Balance , Learning, and the brain - - - some Feldenkrais® fun

What is learning?

Noticing a difference that makes a difference.

People radically underestimate learning by imagining that it’s all about thinking.

It’s not.

It’s about the perception of differences. Like your thumb and your little finger. Something a baby doesn’t know until she learns. Useful for eating, for piano, the violin, putting on clothes.

A friend of mine is working on returning to better balance.

Dick Staub, a great person. This lesson is for him.

And . . .

Anyone who loves learning, or who wants to be more co-ordinated.

And have fun.

Go to a wall without stuff on it.

Put your hands both on the wall for balance.

Back up a little and lean the top of your head, or someplace near the top, on the wall.

Lean in a little, feeling the weight going from your feet all the way to your head into the wall.

Use your hands for stability.

The Fun:

Take your right foot, and put it in front of your left foot and to the LEFT of it.

So your feet aren’t as usual. Right foot is to the left of your left foot.

Get the right foot as far back as you can easily do, so it’s kind of beside the left foot, and to the left.

Now:

Shift your weight:

To mainly the right toes.

To mainly the right heel.

To mainly the left heel.

To mainly the left toes.

Round and round this circle go.

Feel this in your feet, spine, hands, head.

Breathe easily.

Go much slower than your habit wants.

Have more attention and enjoyment that your habit wants.

Stop and rest.

Then take your feet back to normal and lift your head off the wall.

And take baby steps

SIDEWAYS> So you can keep both hands on the wall.

Walk this easy walk, but feel your feet as perhaps different.

STEP TWO:

Head on wall again.

Right foot to the front and left again.

Do the circles the other direction.

Then the baby walk again.

STEP THREE AND FOUR:

Head on wall again.

Right foot behind the left leg and over to the left of the left foot.

Step 3: circles one way: toe/ heel/ heel/ toe

Slow and aware and enjoy.

Then baby steps.

Step 4: circles the other way.

Baby steps.

STEPS FIVE, SIX, SEVEN , EIGHT

HEAD ON WALL.

LEFT FOOT TO THE RIGHT, BOTH IN FRONT AND BEHIND.

CIRCLES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.

Awareness. Enjoyment. Learning.

Think, notice all the differences your brain is learning and hence building new neurological circuit:

Feet on non habitual sides.

Weight in different places

Use of wall to do a mini mini head stand.

Letting your brain learn new weight and feet and toes and heel distributions.

More.

You notice.

You enjoy.

. . . .

Once, I got food poisoning in a idiotic way. Ate some salmon I’d given to friends in vinegar and they hadn’t refrigerated it and gave it back after I was gone a week.

Bury it I told myself.

Dug the hole.

Put most in.

Smelled it. Smelled good.

Took a bite.

Then buried the rest.

Later, immense dizziness and disorientation.

I needed to walk somewhere, since I needed to move a computer and the grass was wet, and I couldn’t fall back on the fail safe movement when balance is way off: crawling.

Knowing I couldn’t crawl, and being way out of balance, I recalled this “game.”

And did it.

And could walk.

Not great, but hugely improved.

PS, if you think you should bury the salmon, do.

PSS,

Do this, even if your balance is great.

Do it with eyes closed.

Slower.

Learning is noticing differences.

See how wonder-full it is to notice new small differences.

Cheers,

Chris