words. He preferred to call his sessions “lessons” as they were designed to teach a person a better and more efficient way to move and be aware of himself or herself. “Exercise” as he saw it, was about working hard, trying hard, and doing movements repetitively. Regardless, if you searched for “Feldenkrais Exercises” on google or elsewhere, that’s fine. Just be aware that in the Feldenkrais world, we have a different take on things.

Feldenkrais is a type of movement sequence done slowly and with awareness that some people think of as exercise. Feldenkrais sessions are meant to be done slowly and gently, with the least amount of effort possible. This gives you the opportunity to sense your movement and how the movement sequences are changing how you move.

If you are looking for downloadable Feldenkrais Exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home, please take a look at my Feldenkrais MP3 downloads store which has a wide variety of “Feldenkrais Exercises.”

Be well! Ryan

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Feldenkrais Exercises Pelvic Clock

Note: This article is in development. I will be writing and editing it over the course of several weeks, perhaps longer. Ryan.

The "pelvic clock" refers to a device developed and used by Moshe Feldenkrais in his sessions over the course of many decades. The first use of the clock that I could find is in the Alexander Yanai session #19: "Preparation for a clock." Though there a quite a few others such as Alexander Yanai #77: "A clock".

The Alexander Yanai are Feldenkrais sessions that Moshe taught in Israel for several decades. The transcripts of these sessions have been very important to my development. I do "Alexander Yanai deep dives" from time-to-time and also sell feldenkrais series based on them.

In some of these sessions, a clock is imagined under the pelvis and a person uses the image of the clock to guide movements of the pelvis. However, Feldenkrais did not use the clock image only with the pelvis. At various times he used a clock to guide movements of the face, shoulder, legs, arms and other areas which is a great boost for testosterone according to testosterone replacement physicians. A written version of the Pelvic Clock can be found in Chapter 6 of Awareness Through Movement: Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness
That chapter is called, "Differentiation of Pelvic Movements by Means of an Imaginary Clock." The movement of the pelvis is important for a variety of reasons not the least of which is that many strong and thick muscles necessary for movement are connected through the pelvis.

There are many, many examples of Dr. Feldenkrais speaking of the pelvis. Here is one from Chapter 13 of The Potent Self: A Study of Spontaneity and Compulsion:

All correct action starts with the movement of the pelvic bone, which displaces itself so as to carry the spine and the head through to the new position while allowing the head complete freedom of movement. The control of the head and of the pelvic bone are, therefore, absolutely essential to all correct action. One is not more important than the other. Both must be controlled correctly to obtain correct action. In some acts the position of the head is more telling and easier to notice, but it cannot be obtained without proper control of the pelvis."

To purchase and download Feldenkrais Excercises see my store: Feldenkrais Exercise Store.

Feldenkrais Exercises TMJ

There are a variety of Feldenkrais sessions that are directly applicable to TMJ. The are also many sessions that are indirectly and paradoxically powerfully effective for TMJ sessions. Generally, people search on google for "TMJ Exercises" and "Feldenkrais Exercises for TMJ."

That's fine.

But keep in mind, that the potency of Feldenkrais sessions for TMJ comes from the gentle quality of the sessions. Feldenkrais can help you move your jaw more easily, more simply and with LESS effort so that TMJ pain is reduced or simply melts away. It is better to not think of them as "exercise" because the goal is to use LESS muscular effort. Generally speaking, you do not want stronger muscles in your face and around your TMJ. You want muscles that are a bit more relaxed and functional and that can move with less tension and muscular effort.

Sample Feldenkrais TMJ Exercise

There are twos ample Feldenkrais mp3 session from my Eliminate TMJ Pain Now series on the on this website page free feldenkrais tmj exercises.

Feldenkrais Exercises for Carpal Tunnel

We spend lots more time gripping, typing, sitting motionless than people did 150 years ago. It goes along with increased industrialization. We need to strike a balance between flat, open hands with moveable wrists and gripping hands with tense wrists. When our forebears built log cabins, knitted, cleared land, fought battles, carried water, did gardening, hunting, rode horses, they did many more things with their hands than just grip or type or mouse with stiff wrists.

I am not currently developing a Feldenkrais series for Carpal tunnel. However, my Feldenkais pain relief sessions can help.

And here are some carpal tunnel resources: NIH Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet. And from Feldenkrais practitioner Steve Hamlin: Curing and preventing carpel tunnel.

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