Welcome to the Feldenkrais Method® Guide’s newsletter and your Fourth Feldenkrais lesson on relaxed breathing.
Many of us habitually create tension by holding our breath or breathing at lower capacity than we could. This lesson will help you discover how to reduce tension throughout your body by using a simple rolling or “wave” pattern of breathing.
It’s especially important in this lesson to follow the natural pattern of your inhalation and exhalation as you do the lesson. Don’t try to force yourself to breathe longer or more fully than you do naturally. As you do the lesson you will probably find your breathing naturally growing fuller – just let the changes the lesson brings occur without forcing anything.
As you’ve probably experienced by now, doing less actually produces more results in this approach.
At this point in working with these lessons, you also might be discovering that improving how you function in one part of yourself (like your breathing) can improve functioning in other areas. Just noticing these improvements can also help you make new connections that lead to additional benefits. The results of these lessons will keep building as your awareness of how you move grows.
As with all Feldenkrais lessons, here are a few guidelines to follow before doing the lesson.
- Move slowly and mindfully so that you can feel each aspect of how you move.
- Don’t stretch, strain or try to break through your limits. Use less effort than you need as you move. You’ll actually improve more quickly as you reduce your effort. “Less is more” in this approach.
- Breathe as you move. Breathing naturally enhances your relaxation.
- Rest whenever you wish, even during directions. Rest helps you integrate improvements.
- Pay careful attention to your comfort.. Never do anything that’s painful. If you do experience any pain, decrease the size and range of movement until the pain disappears. If you can’t eliminate pain, just imagine doing the movement. Experience has shown that you will still receive benefits when using your imagination.
- Each time you repeat a lesson you can learn something new and gain additional improvements. Feel free to repeat any part of the lesson and experiment with the movements throughout your day.
- Don’t do these lessons while driving your car or doing anything else that requires your full attention. Only focus on the lesson at the time you do it.
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