I came across this post called 5 ways to know that you are moving well by Cliff Smyth which I thought was quite insightful. It reminds us that we all have different bone lengths and muscle strengths, different histories of physical training or injuries and different mental outlooks. Which means we all move differently. Moreover, there are some key characteristics of ‘good’ movement that are universal for everyone – and you can learn to identify and feel these qualities for yourself. Indeed, Chris reminds us that it is by improving certain qualities of movement – and your ability to sense them that is at the heart of the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method.
Cliff pointed out that You know you are moving well when:
- your breathing is continuous, and uninterrupted by your movement
- you have a sense of skeletal support
- you can sense how much effort you are using and use only what is necessary for the action you are performing
- you have a sense of relaxed readiness for action
- you can find the sense of lengthening in the spine as you move.
There are many ways to come to be able to sense and produce these qualities of movement. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes and Functional Integration sessions are some of the best ways to learn how to move well – to sense it and to know it.
These are all good things to remember.
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