Twisting the shoulder girdle, arms in right angles

Arms and elbows are held in right angles. They are twisted up and down in opposite directions, one hand moves up, one down. You will do differentiations of your head, shoulders, and chest. You explore the shoulder and arm movements in various relations to gravity (in supine, sitting, and kneeling). The pelvis stays stable most of the lesson.

No other earthly being has as many degrees of freedom in their movements as we humans. This is especially true for your arms and how they relate to the head and chest. In this lesson you will discover order and meaning in a seemingly endless range of random possibilities and combinations. Re-discovering your arm, head, and shoulder movements make you feel refreshed and alive. The entire chest will organize to better accommodate head, shoulder, and arm movements, which will even involve the floating 11th and 12th pair of ribs.

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1

On the back

Arms straight to the sides

Review the directions: your in-front, your in-the-back, your downwards, your upwards.

  • In lying supine your in-front is where the ceiling is, your up is in the direction of your head, your down is in the direction of your feet, your behind is at your back where the floor is.

Arms straight to the sides

Review the directions: your in-front, your in-the-back, your downwards, your upwards.

2

On your back, stand your feet. Extend both arms from your shoulders exactly sideways. Bend your arms at your elbows so your hands are pointing towards the ceiling.

Get ready.

Your arms must remain in exact 90/90 degree angles.

  • It is of crucial importance that your arms are straight out and not in an acute angle (closer towards down than up).

    Sometimes how we think something is might be different from how it actually is. We call it subjective vs. objective reality.

    Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais illustrated the importance in strong words: „Everyone feels, internally that he is excellent, but I see discrepancies. It is not only done poorly, the person doesn't realize he is doing it. There isn't any hope when the person doesn't know and thinks his arms are in one line. No other person in the world can help him. Not only another person can't help, God himself could not help.”

Get ready.

Your arms must remain in exact 90/90 degree angles.

3

On your back, feet standing, arms in right angles (90/90).

Tilt lower arms upwards

The back of your hands towards the floor. Keep the 90/90.

  • The essence of this lesson lies in its accuracy. You must preserve the 90/90 degree angles at all times.

Tilt lower arms upwards

The back of your hands towards the floor. Keep the 90/90.

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