I teach online Feldenkrais workshops for the ribs and sternum regularly* – these are areas of the self that we do not always expect to exhibit much in the way of free and fluid motion. Our – very bony – chest is both sturdy and potentially very mobile; a ‘container’* that provides important protection for our lungs and heart – two of the most vital of our ‘vital organs’.When we consciously engage with these skeletal structures we are connecting up with our more wiggly ancestors, activating our inner snake, bending sideways along with our inner fish – finding internal nooks and crannies that can release more space for us to breath and more room for the heart to pulse. Between them the breath and the heart beat keep everything alive within us – come along on Sunday and experience for yourself the improvements that come with better internal connectivity and flow!* I do not really like rib “cage”, but I am not that keen on rib “basket” either – any alternative suggestions welcome!
Freeing & Coordinating Ribs, Spine & Breast Bone*
*I teach this workshop at regular intervals, so click here for my current workshop schedule. You can contact me directly if you would like to register your interest in this workshop, or you can join my mailing list for regular updates…
It is easy to overlook the essential role of a well-organised rib “cage” when you are exploring ways to improve your mobility, and easy to see how the persistence of the ‘cage’ metaphor is a natural result of just how rare it is to observe free and easy motion in every part of a particular human chest – unless of course we are watching a dance or gymnastic performance.
Our rib structure is an amazing example of complex evolutionary design. Our whole chest needs to be continuously active, making sure every part of our self is fully replenished with freshly oxygenated blood, from the moment we are born until our very last breath. Because of this constant motion, and because of the way our perceptual systems work, it is natural for us to “edit out” the kinaesthetic sensory feedback coming to us from our ribs and sternum, and despite the complex organisation of their many interconnecting joints we are fully capable of going through an entire day without giving a moment’s attention to how our ribs are moving. Once you are able to mobilise these structures in a more conscious and more functional way, every aspect of your organ function will also improve, making for a future life with more access to your natural vitality and joie de vivre!
This workshop will be beneficial for:
Singers, presenters, performers, and anyone interested in the voice, and issues around self-expression
Anyone dealing with chronic stress issues, or breathing problems/conditions
Anyone dealing with chronic tension in the spine, jaw, neck, and throat
Anyone interested in improving their physical stamina
Very best wishes,