Wellbeing is something that requires constant practice. Humans have a great capacity to adapt to different circumstances and situations, but the downside of this is that sometimes we also adapt to conditions that are not entirely playing in our favor, especially in terms of physical wellbeing, ergonomics, and health. For example, we get used to living with pain, we accept pain and discomfort as a part of «normal life» and we slide slowly into states of unease that end up becoming our new normal.
This series of Intelligent Movement® sessions aims to bring your attention to the practice of wellbeing and to the awakening of a greater inner sense of awareness. When you develop your body awareness, you stop accepting states of lesser wellbeing in all the areas of your life. So we will explore this awareness from the physical perspective, and little by little we will see how we can bring this learning to areas beyond the physical part. Welcome to this journey.
In this session we worked with many different things at one, using directed and distributed attention as well as coordinated movements and synchronization to accomplish an everyday activity: rolling from the floor to come to sit up or to lie on the belly.
So, this class has two purposes. On one hand, developing the skills to perform an activity; on the other hand, learning how, by integrating more part of the body into one action, this action can be made in a more organic and coordinated way. There is a lot of information in this lesson, which is why I suggest to you to do the video class several times, and to do it on the other side as well, so that you can integrate this new pattern of movement into your habits.
Here is the full audio of this lesson:
This is the video class of this session:
In this session we worked mobilizing the lumbar spine from a distal perspective: by activating the shoulderblades and the hips, integrating into this movement more and more of the body.
First, I want to share with you this image and this video that illustrate the movements of the shoulderblade and that will help you visualize better the work that we did with the shoulders:
Here is the full audio of this session.
And here’s the videoclass that corresponds to this session. Remember to go gently and to do the movements within a comfortable range. In the chair, most of this movements are related to side-bending, so it can be more challenging for your lumbar spine. Please pay attention to your sensations and respect your own limits. As you have been discovering by now, when you do less, the effect becomes more potent.
In this session we worked with the relationship between the pelvis and the shoulders, in the first place, but also with many other concepts in different layers of depth:
On one hand, how to transform a difficult movement into one that is more accessible (something that we have been exploring in the previous classes) by engaging more of ourselves into it.
On another level, we worked on the
Here is the full audio of this class:
In this session we began by mobilizing the shoulderblades from the arms, and then integrating this movement with the head and other parts of the spine by involving the pelvis in the action. Then we changed the relationship with gravity by doing the rolling of the arms in a sitting position and discovering how the pelvis can be involved in this configuration.
We continue to play around the lumbar spine, without working directly with it. We don’t want to work with the pain,; instead, we want to give relief to the adjacent parts that have been doing extra work to compensate for the lack of mobility and to protect the body from the painful movements of the lumbar area.
Here is the full audio of this class:
And this is the videoclass of this session: